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Trouble in Mind (1985)

R | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | March 1986 (USA)
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The lives of an ex-con, a coffee-shop owner, and a young couple looking to make it rich intersect in the fictional and hypnotic Rain City.

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Elmo
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In the metropolis of Rain City which is run under a military state, Wanda's Café is the meeting point for several individuals, who, in the words of Lt. Gunther of the police department, are converging on "the shit (they're) wallowing in". Former Rain City police officer John Hawkins - Hawk to his friends - has just been released from prison where he served eight years for murder, a crime to which he readily admits. He killed Fat Adolph, a mobster, in an effort to clean up the streets and protect the ones he loved. He has returned to Wanda's - Wanda who was his former lover - to restart his life. Straightforward Wanda still loves Hawk, but is not in love with him, and as such offers him a place to stay with no strings. Wanda has just hired largely innocent Georgia to work in the café. Penniless Georgia and her husband Coop have just arrived in Rain City with their infant son Spike in the run-down camper in which they live. They believed moving to the city - their first time ever in ... Written by Huggo

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Geneviève Bujold dyed her hair red for her role as Wanda. See more »

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Hilly Blue: [Talking to John Hawkins during the party] You know, not long ago I thought about committing suicide again. From time to time it gets to me. But then I think about how I didn't kill myself the other times. So I go to sleep for several days, and, when I wake up, I'm famished - a sure sign of good health. And good health is essential, isn't it, John?
Hilly Blue: [Turning to head down some stairs] John, come on down here. You must *always* pay attention when I speak - especially when I am discussing health... ...
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Trouble in Mind
Written by Richard M. Jones
Performed by Marianne Faithfull
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Weird and wonderful
19 July 2001 | by (Sarasota, Florida) – See all my reviews

Alan Rudolph's 'Trouble in Mind' has kept coming back to haunt me over the years. Rudolph's vogue was in the late '80s and ended as quickly as it began for some unknown reason. His films are, if nothing else, original and fascinating. Rudolph always set his movies in some sort of nightmare future, and often disturbingly probable futures. 'Trouble in Mind' is set in "Rain City" aka Seattle in some sort of post-war world where Japanese is as widely spoken by the populace as English. There are enigmas, typical of Rudolph, which are not explained but allowed to simply "be there" as part of the setting. This is refreshing after all the didactic, over-explained and simple-minded plots lobbed at us out of Hollywood. Rudolph, a protegée of Robert Altman, was, like Altman, not really in the Hollywood rut, but unlike Altman and Woody Allen, has not successfully maintained an ongoing production line of new work. I think 'Troube in Mind' is his best film. The story is intriguing and cogent and intellectually challenging as well as beautiful to look at. The only weaknesses or "faux" moments are the moments aphoristic philosophizing by certain of the characters. But these are quickly passed over and forgotten. There are some superb performances from some of Rudolph's regular actors like Genevieve Bujold and Keith Carradine. Kris Kristofferson is also fine as Hawk, the neer-do-well "bad" cop with a heart and a brain. But it is the wonderful performance of Lori Singer that sets the seal on this fine movie. What has happened to her? And then, last but not least, there is Divine in his only performance as a man. And yes, he could act, and he was funny and had charisma without the wig and the high heels and the make-up. There are also excellent performances from the supporting cast, notably, George Kirby as the police chief and Joe Morton as a strange, twisted veteren of some Viet Nam type scenario. The whole thing is sandwiched in between the ever-wonderful vocalizing of Marianne Faithfull's singing of the theme song "Trouble in Mind". A fascinating and haunting film too often dismissed as half-baked and confusing. If you love 'Blade Runner' you'll like 'Trouble in Mind'. In fact they make a fine double feature.


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