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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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Lieutenant Gunther
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Elmo
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Spike
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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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The Seattle Monorail stands in for the transportation system in Rain City and appears to go everywhere. The real life monorail has two parallel lines, one blue and one red. It only has two stops, one at each end. With clever editing it appears to go everywhere in Rain City. See more »

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Hawk: [to Lt. Gunther] A little bit of everybody belongs in hell, Lieutenant.
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Featured in Halves of a Dream: Making Trouble in Mind (2010) See more »

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Trouble in Mind
Written by Richard M. Jones
Performed by Marianne Faithfull
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uneven pulp fiction from an idiosyncratic filmmaker
11 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's hard to decipher the motivation behind this attractive but often labored retro-noir potboiler, which in appearance (and appearances are all the film has to offer) falls uncomfortably somewhere in between an homage to and a satire of classic 1940s crime dramas. The characters are all familiar from other Alan Rudolph daydreams: the laconic lone-wolf hero (Kris Kristofferson, as a low-life ex cop); the tough-but-sensible cookie with a kind streak (coffee waitress Geneviève Bujold); and Rudolph regular Keith Carradine as the innocent bystander, chasing success into the gutters of Rain City (a.k.a. Seattle). But the dialogue, mood, and the story itself are self-consciously artificial, owing more to mid 1980s music-video hyperbole than to any Golden Age Hollywood film style, and the plot doesn't so much develop as congeal. Highlights include Carradine's scene-by-scene metamorphosis into something resembling Ziggy Stardust, and a brief but startling moment when a villain is drowned in a parked car filled with water.


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