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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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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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One of two cinema movie collaborations of writer-director Alan Rudolph and actor-singer Kris Kristofferson. The first was Songwriter (1984) and the second was the following year's Trouble in Mind (1985). Rudolph was a director on the first film and a writer-director on the second whilst Kristofferson acted in both and sang as well in the first movie. 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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Needs a U.S. version of the DVD!
1 May 2002 | by (Kansas City, MO) – See all my reviews

A terrific, quirky film by Alan Rudolph. As an earlier reviewer wrote, he has weird things going on that are never explained. They are just features of his "alternative future". Remember that so much of the world we live in goes by, unexplained. It helps break this film away from the Hollywood-spoonfed blandness.

A real treat not commented on is Keith Carradine. A veteran of Alan Rudolph films, he has a wonderful transformation. Without any commentary, he goes from a rural-type (flannel shirt & jeans) to a denizen of the city (wild clothing, make-up, boufant hairdo). And his behavior gets more bizarre with his change in locale.

Also, watch for one of cinemas most unique murders. Let's just say it involves water, a major feature of the movie, but it takes place in a location you would never fathom.

This is one film I would love to see get the deluxe DVD treatment. Widescreen, director commentary, deleted scenes. It is an overlooked wonder.


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