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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Kirby ...
Lieutenant Gunther
Nate Nathanson
Fat Adolph
Mardy Stoog
Antonia Dauphin ...
Sonja Nathanson
Billy Silva ...
Caitlin Ferguson ...


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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March 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Cidade do Vício  »

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Did You Know?


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 »


Hawk: If a man looked at a woman's mouth before her eyes, he'd get fooled a lot less.
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Rusty Dusty Blues
Written and Performed by Louis Jordan
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Moody masterpiece...
15 August 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The forecast is overcast. Director Alan Rudolph sets the tone early on and TROUBLE IN MIND never once strikes a sour note. The cinematography is superb: the camera never stops moving, drifting slowly toward or pulling slowly away from the ex-con, Kristofferson, the country bumpkin-cum-Big City thug, Carradine, his mentor, Morton, the naive engenue, Singer, the survivor, Bujold, or the king of queens, Divine. The story unfolds gradually, logically. The music is appropriately moody. THIS is the way to tell a story. Anyone seriously interested in writing or directing needs to add this one to their list of must-see movies. To miss it would be to miss out.

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