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Writer (WGA):
Lloyd Fonvielle (written by)
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Release Date:
21 August 1988 (USA) See more »
Some Passions Can Be Deadly
Eddie is a private detective. When a client asks him to help persuade his ex-wife to leave him alone... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Tommy Lee Jones ... Eddie Mallard

Virginia Madsen ... Rachel Carlyle
Colin Bruce ... Charlie Rand

Denise Stephenson ... Debbie
Kevin Jarre ... Tim

Frederic Forrest ... Father George

J.B. White ... Jimbo
Michael Chapman ... Landlord
Alec Willows ... Bartender
Jack Creley ... Grandfather
Peter Jobin ... Doorman
Michael Villella ... Cop (as Michael Villela)
David Cryer ... Waiter
Molly Johnson ... Female Singer
Hugh McCarten ... Piano Player

Directed by
Lloyd Fonvielle 
Writing credits
Lloyd Fonvielle (written by)

Produced by
Keith Addis .... executive producer
Gerald I. Isenberg .... executive producer
Eli Johnson .... co-producer
David J. Latt .... producer
Original Music by
George S. Clinton 
Cinematography by
Michael Chapman 
Film Editing by
Evan A. Lottman 
Casting by
Pam Dixon 
Production Design by
Carol Spier 
Costume Design by
Linda Matheson 
Production Management
Deb LeFaive .... production supervisor
David A. Shepherd .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Reid A. Dunlop .... second assistant director
David Hoffert .... third assistant director
Margaux Mackay .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Owen Langevin .... sound mixer
Harry Madsen .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Stewart Aziz .... second assistant camera
Raymond Fortune .... gaffer
Barry Goodwin .... best boy
Brian Harper .... first assistant camera
Gordon Langevin .... camera operator
Ron Renzetti .... dolly grip
John Williamson .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Marypat Plottner .... assistant editor
Music Department
Virginia S. Ellsworth .... music editor
Other crew
Jaap Broeker .... stand-in: Tommy Lee Jones
Christopher Comrie .... assistant accountant
Susan Kavesh .... production coordinator
William James Kennedy .... stand-in
Eric T. Snyder .... assistant locations (as Eric Snyder)
Michael Tough .... location manager
Mimi Wolch .... script supervisor
Dabney Coleman .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Dead Can't Lie" - , USA (working title)
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98 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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The address Rachel gives Eddie (330 Central Park West) does not and cannot exist because all the residences on Central Park West all have odd-numbered addresses. (The "even-number" address side of the street is the side of the street that Central Park borders.)See more »
Rachel Carlyle:There's nothing fair about me, Eddie. I start the game owning Boardwalk and Park Place... and everybody pays. Thanks for the drink, Eddie. It was fun.See more »
Every Step of the WaySee more »


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13 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
An unjustly-neglected American classic of the Inner Landscape., 10 June 2001
Author: ( from Millbrae, California

What REALLY happens inside a man when he "falls in love"? If you want to begin to get a clue, or - better yet - if you are tearfully trying to grasp what on earth has happened to you in particular, you should see "Gotham" - again and again. It is an American classic of the Inner Landscape.

I wonder how much idea Tommy Lee Jones and company had of just what they were enacting. Only as much as writer/producer/director, Lloyd Fonvielle, was able or willing to tell them. Siskel & Ebert, etc., totally missed the point. Why? Because people in our culture are not prepared for a movie whose plot/premise barely holds together as a tale of what occurs in the world but which, as an inner story (dream- or myth-like), works quite beautifully. (In that sense the movie's plot is rather like our lives!)

Your enjoyment/comprehension of this movie will be much enhanced if you have at least some familiarity with the Jungian Anima (I mean conceptually - we men all do experientally, although depressingly few know much about, or acknowledge, Her!). If you don't, I don't want to put you off. It will do quite nicely if a woman's image has - in whatever way - just devastated you, or some man you know, inside. I've never seen a movie where this is so graphically depicted. The decline and Fall. "How will I find you?" Eddie quaveringly asks. "Don't worry," she wryly replies, "I'll find YOU." Oh, yes.

This movie is incredibly rich in symbols and insight, and really repays multiple viewings. Even if you don't understand why Eddie's name is Mallard; why Rachel's face has suddenly become chalky white as she turns and emits her spine-chilling anger when challenged by Eddie on a matter of historical accuracy; the Doorman; why it is death to "sleep with a ghost"; what the pirate's sword is all about (re-read your Tristan & Isolde, the chapel); why She MUST emerge from the mist, at the brazier, to warn Eddie not to embark on his own destruction, before herself taking the executive role in bringing it about ("I've KILLED you, Eddie…and I'm GLAD I did!"); the role of the psychic detective (that's you - or could be); the splitting of the male psyche into Charlie and Eddie, as separate disastrous approaches to Her; the jewels (and this IS pretty murky!); the themes of watery immersion, pugilism, paganism vs Christianity, etc., EVEN THEN…something will scratch at you as watch this movie.

As you can probably tell, I'd love to bend your ears with a full-scale analysis, but the 1000 word limit protects you from people like me! Feel free to e-mail me if you want to talk about Gotham, I never found anyone on my wavelength (what a shock).

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