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God's Lonely Man (1996)

NC-17 | | Drama | 18 January 1996 (USA)
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As each relentless night turns towards day, Ernest Rackman turns towards violence to escape thoughts of loneliness and suicide. Then he poses as a police officer and rescues a young girl ... See full summary »

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(as Francis Von Zerneck)

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(as Francis Von Zerneck)
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Cast

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Michael Wyle ...
Ernest Rakman
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Hustler
Kyle Kelley ...
Patron
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Meradith
Kevin Haley ...
Gary
J.C. Quinn ...
Clarence
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Christiane Birsh
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Babsy
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Danielle
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Rick
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AA Speaker (as Ginger Lynn Allen)
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Waitress
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Niki Birsh
Rodney Harvey ...
Glen
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Keith
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As each relentless night turns towards day, Ernest Rackman turns towards violence to escape thoughts of loneliness and suicide. Then he poses as a police officer and rescues a young girl from her parent's apartment, where she was forced into a compromising life. Having discharged his violence, he plans to move forward with this new relationship, but the demons of loneliness and despair still haunt him. Written by Cinequanon

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18 January 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Isten magányos embere  »

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Uneven but still reasonably interesting homage to 'Taxi Driver'.
28 January 2003 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'God's Lonely Man' is allegedly "inspired by fact" so when watching this obvious homage to 'Taxi Driver' it raises some interesting questions regarding fact and fiction, what is real and what isn't. Almost any movie compared to Scorsese's masterpiece can't help but come off second best, but Gaspar Noe managed to make a brilliant and disturbing movie inspired by the same source (1998's 'I Stand Alone') so there's really no reason why Von Zerneck Jr couldn't have done the same. Unfortunately 'God's Lonely Man' doesn't entirely convince. Maybe it is Michael Wyle in the lead role, I dunno, but something just doesn't ring true, and his character's eventual freak out seems forced and unreal. Much better I thought was Heather McComb ('Apt Pupil') who gives a strong performance which shows a lot of promise. The best scene by far in the film was the movie screening involving an unusually cast but very effective Paul Dooley ('Sixteen Candles') and the very creepy Tom Towles ('Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer'). That was powerful, shocking and unexpected. If the rest of the movie had been as good as that it would have been another story, but as is, this is an uneven, sometimes dull and frustrating movie, which even so JUST has enough good bits to make it worth watching. Many others think much more highly of this movie than me, but I can't say it impressed me all that much.


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