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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Roxana Zal ...
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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Also Known As:

Isten magányos embere  »

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A relentless tribute to the ongoing legacy of Taxi Driver
23 May 2001 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

In the years since I saw this film in 1997, it remains a dark, desolate, haunting experience which repeated viewings have not diminished. Its a strong film which gets inside the alienated yearning of a central character, Ernest, whose love and passion is undercut by self-hatred and fear of his own invisibility. The resemblance to Travis Bickle from "Taxi Driver" is a welcome reminder that the cinema can still seek out the painful, destructive and lost characters that were far more frequently and successfully envisioned in 1970s films. Its not really a pastiche or mockery as some critics on its release argued. Rather its a re-examination of the place of someone like Travis Bickle in another time. Its also based on a true story. This gut-wrenching film has a fearsome score reminiscent of "The Exorcist" (even the credits evoke that film). It succeeds best in those moments where Ernest and 15 year old Chrsitiane seek to establish a truthful relationship. Its not an easy film and the performance of Michale Wyle is jarring on a first viewing but in time the truth of his performance shines. Morally the film is complex and the violence is excessive.


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