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Twilight Highway (1995)

Five disengaged, misplaced people whose paths collide in a New Jersey roadside motel.


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Gillian Hemstead ...
Damon Saleem


Mystery and fate collide in the darkly comic Twilight Highway, the story of five disengaged, misplaced people whose paths collide by fate or coincidence in a New Jersey roadside motel. A motel that is set in the industrial wasteland that is New Jersey's Meadowlands. Lenny Sterling (Sandy Baron) is the Prospero-like ruler of this sad eerie kingdom: He is the motel's manager, concierge, chamber maid and he is the featured attraction of the motel's bar/lounge. A performer in the style of Dean Martin, he performs nightly but there's never an audience. Lenny's life is transformed when four young misfits are stranded at his motel. Jimmy (D.V. DeVincentis) and Eugene (Damon Saleem) are on a road trip from Ohio, headed to Times Square when their car breaks down. Shelby (Laurie Taylor-Williams) is on the run from a violent boyfriend and along for the ride is her best friend Maryanne (Gillian Hemstead) Haunted by his Atlantic City past, Lenny jumps at the opportunity for an audience and a ... Written by Claire Hann

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Smart European style little film
14 December 2009 | by (London,England) – See all my reviews

This is clearly a low budget indy, but it is very well acted and atmospheric. I really liked it, especially the sense of intimacy! The performances by Sandy Baron, who appeared on a number of SEINFELD episodes as Jack Klompus, co-director and writer Laurie Tayor-Williams, also a SEINFELD alum (Risa Costanzo), and DV DeVincentis, are all mysterious and naturalistic. Directors Taylor-Williams and Merce Williams, a married couple, are to be commended for making a small character driven European style film in New Jersey or Long Island, some suburb of New York anyway. There is almost a Hopper-esquire feel to the locations.

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