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Lone Star (1996)

When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town.

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John Sayles' murder-mystery explores interpersonal and interracial tensions in Rio County, Texas. Sam Deeds is the local sheriff who is called to investigate a 40-year-old skeleton found in the desert....As Sam delves deeper into the town's dark secrets, he begins to learn more about his father, the legendary former sheriff Buddy Deeds, who replaced the corrupt Charlie Wade. While Sam puzzles out the long-past events surrounding the mystery corpse, he also longs to rekindle a romance with his old high-school flame. Sayles' complex characters are brought together as the tightly woven plot finally draws to its dramatic close. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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John Sayles invites you to return to the scene of the crime.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Rated R for brief language, sex and violence | See all certifications »

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21 June 1996 (USA)  »

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Estrella solitaria  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,845,000 (USA) (19 July 1996)

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$13,269,963 (USA) (10 January 1997)
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Was #5 on Gene Siskel's list of the Best Films of 1994. See more »

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A woman mentions that a high school football player runs the 40-yard dash in 3.4 seconds. This is highly unlikely, as most of the records for the fastest 40-yard dash are around 4 seconds flat. See more »

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[first lines]
Cliff: [cataloging the flora] We got cenizo, that's purple sage, agave, nopal... What's that stuff? Yeah that's it, that's whatchamacallit. That's horse crippler.
Mikey: This place is a gold mine.
Cliff: Lead mine.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 1996 (1997) See more »

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Mi Unico Camino
Written by Rubén Méndez (as Ruben Mendez)
Performed by Conjunto Bernal
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Brilliant
13 September 2001 | by (L.A. CA) – See all my reviews

Ive always admired Sayles as a writer and a filmmaker. His early films (Secaucus 7, Brother from Another Planet) even though they were rough and messy had wit and brilliant acting, but when he gets it right, he gets it right: Matewan and City of Hope are two examples of multi-layered stories with believable three-dimensional people in powerful situations. Lone Star is an amazing film: characters that are on screen for even a few minutes come of as real people, flesh and blood, no cardboard cut-outs here. Great performances from Chris Cooper, Kris Kristofferson, Elizabeth Pena, Joe Morton and many, many more. Taut, funny, thrilling and emotional. Great film by a great talent.


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