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The Sunchaser (1996)

Michael Reynolds is a rich oncologist who has a $175,000 sports car, a multi-million dollar home, and a new boost in his career. Brandon 'Blue' Monroe is a dying patient who kidnaps ... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brandon 'Blue' Monroe
Dr. Renata Baumbauer
Victoria Reynolds
Dr. Chip Byrnes
Navajo Woman
Richard Bauer ...
Dr. Bradford
Victor Aaron ...
Webster Skyhorse
Agent Moreland
Brooke Ashley ...
Calantha Reynolds
Head Nurse
Deputy Lynch


Michael Reynolds is a rich oncologist who has a $175,000 sports car, a multi-million dollar home, and a new boost in his career. Brandon 'Blue' Monroe is a dying patient who kidnaps Reynolds. They are going to a legendary Navajo healing place while manhunt closes in. Soon the men get closer in understanding and to the place that may save them both. Written by Robert Krzanowski <stonedpsycho@hotmail.com>

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It began as a kidnapping. It became a journey of hope.


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Rated R for strong language and some violence | See all certifications »





Release Date:

25 October 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sunchaser  »

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Box Office


$23,107 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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This is Michael Cimino's biggest box-office flop. The film grossed less than $30,000 domestically on a $31 million budget. See more »


The bullet hole in the windshield of the car is clearly visible a few seconds before the bullet is fired. See more »


[last lines]
Brandon 'Blue' Monroe: May beauty be before me. May beauty be behind me. May beauty be above me. May beauty be below me. May beauty be all around me.
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9 February 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Michael Cimino's "The Sunchaser", as was shown the other night on a cable station, looked faded. Working on a screen play by Charles Leavitt, Mr. Cimino doesn't add anything new to this genre.

If you haven't seen the movie, please stop reading now.

The choice of Woody Harrelson to play Dr. Michael Reynolds, seems to have been the wrong decision. Mr. Harrelson, a good actor, otherwise, appears out of his league and sometimes out of character. Dr. Reynolds is, at the beginning of the film, a man more interested in going to higher and better places, rather than treating some of the patients he's assigned to see. He has all the accoutrements that go with his position as a rising oncologist, including his brand new red Porsche, the status symbol of Angelinos.

When he is made to go along with the sick prisoner Blue, he gets a taste of what the ghetto is like. He has no choice but to go along for a ride with this disturbed young man. Blue is a Navajo by birth, but he's been away from his roots in a while.

Along the way to the Navajo sacred mountain, this odd couple experience quite a lot. Dr. Reynolds doesn't warm up to Blue at all. When a kind soul, Dr. Baumbauer, gives the pair a lift, Reynolds voices his prejudices loudly. After all, he's a man that has been trained professionally, therefore, he doesn't have time for these New Age charlatans who think the same way as Blue. The ending is predictable.

Woody Harrelson is miscast in the movie. Jon Seda, as the fugitive Blue, gives an uneven performance. The only one that fares better is Anne Bancroft, in her small role of a wise doctor Reynolds and Blue meet on the road.

Just out of curiosity, I watched the credits to see if the production company would have clarified that "No Porsche was damaged during the filming process".....

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