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Limbo (1999)

In an economically devastated Alaskan town, a fisherman with a troublesome past dates a woman whose young daughter does not approve of him. When he witnesses the murder of his shady brother, he, the woman and the kid run to the wilderness.

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Limbo tells the story of people trying to reinvent themselves in the Southeastern islands of Alaska. The story revolves around Joe Gastineau, a fisherman traumatised by an accident at sea years before, singer Donna de Angelo and her disaffected daughter Noelle who come into Joe's life. When Joe's fast-talking half-brother Bobby returns to town and asks Joe for a favor, the lives of the characters are changed forever. Written by Anonymous

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The Only Thing More Dangerous Than Death... Is Survival. See more »


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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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7 July 1999 (France)  »

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Ennen kuolemaa  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$139,634, 6 June 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,997,807, 15 August 1999
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On some occasions when Noelle is reading from the diary in the cabin, she's sitting with her back to the fireplace. Since the fire is the only source of light at night, that would put the diary in shadow and make it unreadable. See more »

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Joe: So, how did your stuff end up at his place?
Donna: Unforeseen circumstances.
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Better Off Without You
Written by Marshall Chapman, Dennis Walker and Fontaine Brown
Performed by Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
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Realistic Slice of Life Ruined by Gimmicky Conclusion
20 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

"Limbo" continues John Sayles travels around the continent to find distinctive regionalisms and he portrays small town Alaska with a real authentic feel.

The audio and video were out of synch for the first 15 minutes so I missed some of a key scene where the singer breaks up with her boyfriend through a song, which was too bad as the cover songs are terrific, from Tom Waits to Richard Thompson's "Dimming of the Day."

The acting was excellent, particularly, Vanessa Martinez as a very believable teenager. David Strathairn was both restrained and passionate. I just wasn't completely convinced that Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio's character had gone through changes to be at peace with herself. Kris Kristofferson again does a bad guy scarily convincingly.

But the surprise "limbo" conclusion ruined the film for me and virtually everyone else in the audience also groaned.

(originally written 7/12/1999)


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