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Starry Night (1999)

 -  Comedy  -  1 November 2003 (Japan)
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A magic potion returns artist Vincent Van Gogh back to life and lands him in the center of the Rose Bowl Parade in this oddball comedy. Of course, no one believes who he is and he is ... See full summary »

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David Abbott ...
Vincent Van Gogh (as Abbott Alexander)
Lisa Waltz ...
Kathy Madison
Lou Wagner ...
Gabe Burton
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Detective Brook Murphy
Brian Drillinger ...
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Lesley Woods ...
John Fink ...
Alex Manners
Denice Marcel ...
Kim, Kathy's Friend (as Denise Marcel)
Leonard Ross ...
Mr. Morganstern
Philip Abbott ...
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Margot
Mark Morocco ...
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Professor Beckmore
Joseph Benti ...
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A magic potion returns artist Vincent Van Gogh back to life and lands him in the center of the Rose Bowl Parade in this oddball comedy. Of course, no one believes who he is and he is startled to discover his popularity after the passage of time. This sets him off on a crusade to steal his paintings back from collectors and sets a detective on his trail. Along the way, he makes friends with an ambulance chasing attorney and a young artist, who gradually begin to believe his claims of identity. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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A century is a long time to wait for your dreams to come true.

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Rated PG-13 for a scene of nudity | See all certifications »
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Nice plot premise but execution is woeful.
1 October 2000 | by (Los Altos, CA) – See all my reviews

The plot premise of Starry Night - the trials and tribulations that Vincent Van Gogh might have if he came back to life was appealing enough for me to pick this movie off the rental video shelf. And the movie starts out promisingly enough with Don McLean's song "Starry, Starry Night". Unfortunately that is the high point.

First of all the production values in this movie are sadly lacking. The low point is the scenes "in France" are clearly travelogue interspersed with close-up cuts of the actors. They culminate in a scene in a church crypt that is more like a funeral home casket display room than a crypt. Bizarre.

Then there is the acting which ranges from bad to appalling. None of the actors do very well but particularly of note is Sally Kirkland who plays the meanest policeman to come down the pike. The love angle is strange, given that Van Gogh's status is never addressed - is he a zombie, an apparition or is he just alive again but about to die in a 100 days per the way he was bewitched?

Then there is the credibility angle. Is it really possible for a person to walk into an auction for a $100 million painting, pick up the painting and run out with it?

Finally there is the biggest continuity gaffe I have ever seen. The same scene (actually the same plot point) regarding the first theft of a picture is repeated twice!


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