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Out of the Black (2001)

Two brothers struggle to uncover the truth behind the mining accident that killed their father and bankrupted the town.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cole Malby
Elizabeth Malby
Jason Widener ...
Patrick Malby
Sheriff Masterson
Penny Hart (as Dee Wallace-Stone)
Cait McLachlan (as Jacqueline Aries)
Dirk Hobson
Eugene Carter
Cal Malby
Tommy Lafitte ...
Sonny Hobson
Michael Marsico ...
Young Cole Malby


Set amongst the rolling hills of Western Pennsylvania's once prosperous coal country, Out of the Black is a suspensful, compelling tale of two brothers, Cole and Patrick Malby, and their quest to unravel the mysteries surrounding their father's death. Based around the true story of one of the countries worst mining accidents on record, this heartfelt drama follows the plight of two brothers' quest for the truth. Hiding from their past and keeping to themselves, the two young men afford a meager, day by day existence, working their small, dilapidated farm. But all that is about to change, when a strange woman, Cait MacLochlainn, arrives in town to find her long lost father, a man she's never met. Through a series of events, Cole reluctantly resolves to help Cait locate her father. The result proves to be a profound journey of personal truths, freedom and, finally...love. Written by Anonymous

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25 July 2001 (USA)  »

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Buried Lies  »

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Cole Malby: From now on, leave the killing to the killers.
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An unsung throwback to classic moviemaking, for teens andup.
29 October 2002 | by (Kansas City, MO) – See all my reviews

I ran into my local vid store yesterday, to check out the new releases. I found, among many, a movie I haven't heard of before. The film was called "Out of the Black." It had some recognizable names, including many award winners and nominees like Sally Kirkland, so for the price of a rental I figured I had nothing to lose.

Do you remember when films were of the quality of old John Wayne movies, or television of the likes of Bonanza, or Little House but edgier? That describes "Out of the Black," an unsung minor miracle of a movie about two young brothers who set to solve the mystery of their father's death from a mining explosion over ten years before. Tyler Christopher plays Cole Malby, the protagonist of the story who seems to never have gotten over his dad's death. As he joins forces with his brother, Patrick, tensions arise when they both become attracted to the mysterious Cait, a beautiful young woman from New York who sets to find her own missing father. Action, laughs and drama ensue, including a few moments of heartbreaking honesty. My video group and I cannot praise this film enough. Go see "Out of the Black."

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