A family's moral codes are tested when Ray Tierney investigates a case that reveals an incendiary police corruption scandal involving his own brother-in-law. For Ray, the truth is revelatory, a Pandora's Box that threatens to upend not only the Tierney legacy but the entire NYPD.
Tobe is about 16, living with her dad and younger brother in LA's San Fernando Valley. She invites a gas station attendant named Harlan to come to the beach with her and her friends. He's from South Dakota, wears a cowboy hat, talks country, and has been a ranch hand. They have a great time, his simple expressions seem like wisdom, he's attentive and polite, and even though he's more than twice her age, she wants to spend time with him. When her father objects, she rebels. Harlan, meanwhile, thinks she's his soul mate, and he starts making plans to get her away from her father. Worlds are set to collide, but which ones? Written by
There are at least two different versions of the film, with scenes either missing or added and different takes of key moments. The rarer 105-minute cut shortens many scenes but includes a missing scene between Harlan and Lonnie. Indeed, several of the escape scenes are different and in some cases reflect differently on Harlan's character. The sound mix is also different, with "Lean On Me Gently" as the credits song instead of Mazzy Star's "Down From the Bridge." See more »
While Harlan is teaching Lonnie to shoot, he tells the boy that the design of the Colt Peacemaker revolver has never changed since the gun first came out in 1873. In actuality, the Peacemaker underwent several significant changes in the late 1800s. These included a re-designed base pin retainer, an updated ejector rod, and a switch from wood to hard rubber as the standard grip material. See more »
I've tried living down in the valley again, really tried this time. Walked up and down it looking for one open face, but most people I've meet hardly seem like human beings to me anymore.
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For those favoring character-driven films, this is a must-see. The performances are all top-notch: Norton is excellent as always, and Wood's character Tobe is perhaps the best realization of a teen ever committed to film. Also, Rory Culkin is a revelation--his lost moppet is the sympathetic center of the film, and he imbues it with genuine soul.
Much of the film's success is owed to the director, David Jacobson. Judging from this film, he is a more poetic version of a 1970s Scorsese. That may sound like hyperbole, but his take on the human condition and its longing for connection is graceful, daring, and incisive.
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