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Down in the Valley (2005)

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Set in the present-day San Fernando Valley, the project revolves around a delusional man who believes he's a cowboy and the relationship that he starts with a rebellious young woman.

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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for violence, sexual content, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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9 December 2005 (Sweden)  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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£39,803 (UK) (26 May 2006)

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$568,695 (USA) (4 August 2006)
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The $8 million budget was financed by a wealthy producer-financier, Sam Nazarian of Element Films. See more »

Goofs

October's nail polish changes repeatedly from a dark red color to pale nude, without giving her time to change it. This is particularly noticeable when she is walking in the rain after confronting her father and her nails are red, but then a short while later when she comes out of the rain to talk to Harlan in the diner her nails are pale. See more »

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Harlan: 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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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

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Written by Joey Burns
Performed by Calexico
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intense psychodrama
5 February 2007 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Edward Norton's troubled character is really strong, reminding somehow Taxi Driver's De Niro - though not so immense. The story is well-told and generates suspense and melancholy, plus David Morse is in my opinion a very talented actor and Rachel Wood's performance is nothing bad. That's why I reckon this revisionist Western is cryptic and enigmatic at the same time, powerful would say. On the other hand the lead actor is one of the best nowadays and this time, playing the role of a potential psychopath turning into a real psychopath, manages to be extremely believable. The Los Angeles setting as well is very appropriate.


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