In mid-1800s England, Oscar is a young Anglican priest, a misfit and an outcast, but with the soul of an angel. As a boy, even though from a strict Pentecostal family, he felt God told him ... See full summary »
A veteran high school teacher befriends a younger art teacher, who is having an affair with one of her 15-year-old students. However, her intentions with this new "friend" also go well beyond platonic friendship.
Berlin, July, 1945. Journalist Jake Geismer arrives to cover the Potsdam conference, issued a captain's uniform for easier passage. He also wants to find Lena, an old flame who's now a prostitute desperate to get out of Berlin. He discovers that the driver he's assigned, a cheerful down-home sadist named Corporal Tully, is Lena's keeper. When the body of a murdered man washes up in Potsdam (within the Russian sector), Jake may be the only person who wants to solve the crime: U.S. personnel are busy finding Nazis to bring to trial, the Russians and the Americans are looking for German rocket scientists, and Lena has her own secrets. Written by
The movie poster is an homage to a poster for the classic Warner Bros. film Casablanca (1942), as is the closing scene at the airport. See more »
Sikorsky examines some currency, paying close attention to the serial numbers. He's shown examining the bills: their serial numbers are rendered in an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) typeface, which wouldn't be introduced until decades later the period of this film. See more »
A real yawner! Dull script....cinematography weak at best
I really wanted to like this film. I have always found the noir style appealing, but when the script is weak and the characters unlikeable as is the case in this very slow film, that noir style only adds to the tedium of the experience. I'm no photography expert, but the cinematography also has a very amateurish "look" like the film was developed at Walgreens. Nothing like the "look" of classic noir films. This is true right up to end of the film where the movie closes with a laughable imitation of the closing scene of "Casablanca," airport, trench coats, fog machine and all. Really, really bad! Some in our audience were actually laughing at this point. This scene alone took this movie from C- to D-. George Clooney never seems like Capt Geismer, he only seems like George Clooney in costume. George, you are gorgeous, but as an actor you are exceedingly dull. Unfortunately, you are as uninteresting on screen as Al Pacino, Humphrey Bogart, etc are interesting. George, go back to "Oceans Eleven" where you are at least somewhat believable. Cate Blanchet, I thought, was surprisingly poor as Lena. Somber to the point of depressing, she was an unlikeable and uninteresting character (and for some unknown reason, Cate seemed to "squint" throughout the entire movie, maybe that helped generate the unconvincing accent). Poor Cate seemed to be doing an almost comic bad imitation of Marlene Dietrich, but Cate really reminded me of Cloris Leachman as Frau Blucher in "Young Frankenstein" - Cate was soooo "serious" she came across as doing a comedy bit imitation. The best part of the film was the first few minutes...some very interesting original shots of the devastation of post-war Berlin. Unfortunately, this only lasted 5-10 minutes and gave way way to the devastation of a bad, dull script.
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