MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 59 this week

Passion Play (2010)

 -  Drama | Fantasy | Romance  -  2011 (Brazil)
4.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.9/10 from 6,843 users   Metascore: 22/100
Reviews: 89 user | 60 critic | 11 from Metacritic.com

An angel under the thumb of a ruthless gangster is saved by a trumpet player down on his luck.

Director:

Writer:

(screenplay)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Live Chat with Keanu Reeves

We conducted a Live Chat with Keanu about his upcoming film John Wick.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 11 May 2011
 
a list of 46 titles
created 22 Jul 2011
 
a list of 22 titles
created 02 Sep 2012
 
a list of 34 titles
created 29 Sep 2012
 
a list of 27 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Passion Play" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Passion Play (2010)

Passion Play (2010) on IMDb 4.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Passion Play.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A Martial Artist, afflicted with a disease that makes beautiful women want to kill him, goes on a suicide mission to find true love anyway.

Director: Colin Miller
Stars: Colin Miller, Gianni Lazuli, Alex Cain
Action | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Within a couple of hours, a new disease wipes out almost all of mankind. Trying to avoid infection, people flee to remote locations, but they start seeing mysterious black figures, carrying... See full summary »

Director: Doug Roos
Stars: Carey MacLaren, Laurel Kemper, Kory Abreu
She Wants Me (2012)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A neurotic writer working on his new film gets into a tricky situation when an A-list actress shows interest in the role intended for his girlfriend.

Director: Rob Margolies
Stars: Josh Gad, Kristen Ruhlin, Hilary Duff
Gamers (2006)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Gamers is a comedy about the lives of four slacker friends (and one obsessive interloper) living at home, -"with my parents... it's just temporary... 'til they die"- working in the real ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Folino
Stars: Kevin Sherwood, Kevin Kirkpatrick, Scott Rinker
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After his mother's death, Collin Fenwick goes to live with his father's cousins, the wealthy, avaricious, and controlling Verena Talbo, and her compliant, earthy sister Dolly. When a city ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Matthau
Stars: Piper Laurie, Sissy Spacek, Walter Matthau
Sparks I (2013)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A masked vigilante who discovers the dark side to heroism. Going after the nation's most notorious super criminal leaves Sparks' life and reputation in ruins.

Directors: Todd Burrows, Christopher Folino
Stars: Chase Williamson, Ashley Bell, Clancy Brown
Reminiscence (2014)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

There are worlds, there are humans and there are Others. But there is only one Time which is the border between worlds. What if time breaks down?

Director: Akçay Karaazmak
Stars: Özlem Begtas, Fatih Güler, Sefika Karaaslan
Whore I (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A group of young hopeful teenagers who have come to Hollywood in the hopes of an acting career find that the business is harder than they had ever imagined.

Director: Thomas Dekker
Stars: Thomas Dekker, Rumer Willis, Ron Jeremy
Earthwork (2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

In 1994, real-life crop artist Stan Herd traveled from Kansas to Manhattan's Upper West Side to create a massive environmental artwork on land owned by Donald Trump. The multi-acre artwork ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Ordal
Stars: John Hawkes, Bruce MacVittie, Chris Bachand
Bad Hero (2010)
Short | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Jason known as the boss of the drug dealer's playground catches a man kidnapping TV star Linda Murphy.

Directors: Matt Zemlin, Falk Schultz
Stars: Matt Zemlin, Hubertus Geller, Yanik Zitzmann
Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Liverpool 1962. An Irish teen boy on the run from a shotgun wedding arrives in Liverpool. He joins the music scene and is inspired by the yet to be famous Beatles.

Director: Joe Scott
Stars: Houston Peter, Ana Mulvoy-Ten, Brigid Shine
Tamla Rose (2013)
Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Three teen girls in a Motown band embark on an emotional ride to hell and back.

Director: Joe Scott
Stars: Adi Alfa, Alexandra Johnston, Tisha Merry
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Harriet
...
Sam Adamo
...
Cecil
...
Walt (Man #2)
...
Rickey
...
Man #1 (With Walt)
...
Russell
...
Nurse Kohl (as Lora Cunningham)
...
Malcolm
Liezl Carstens ...
April
...
Audrey (as Alexandra Essoe)
...
Billy Berg
Edit

Storyline

In Reno, the former successful trumpet player Nate Poole has a one night stand with the wife of the powerful and ruthless mobster Happy Shannon and one of his gangsters abducts Nate to kill him in the desert. Out of the blue, Nate is saved by Indians and he walks through the desert until he reaches a side show owned by Sam Adamo. Nate asks if Sam has a telephone to make a phone call to his friend Harriet, but he sees a beautiful woman with wings called Lily Luster and he asks a drink to her. Then he invites Lily to move with him to Reno. However Sam kidnaps Nate to kill him with a snake, but Lily rescues Nate with a truck and they head to Reno. Nate plots a scheme to raise some money, offering Lily to Happy. Along their journey back to Reno, Nate falls in love with her and he decides to call off the agreement with Happy. But the criminal finds Nate's hideout and abducts Lily and keeps the angel with him. Neverthless Nate is decided to rescue Lily from Hàppy's fortress. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Love Is Stronger Than Death

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexuality/nudity, violence and brief drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2011 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Gra namietnosci  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Toby Kebbell was cast as Happy Shannon, but dropped out and Bill Murray replaced him. See more »

Goofs

When Nate gets his drink from Lily in her caravan you can see him putting his glass on the table. A few seconds later it's a total different type of glass. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nate: Hey, Billy?
See more »

Connections

Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.16 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Orphan in This World
By Joe Henry and Solomon Burke
Performed by Solomon Burke
Featuring Christian Scott
Chrysalis Music/Blood Count Music (ASCAP)
Candy Burke Publishing House
Produced by Joe Henry
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Winged Angel....
18 May 2012 | by (Salisbury, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Seedy bar trumpeter, Mickey Rourke, gets gets hit over the head outside the bar, gets dragged to the desert to be shot, presumably for some shady misdemeanour. His captor gets shot instead, by shadowy figures, dressed in white.

Nate Poole (Rourke) trudges on through the desert and into the night, where he stumbles on a travelling circus. Rhys Ifans is a sort of compère and then, Nate's eyes fall on a young woman, in a red outfit and who has wings. This vision of beauty (Megan Fox) has him enthralled and he tries to speak to her afterward.

As Messrs Ifans and Co gets riled, Lily Luster (Fox) decides this show has used her too much and needs to break free and drives them both out. The pair sort of go on the road, Rourke all lived-in and leathery rough and Fox young, enticing and fresh.

Passion Play scores a mightily measly 4.4 on the IMDb, and as a rule, I don't even bother with films on Sky Movies that score less than 5 - and that's 5/10, hardly a great starting point.

Mickey Rourke not so long ago was on Oscar nominated form in The Wrestler and whilst he's (apparently, I've not seen them) been in some awful movies in the past, was this an unfortunate return to that form for him?

Well, for a start, the fantasy elements are crudely done, with hardly any sense of magic to them. It's as if director Mitch Glazer hadn't even tried to convey any sense of wonder, so Lily's character never comes across more than a rather timid kid who's got a secret to hide. Mickey Rourke, doesn't seem to immerse himself in the part fully, generally avoiding looking into the camera at least at first, opening up as the film progresses. As a supposed grizzled junkie musician, he seldom delivers the expected wisdom, bitterness and nostalgia that a fully developed character might. He's still in great shape though, as the generous amounts of him appearing shirtless shows.

An almost unrecognisable Bill Murray, whose appearance I was looking forward to, is completely wasted, talent-wise as a ruthless gangster that wants Lily for himself, to use as a novelty act.

There's nothing so terrible in this movie that makes you want to switch it off, but next thing you know, it's half way through - and what has the film achieved? We don't feel as if we know these two people any better, even though they've been waffling on about themselves quite a lot.

I was wondering whether the director and the film itself was trying to emulate Wim Wender's beautiful and enigmatic 'Wings Of Desire' and failing at almost every level. This is Mitch Glazer's first directorial, he's normally a screenwriter (he scripted this film, too) and this lack of experience shows. He did possibly have some great ideas but to mould them into a living, breathing movie is another thing and with two first- class actors, maybe he has been too star struck to get the best from them.

I would suggest that only devout fans of Mickey Rourke check this out - he will always be a larger than life character in any film he's in and he's not actually bad in this, he gets better as the film develops. As for Bill Murray; he could be anybody, played by anybody.

As for Megan Fox, she just tends to look rather awkward and appropriately rather glum, with her CGI'd shoulder adornments. There are hints that Lily's character might develop into a Natalie Portman one in Black Swan; troubled, deep etc but that may be just down to the music and atmosphere that surrounds her at times.

It all moves onto a scenario where three people are vying for Lily's skills and potential dollars, as Rhys Ifan's tracks her down and says that he 'discovered' her. The ending wasn't totally unexpected and was fitting and neatly rounded off this rather oddly and clumsily put- together romantic fantasy.


2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
This movie doesn't deserve the harsh critisim HoracePinker
One of the worst movies I've seen angiedoll
Reasons why this could be good/bad asznballa10
rory cochrane anitapearson-716-826624
Expectations Maxcat3
Any release news yet? Wailmer1990
Discuss Passion Play (2010) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?