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Fool for Love (1985)

R | | Drama | 14 May 1986 (France)
May is waiting for her boyfriend in a run-down American motel, when an old flame turns up and threatens to undermine her efforts and drag her back into the life that she was running away from. The situation soon turns complicated.

Director:

Robert Altman

Writers:

Sam Shepard (play), Sam Shepard (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sam Shepard ... Eddie / May's half-brother
Kim Basinger ... May / Eddie's half-sister
Harry Dean Stanton ... Old Man
Randy Quaid ... Martin
Martha Crawford Martha Crawford ... May's Mother
Louise Egolf Louise Egolf ... Eddie's Mother
Sura Cox Sura Cox ... May / Teenage
Jonathan Skinner Jonathan Skinner ... Eddie / Teenage
April Russell April Russell ... May / Young
Deborah McNaughton Deborah McNaughton ... The Countess
Lon Hill Lon Hill ... Mr. Valdes
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Storyline

May is hiding out at an old motel in the Southwest. Eddie, his half-brother, also an old flame shows up. He threatens her metaphorically and, at times, literally drag her back into the life she had fled from. The film focuses on the couple's fluctuating past and present relationships, and the dark secrets hidden within, including one from an old man who lives near the motel (Harry Dean Stanton).

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1986 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Extraña pasión See more »

Filming Locations:

El Dorado, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,637, 8 December 1985

Gross USA:

$836,156

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$836,156
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cannon Group See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The distance that Eddie (Sam Shepard) had traveled to see May (Kim Basinger) was 2482 miles. See more »

Quotes

May: Do you want me to finish the story, Eddie?
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Connections

Referenced in The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

You Lied Your Way
Written and Performed by Sandy Rogers
Produced by Jim Gaines
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A Nice Adaptation
10 July 2014 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

May (Kim Basinger) is waiting for her boyfriend (Sam Shepard) in a run-down American motel, when an old flame turns up and threatens to undermine her efforts and drag her back into the life that she was running away from. The situation soon turns complicated.

When a film is an expansion on a play, such as this is, you have to be true to the source while also going beyond. Altman succeeds, casting Harry Dean Stanton as a one-man Greek chorus and bringing a fuller vision to the story than could be shown within one room.

Roger Ebert said that Altman "has succeeded on two levels that seem opposed to each other. He has made a melodrama, almost a soap opera, in which the characters achieve a kind of nobility." These are kin words and not without merit.


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