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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
Kim Basinger ... May
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 ... Teenage May
Jonathan Skinner Jonathan Skinner ... Teenage Eddie
April Russell April Russell ... Young May
Deborah McNaughton Deborah McNaughton ... The Countess
Lon Hill Lon Hill ... Mr. Valdes
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Storyline

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.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$836,156
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cannon Group See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The motel building set looked so real that passers-by dropped in to book a room. Told that it was not a real motel, they then asked if they could get a meal at the adjacent restaurant, whom they were then also told was also a movie set. See more »

Quotes

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

Honky Tonk Heroes
Written by Billy Joe Shaver
Performed by Waylon Jennings
Courtesy of RCA Records
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May vs. Eddie
25 March 1999 | by Katy-13See all my reviews

Adapted from Sam Shepard's play, this movie retains many play-like elements such as a relatively fixed setting (a roadside 50's motel in the Southwest) and extensive, intriguing dialogues. A woman "May" is hounded by a man "Eddie" (played by Sam Shepard). She tries to hide from him in the out-of-the-way motel, but he finds her. The film explores the history of their relationship, mainly from their childhoods, that has led them to this point. It's very easy to feel sympathy for the characters and to understand that their dysfunctional present relationship is a result of past events out of their control. We mainly watch them fight, make up, fight, make up and so on. One image that stands out in my mind, is of Eddie hauling May over his shoulder kicking and screaming, taking her somewhere she doesn't want to go.

The soundtrack is also perfect soulful country with vocals by a lesser known artist "Sandy Rogers". She has this country doll voice that almost yodels at some points in the album! This is the kind of movie that will stay lodged in some part of your brain/soul. In other words, go see it!


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