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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.


Robert Altman


Sam Shepard (play), Sam Shepard (screenplay)
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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


May is hiding out at an old motel in the Southwest. Eddie, her half-brother, also an old flame shows up. He threatens her metaphorically and, at times, literally drags 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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The Old Man character, played by Harry Dean Stanton in this film, has no personal name, and functions as a one-man Greek Chorus. See more »


Eddie: I hope this man comes over here. I really hope he does. I want to see him walk through that door.
May: What are you gonna do?
Eddie: I'm gonna nail his ass to the floor - directly.
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Referenced in Altman on 'O.C. and Stiggs' (2005) See more »


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Written and Performed by Sandy Rogers
Produced by Jim Gaines
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The Cannon Group steps outside their usual action genre
11 September 2018 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

Robert Altman directed this adaptation of a play by Sam Shepard, who wrote the screenplay and stars as a drifter who drives his pickup truck, complete with horse and trailer, to a small hotel in New Mexico. It seems he has a tempestuous romantic history with the hotel's proprietor (Kim Basinger), and the audience fills in the blanks as the film progresses, taking a distinctly sharp turn in the last third. Also with Randy Quaid and Harry Dean Stanton. The first half of the film nearly lost me for good, with not a lot happening and the performances pitched to the back row. But things get better during the home stretch, even if bits do strain credulity. From the Cannon Group, stepping outside of their usual budget action flicks.

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Release Date:

14 May 1986 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Fool for Love See more »

Filming Locations:

El Dorado, New Mexico, USA See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$55,637, 8 December 1985

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2.35 : 1
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