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Stars and Bars (1988)

R | | Comedy | 18 March 1988 (USA)
A British art expert travels across America in order to purchase a rare Renoir painting in the South but comes across some crazy characters in the process.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Henderson Dores (as Daniel Day Lewis)
... Loomis Gage
... Ben Sereno
... Freeborn Gage
... Beckman Gage
... Irene Stein
... Eugene Teagarden
... Reverend T.J. Cardew
... Cora Gage
... Melissa
Bill Moor ... Edgar Beeby
... Shanda Gage
... Duane Gage
... Bryant
Rockets Redglare ... Peter Gint
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Young Englishman Henderson Dores (Daniel Day-Lewis), yearning to give up his genteel British ways and be a bold and brash American, gets his chance when his New York firm sends him south to acquire a Renoir painting from Loomis Gage (Harry Dean Stanton), the eccentric head of an unusual family.

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$7,500,000 (estimated)

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$111,987
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An Englishman in New York
Written and Performed by Sting
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An astoundingly bad movie
17 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

Like a lot people unfortunate enough to see this film, I chose to watch it because Daniel Day Lewis was in it. I mean, I've seen this guy play Hamlet on stage; I know what he's capable of so what on earth possessed him to make such a breathtakingly terrible film? Come to think of it, what possessed Harry Dean Stanton, Joan Cusack and Laurie Metcalf? They're all good actors and I just can't understand why they had anything to do with such unadulterated tripe.

Thankfully I'd actually taped the film to watch later so I was able to stop and start and eventually just scan through it to see what the final outcome was. Needless to say, the conclusion to this truly lame movie was as bad as the rest of it.

If you're curious about "Stars and Bars" and are thinking that maybe you'll take a peek if you come across it just to see how bad it really is; do yourself a favour and don't bother. It's not even worth seeing for that reason.

As for Day Lewis, Dean Stanton, Cusack and Metcalf: hang your heads in shame people; you're all smart enough to know better.


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