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The Golden Boat (1990)

An absurdist odyssey through downtown Manhattan with a sweet old serial killer, a student-cum-critic-cum-musician and assorted international bohemians.

Director:

Raoul Ruiz (as Raul Ruiz)

Writers:

Raoul Ruiz (as Raul Ruiz), Federico Muchnik (original screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Michael Kirby ... Austin
Federico Muchnik Federico Muchnik ... Israel Williams
Brett Alexander Brett Alexander ... Doc
Mary Hestand Mary Hestand ... Alina
Michael Stumm Michael Stumm ... Tony Luna
Kate Valk Kate Valk ... Amelia Lopes
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vito Acconci Vito Acconci ... Swiss assassin
Kathy Acker Kathy Acker ... Professor
Stephan Balint Stephan Balint
Hisham Bizri Hisham Bizri ... Painter
Peter Bowen Peter Bowen ... Blood-soaked man
Jim Jarmusch ... Stranger
Tom Jarmusch Tom Jarmusch
Anna Köhler Anna Köhler ... Barkeeper
Barbet Schroeder ... Mean Passer-by
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Storyline

Inspired in form by American police TV shows and soap operas, The Golden Boat is a madcap, surreal dash through the streets of New York city, telling the mysterious and often hilarious story of an aged street-person named Austin, a comically compulsive assassin, as he joins up with a young rock critic and philosophy student named Israel Williams. In the course of their adventures, Austin pursues his object of desire - a Mexican soap opera star - and along the way engages a host of TV characters and bit players, whose repartee range from gangsterish insults to the question of God's existence. Written by Strand Releasing <strand@strandreleasing.com>

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Country:

USA | Belgium

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 1996 (Sweden) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Production Co:

Duende Pictures,Nomad Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono
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Trivia

Barbet Schroeder was originally supposed to play the Swiss assassin. The schedule changed and Raoul Ruiz flipped it to Vito Acconci but kept the "I'm Swiss" dialogue the same. See more »

Quotes

Thug in car: I love taking clothes off stiffs. I have a real nice collection. But none like you are wearing. So don't push me...
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Connections

References La barca de oro (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

La barca de oro
Sung by Pedro Infante
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Decent first American film by Raoul Ruiz
10 June 2009 | by timmy_501See all my reviews

Raoul Ruiz's first American movie is something of a parody of American TV with a few pinches of Mexican soap operas. Violence is treated as a normal means of interaction and it rarely has any real consequences. The film is structured as a series of episodes about Israel, a self absorbed young man who meets a Austin, a crazy old man who has just stabbed himself. Austin follows Israel before stopping to rest on a set of stairs. Israel, cool New York artist/critic/graduate student that he is, assumes Austin is dead and pockets his wallet. Throughout the rest of the film Austin periodically appears and people usually end up getting stabbed.

The film is shot with Ruiz's usual sense of experimentation but there really isn't anything new here, Ruiz seems content to tread the same old ground technically. The film is very comical at times and is always entertaining enough to be worth a watch but it's far from Ruiz's best work.


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