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River of Grass (1994)

Not Rated | | Drama | 13 October 1995 (USA)
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Cozy, a dissatisfied housewife, meets Lee at a bar. A drink turns into a home break-in, and a gun shot sends them on the run together, thinking they've committed murder.

Director:

Kelly Reichardt

Writers:

Jesse Hartman (story), Kelly Reichardt (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lisa Donaldson ... Cozy (as Lisa Bowman)
Larry Fessenden ... Lee Ray Harold
Dick Russell Dick Russell ... Jimmy Ryder
Stan Kaplan Stan Kaplan ... J.C.
Michael Buscemi ... Doug
Lisa Robb Lisa Robb ... Young Cozy
Tom Laverack Tom Laverack ... Cozy's Lover in Tub
Bert Yaeger Bert Yaeger ... Dead Husband
Mary Glenn Mary Glenn ... Woman with Hatchet
Carol Flakes Carol Flakes ... Lee's Grandmother
Frances Reichardt Frances Reichardt ... Lee's Mom
George Moore George Moore ... Detective Kirby
Mannie Mack Mannie Mack ... Mr. Humphery
Greg Schroeder ... Bobby
Kyle Hawkins Kyle Hawkins ... Cozy's Kid
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Storyline

Near the Everglades, the "river of grass," lives Cozy (named for her father's favorite drummer), lonely, in a loveless marriage, ignoring her kids. She fantasizes being a dancer, an acrobat, and a gymnast. One night at a bar she meets Lee. He's jobless, homeless, and unbeknownst to Cozy, is in possession of her father's handgun. Dad's a cop and lost the gun chasing a robber. Cozy and Lee climb a fence to swim in a pool. Playing around with the gun, they think they kill the pool's owner, so they go on the lam. An odd partnership develops even though they're short on ideas. But how can they escape their barren lot if they don't even have a quarter for the road toll? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Directorial debut of Kelly Reichardt. See more »

Connections

References Malcolm X (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Trav'lin' Light
Written by Jimmy Mundy, James Young (as Trummy Young) and Johnny Mercer
Published by Warner Brothers Music Corp. (ASCAP)
Arranged by John Hill
Vocals by Gail Wynters
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You can do a lot better

"River of Grass" was a non-event film with a nice visual style that reminded me of something between "Stranger Than Paradise" and "Wild at Heart". Yes, there's a big window in there, but that's what makes this film interesting. I don't think it was particularly good and it was often boring, but it really showed potential. I felt it had a few things to say philosophically and its dark comedic version of an often overdone genre was fine, but there was something lacking. Since I know a little bit of the history of this one, I would like to give it some credit, because I think what was missing was funding to ensure it to be a tight AND well-crafted film. Instead it's super short, but paced like it's twice as long.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1995 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,942, 13 March 2016

Gross USA:

$11,553

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,553
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Production Co:

Good Machine See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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