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Black Day Blue Night (1995)

A disgruntled wife of a cheating husband takes off on a road trip with her husband's "other woman". The two women pick up a hitchhiker who may, or may not, be a robber and murderer on the ... See full summary »

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J.S. Cardone

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gil Bellows ... Hitchhiker Dodge
Michelle Forbes ... Rinda Woolley
Mia Sara ... Hallie Schrag
J.T. Walsh ... Lt. John Quinn
Tim Guinee ... Bo Schrag
John Beck ... Chief Morris Reed
Frederick Flynn ... Odell (as F.J. Flynn)
Norman Patrick Brown Norman Patrick Brown ... Begay
Benjamin Lum Benjamin Lum ... Hop Chung
Kellye Nakahara ... Fat Mama
Michael Holmes ... Bus Clerk
Thomas Redhouse Thomas Redhouse ... Navajo Man
Caroline Barclay ... Dutton
Kirk Baily ... Mayors Assistant
Jack Leal Jack Leal ... Trooper #1
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A disgruntled wife of a cheating husband takes off on a road trip with her husband's "other woman". The two women pick up a hitchhiker who may, or may not, be a robber and murderer on the run from the cops. In the mean time, a policeman who is tracking the robber/ murderer is hot on the trail -- but why? Written by David Haskins <lazarus@mindspring.com>

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What started as a black-day fades to a blue-night See more »


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Rated R for violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1996 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Day Blue Night See more »

Filming Locations:

Somerton, Arizona, USA See more »

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Ultra Stereo

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Color
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The film was released in the USA only on VHS, and not on DVD but has been released on DVD in other counties. See more »

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[first lines]
Trooper #1: To hit that cow over there they must have road over it a couple of times. They're both dead. One male, one female. Shit, there must be a million dollars scattered out here. You think it's them?
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But what does it all mean, Basil?
17 March 2004 | by vertigo_14See all my reviews

Black Day Blue Night was actually good modern noir. Three young nomads on the run from their own lives team up on something of a road trip through a desert in the middle of nowhere (as most modern noir does). One woman finds that her husband is cheating on her, and after finding him in a hotel room, decides to head off and start anew. Strangely enough, she travels with her husband's mistress, who is forgiveable given that the sleazebag never told her he was married. And together, while driving in the pouring rain, they meet a third, very mysterious young man with a suitcase full of secrets. While they're giddy and free and all suspicious of one another, the cops back at town have them marked as suspects in the death of a policeman.

Black Day Blue Night starts out with immediate confrontation, and throws in a pretty good story with all it's twists meant to mislead your suspicions of one character after another, leading to a very unusual ending. That is, the movie starts with immediate action confrontation, and once you think the story is solved, you are immediately thrust into yet another turn in the plot, revealing just a little more than you expected before the movie is over.

But, as some viewers have written, the ending is slightly confusing and a bit of a let down. The killer is not who you would immediately expect and, once revealed, becomes somewhat confusing due to a rather thinly explained flashback which reveals all of the necessary motive to solve the mystery. But actually, there is a finale beyond that, which I would think is the most interesting of the film. Because modern noir always involves a circle of criminal suspects, almost always all of them guilty of something, it is also a genre that always involves money. And thus the question in these movies always becomes --how far are the characters willing to go for money?

If you like this rendition of modern film noir, I would suggest watching Red Rock West (it's also got J.T. Walsh and some going-ons in the blasted desert)!


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