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Twilight Highway (1995)

Five disengaged, misplaced people whose paths collide in a New Jersey roadside motel.


Laurie Taylor-Williams (original screenplay)


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Cast overview:
Sandy Baron ... Lenny
D.V. DeVincentis ... Jimmy
Gillian Hemstead Gillian Hemstead ... Maryanne
Christian Maelen ... Eugene
Laurie Taylor-Williams ... Shelby
Damon Saleem Damon Saleem


Mystery and fate collide in the darkly comic Twilight Highway, the story of five disengaged, misplaced people whose paths collide by fate or coincidence in a New Jersey roadside motel. A motel that is set in the industrial wasteland that is New Jersey's Meadowlands. Lenny Sterling (Sandy Baron) is the Prospero-like ruler of this sad eerie kingdom: He is the motel's manager, concierge, chamber maid and he is the featured attraction of the motel's bar/lounge. A performer in the style of Dean Martin, he performs nightly but there's never an audience. Lenny's life is transformed when four young misfits are stranded at his motel. Jimmy (D.V. DeVincentis) and Eugene (Damon Saleem) are on a road trip from Ohio, headed to Times Square when their car breaks down. Shelby (Laurie Taylor-Williams) is on the run from a violent boyfriend and along for the ride is her best friend Maryanne (Gillian Hemstead) Haunted by his Atlantic City past, Lenny jumps at the opportunity for an audience and a ... Written by Claire Hann

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There's nothing more useless than a car that won't start
5 November 2007 | by richard_sleboeSee all my reviews

Yes there is: a plot that won't work. You would think there is no going wrong with a title like this, "Twilight Highway". One of the girls stranded at the run-down Bayview Motel even gets to sing a song by the same title. I'm thinking David Lynch, I'm thinking David Cronenberg, I'm thinking Townes van Zandt. Two young girls with time to kill. Two guys with high hopes and a broken car. An ancient, shady motel owner who lives in the past (fine performance by Sandy Baron, apparently the only member of the cast who ever appeared in anything but this film). The ingredients are all there, but the story fails to engage. "Twilight Highway" tries very hard to be funny, melancholic and mysterious, but it ends up being ridiculous, boring and confusing, culminating in an anti-climax shootout if there ever was one. What a waste. A title like that, someone else might have turned it into solid gold.

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