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Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day (1996)

Not Rated | | Drama | 2 May 1997 (USA)
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The Yosemite Valley Railroad, which runs through the breathtaking scenery and stunning vistas of the Merced River Canyon to its terminus at El Portal outside Yosemite National Park, is on ... See full summary »

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Christopher Munch
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Cast

Credited cast:
Peter Alexander ... John
Jeri Arredondo Jeri Arredondo ... Nancy
Henry Gibson ... Robinson
Michael Stipe ... Skeeter
Jonah Bauer Jonah Bauer
Alexandra Bokyun Chun ... Angela (as Bok Yun Chon)
David Chung ... Mr. Lee
John Diehl ... Pinchot
Diana Larkin Diana Larkin ... Wendy
Corine Lorain Corine Lorain ... Mrs. Lee (as Corinne Lorain)
Joan Newmark Joan Newmark ... Mrs. Hopper
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alan Boyce ... John's Lawyer
Tom Challis Tom Challis ... Drunken Sailor
Susanne Columbia Susanne Columbia ... Prostitute
Michael K. Hall Michael K. Hall ... Mr. Donner
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The Yosemite Valley Railroad, which runs through the breathtaking scenery and stunning vistas of the Merced River Canyon to its terminus at El Portal outside Yosemite National Park, is on the brink of failure. The grandson of a Chinese railroad laborer embarks on a romantic, but ultimately doomed, quest to save this railroad from being sold for scrap. His love of trains finds him working as a railroad-man, instead of at his father's profitable business. He manages to locate a wealthy eccentric investor to help him acquire the railroad, but its financial inviability makes this a quixotic reprieve, at best. The film also portrays the anti-Asian racism present in America at the conclusion of World War II. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Drama

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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2 May 1997 (USA) See more »

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$18,399
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Matrix Surround

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1.85 : 1
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Closely Watched Something
27 January 2003 | by drosse67See all my reviews

This movie bears a major resemblance to the Czech classic Closely Watched Trains, in not only setting (railroads) but also the "losing of one's innocence." Only this movie is not nearly as witty and very much in love with itself. The only aspect that was interesting was the cinematography--you would not think that black and white would do Yosemite Valley justice, but it still looks beautiful. And Michael Stipe's minor character in this movie is just like you'd expect him to be....quirky and somewhat distracted. I saw this film several years ago and the photography and the convoluted plot were the only things I really remember. It's not surprising that this film is not available anywhere.


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