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We see two stories told over four time lines, which wind down to a devastating ground zero collision, as we watch a double tragedy unfold in a small Oklahoma town. The two stories are told ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Kay Place ... Claire Spencer
Nick Stahl ... Tom Spencer
Chris Freihofer ... Les Hector
Woody Watson ... Glen Briggs
Martha Plimpton ... Ainsley DuPree
Margo Martindale ... Dorothy
Kevin Anderson ... Jack Stillings
Wally Welch ... R.J. Prichard
Larry Flynn Larry Flynn ... Jim Nutter
Richard Jenkins ... Willard Sprague
Maggie Moore Maggie Moore ... Janice
Vernon Grote Vernon Grote ... Fast Food Customer
Gary Ragland ... Lee
Hal Holbrook ... Sheriff Rogers
Carolyn Wickwire ... Mrs. Rogers
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We see two stories told over four time lines, which wind down to a devastating ground zero collision, as we watch a double tragedy unfold in a small Oklahoma town. The two stories are told out of normal time sequence, showing us brief glimpses of the beginning, middle and end of the two stories in seemingly random order. One story concerns Ainsley DuPree, who meets and marries her prison pen pal Jack. The other story begins with the discovery of a mute and bloody teenager, found wandering and in shock in the middle of the night, and the efforts of the town sheriff to determine what happened to him. As the film unfolds these tales, the viewer is confronted with questions of the existence and mercy of God and the hopelessness of being alone and adrift in an indifferent world. Written by Sean Parlaman <seanpar@efn.org>

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Sometimes a leap of faith can be deadly.

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for violence, language and depiction of abortion | See all certifications »
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USA

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English | German

Release Date:

17 October 1997 (USA) See more »

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Beyond Obsessions See more »

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Oklahoma, USA See more »

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Minnow Pictures See more »
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Ainsley DuPree: How old are you?
Tom Spencer: Just turned 14.
Ainsley DuPree: Don't you never get pulled over?
Tom Spencer: Sometimes. I drive friendly.
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Better Than Expected ... Disturbing
26 January 2004 | by rava-1See all my reviews

I rented this one just as a Nick Stahl fan but was really amazed by how good it was. The disturbing tone and plot line stuck with me for days after viewing it. Stahl was wonderful as a traumatized boy who is just barely surviving his pain. Stahl's work in this film just hints at the depths of talent we may yet see from him. I don't think that Martha Plimpton has EVER been better in her role as a young woman searching for love and redemption. Hal Holbrook, his face a mixture of world-weariness, sadness and kindness, is the real center of the film and he does an amazing job.

One of the most moving things about this film was the idea that deep tragedy can strike at the most seemingly mundane of moments. Coupled with this is the concept that one can never really know what is in another's heart or mind. Because of the narrative form, one knows tragedy will strike, but the director purposefully seems to suggest that tragedy could enter into any setting, at any moment, with no warning. The bookend examination of the story of Abraham and Isaac is ultimately successful because Isaac (like the characters and viewer) was asked to have faith without any proof that seemingly negative events may have a positive reason. The director doesn't offer any pat answers to this dilemma, but he does show that tragedy can overwhelm a person.


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