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Lone Star (1996)

R | | Drama, Mystery | 21 June 1996 (USA)
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When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town.

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John Sayles

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John Sayles
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 15 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Mendillo ... Cliff
Stephen J. Lang Stephen J. Lang ... Mikey
Chris Cooper ... Sam
Elizabeth Peña ... Pilar
Oni Faida Lampley Oni Faida Lampley ... Celie
Eleese Lester Eleese Lester ... Molly
Joe Stevens ... Deputy Travis
Gonzalo Castillo Gonzalo Castillo ... Amado
Richard Coca ... Enrique
Clifton James ... Hollis
Tony Frank Tony Frank ... Fenton
Miriam Colon ... Mercedes Cruz
Kris Kristofferson ... Charlie Wade
Jeff Monahan ... Young Hollis
Matthew McConaughey ... Buddy Deeds
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Storyline

John Sayles' murder-mystery explores interpersonal and interracial tensions in Rio County, Texas. Sam Deeds is the local sheriff who is called to investigate a 40-year-old skeleton found in the desert....As Sam delves deeper into the town's dark secrets, he begins to learn more about his father, the legendary former sheriff Buddy Deeds, who replaced the corrupt Charlie Wade. While Sam puzzles out the long-past events surrounding the mystery corpse, he also longs to rekindle a romance with his old high-school flame. Sayles' complex characters are brought together as the tightly woven plot finally draws to its dramatic close. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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John Sayles invites you to return to the scene of the crime.

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Drama | Mystery

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 June 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Estrella solitaria See more »

Filming Locations:

Coupland, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,845,000, 19 July 1996

Gross USA:

$13,269,963, 12 January 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Was #5 on Gene Siskel's list of the Best Films of 1996. See more »

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When Col. Payne enters Big O's bar, the birds (Eagles denoting full colonel rank) on his shoulders are upside down. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Cliff: [cataloging the flora] We got cenizo, that's purple sage, agave, nopal... What's that stuff? Yeah that's it, that's whatchamacallit. That's horse crippler.
Mikey: This place is a gold mine.
Cliff: Lead mine.
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Mi Unico Camino
Written by Rubén Méndez (as Ruben Mendez)
Performed by Conjunto Bernal
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A good watch for those who missed it in 1996.
7 April 2002 | by =G=See all my reviews

In "Lone Star", a skull is found in an isolated part of a Texas border county which begins an investigation by the local Sheriff who must unlock a closet full of skeletons to solve the mystery. Critically acclaimed and a high scoring flick on this website, "Lone Star" is a film to be reckoned with. It features solid performances without the usual blockbuster star power, an engaging story, a real feel, and masterful editing which allows for a seamless presentation of the numerous flashbacks required to tell the story. You'll find little emoting or little reason to emote in this matter-of-fact contemporary film which ends with a kicker. Worth a look for just about anyone mature enough for the subject matter.


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