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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Cliff
Stephen J. Lang ... Mikey
... Sam
... Pilar
Oni Faida Lampley ... Celie
Eleese Lester ... Molly
... Deputy Travis
Gonzalo Castillo ... Amado
... Enrique
... Hollis
Tony Frank ... Fenton
... Mercedes Cruz
... Charlie Wade
... Young Hollis
... Buddy Deeds
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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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21 June 1996 (USA)  »

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Estrella solitaria  »

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$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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2.35 : 1
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Was #5 on Gene Siskel's list of the Best Films of 1996. See more »

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When Mikey and Cliff are in Mikey's sculpture studio, around 55 minutes in, Cliff holds up a fired .45 bullet that had clearly pancaked against a smooth, flat surface and he asks, "What's a pistol slug doing on a rifle range?" Pistols are fired all the time on outdoor rifle ranges, even if not in official events. Also, at the beginning of that scene around 54 minutes in, the camera pans over a collection of mostly spent cartridge cases, including many pistol cases for .44 Magnum or .45 Long Colt, .45 ACP (including one live round with a modern jacketed hollow point bullet), and more. See more »

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[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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Written by Mason Daring
Performed by Duke Levine
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Great movie -- one of the few I watch over and over.
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I live in San Antonio and have been to Eagle Pass (where the movie was filmed) many times. I have watched this movie over a dozen times. It is a wonderful piece of film-making! John Sayles captures a lot in this film. His characters have depth and substance. His portrayals of the role racism has played in Hispanic and African-American lives are brilliant but not heavy-handed. The acting is incredible. The casting was perfect. Frances McDormand as Sam's ex-wife is unforgettable. I agree with another commenter that the camera work was exceptional when Sayles filmed flashback scenes using a single take. I especially liked the scene along the river with Sam and Pilar. I am sure there are some people who don't share my opinion, but this movie is one of my top ten favorites of all time.


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