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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 & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

This film is known for its excellent use of live seques, in which scenes change within a single camera shot; in this case, shifting in back and forth through time in the same location. See more »

Goofs

When Otis draws a beer he pours it straight-in, creating a large head. The correct way is to hold the glass at an angle, which creates a smaller head. A bar owner (particularly one who has been at it for over thirty years) would know this. 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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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: The Best Films of 1996 (1997) See more »

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You Hurt Me
Written by John Darlynn & John Mertis
Performed by Little Willie John
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The sins of the fathers come back to haunt
31 January 1999 | by Bill-308See all my reviews

John Sayles' direction of this film reminded me of Hitchcock in that I was always aware of the director's style and I enjoyed it every bit as much as the acting and the story. Like "Godfather," this is a tale of families and how the sins of the fathers cast their shadows over the generations. To illustrate the connection, Sayles will slowly track his camera from a conversation in one part of a room to another part of the same room where characters who lived 25 years earlier are conversing. The years have passed, we realize, but all the characters, even the dead ones, are in this together. The technique may sound strange, but it works magically. And another thing: I've always thought Kris Kristofferson was a better singer than actor, and a better songwriter than singer. But in this film he turns in an outstanding performance as a very very bad Texas border town sheriff who disappeared years ago and whose bones have just turned up in the desert. At least we think those are his bones, and to solve the puzzle, the current sheriff, son of the man who became sheriff when Kris disappeared, must dig further than he wants into the town's secrets. And once again, knowing how the film ends makes subsequent viewings just as fascinating as the first.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 June 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lone Star See more »

Filming Locations:

Coupland, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$232,184, 23 June 1996

Gross USA:

$12,408,986

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,408,986
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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