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The Maker (1997)

Josh is a high school guy who lives with adoptive parents and is involved in little crimes with his friends (including young lesbian Bella). Suddenly his elder brother Walter comes out of ... See full summary »

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Tim Hunter

Writer:

Rand Ravich
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Modine ... Walter Schmeiss
Mary-Louise Parker ... Officer Emily Peck
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Josh Minnell
Fairuza Balk ... Bella Sotto
Michael Madsen ... Skarney
Jesse Borrego ... Felice A. Beato
Kate McGregor-Stewart ... Mother Minnell
Lawrence Pressman ... Father Minnell
Jeff Kober ... Rubicon Beziqui
Matthew David James Matthew David James ... Ike
Marc Worden ... Simon
Joel McKinnon Miller ... Customs Officer
Robert Gossett ... Partner
Kimberly Wallis ... Saleswoman
Kate Murtagh ... Large Matron
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Storyline

Josh is a high school guy who lives with adoptive parents and is involved in little crimes with his friends (including young lesbian Bella). Suddenly his elder brother Walter comes out of the blue (he left home 10 years ago when he was 18 and was never heard during these years). After that Walter starts to involve Josh in various new criminal activities, including robbery. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, drug use, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Macher See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Walter: You know, Josh, one of these days freon's gonna be against the law.
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References Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

BALLAD OF BIG NOTHING
Performed by Elliott Smith
Written by Elliott Smith
Courtesy of Kill Rock Stars
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Starts well, ends badly
13 January 2001 | by mcmanSee all my reviews

If ever I need to renew my enthusiasm about current filmmaking, a film featuring the talents of Mary Louise Parker is a pretty good place to start. Her part in this film is as a supporting character, and the few scenes in which she appears and fleshes out the kindly but down to earth police officer underline how this film's best parts unfortunately don't add up to a good movie.

The leads are good (Rhys-Meyers is a talent to watch, Balk has always interested me and if Modine just sat and dribbled, I know he could make it look rivetting), the script contains some nice character exchanges, the camera work has some nice touches, and director Tim Hunter puts effort into giving the film some unexpected lift (such as sitting a crim at a desk on open ground beside an airport runway, and getting the art department to set up a backyard breakfast patio of white picket fence and red flowers under the threatening gaze of power lines.)

But although it started well, in the end, this is too many good individual stories fighting with each other instead of making a coherent whole. Any one of the various plot lines could've held their own. At film's end, the script has to literally shoot its way out of the entwined mess its in to reach a conclusion. Maybe this goes down well on cable. I think a viewer, whether sitting in a cinema, or in his own home, is entitled to better.


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