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The White River Kid (1999)

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Brother Edgar is a generous entrepreneur of low quality socks who hides behind a self-bestowed cassock to avoid the low level corruption of local sheriffs. He has adopted Morales Pittman, ... See full summary »

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Arne Glimcher

Writers:

John Fergus Ryan (book), David Leland (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Hoskins ... Brother Edgar
Antonio Banderas ... Morales Pittman
Ellen Barkin ... Eva Nell La Fangroy
Wes Bentley ... White River Kid
Kim Dickens ... Apple Lisa
Randy Travis ... Sheriff Becker
Swoosie Kurtz ... Mummy Weed
Beau Bridges ... Daddy Weed
Michael Massee ... Ralph Pines
Chad Lindberg ... Reggie Weed
Holmes Osborne ... Fergus Kenrod
Phyllis McGuire Phyllis McGuire ... Las Vegas Doll
David Leland David Leland ... Socrates Storekeeper
Allison Pace Allison Pace ... Librarian
Roger Clinton ... Boot Scooters Proprietor
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Brother Edgar is a generous entrepreneur of low quality socks who hides behind a self-bestowed cassock to avoid the low level corruption of local sheriffs. He has adopted Morales Pittman, who has bigger, more illegitimate dreams than Edgar. The two travel about Arkansas, selling their socks and bumping into a variety of simple souls, including the eponymous mythic killer, who has engaged himself to Apple Lisa Weed and disavowed his life as a murderer. Morales Pittman joins forces with Miss Apple Lisa's dim-witted brother, Reggie, to extort money from the local bumpkins, to the annoyance of the reigning provider of "protection," Mr. Pines. Things come to a head as Edgar finds himself falling for the blind Eva Nell, who manages the best teahouse in Arkansas and Morales becomes more jealous of the place the Kid has taken in Edgar's heart. Written by Anonymous

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Sometimes it's hard to tell the saints from the sinners.

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1999 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

White River See more »

Filming Locations:

Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Filmed almost entirely in Arkansas. Sites include Glenwood, Caddo Gap, Mt Ida, Petite Jean, Norman, Hot Springs and stretches of the Caddo River, among others. See more »

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References Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »

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How Come I Ain't Dead
by Tim O'Brien
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25 December 2006 | by ZebrawomanSee all my reviews

This movie was so much fun. I looked it up right away, once I recovered from feeling sad about a certain sad thing I won't give away-- and I'm so startled by the hostility in the comments. In fact this movie does contain a gang of hogs, some poor people who are happy and kind, and a prostitute, and these elements seem to trigger fear in many viewers that they are being conned by a derivative movie or if they are rural people, that someone is putting them down. Some movies aren't that kind of movie and anyway, they should try being black or Chinese if they want to experience rampant powerlessness of that kind. They don't know the half of it. Anyway, why are none of the "reviewers?" bothered by the presentation of this boy(the Kid) who's been abandoned and lived alone by the river all his life, I wonder? They don't say "Unfair to say that about rural life!" Or, "we don't treat kids that way in Arkansas!" Anyway, this movie is engrossing-- though nothing of the kind may have happened to you or me so what? I will never forget the huge hole where the factory was, and the way Bob Hoskins' keeps presenting himself as a ruthless conman but can't help himself if it would mean harming anyone else the tiniest bit. Isn't it always a bargain to see these good actors? Isn't it funny to hear about the Mile-High Pie? How can anyone say Swoosie Kurtz didn't look good in that Elvis pompadour wig which was taller than she was herself? I thought she was glamorous and I believe Beau Bridges did too, which was what made this movie great.


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