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Speed of Life (1999)

Saturn (original title)
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A son is stuck with caring for his Alzheimer victim father, a former professor who can now barely communicate. Depressed and struggling to make ends meet, an old buddy tries to get him to ... See full summary »

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Rob Schmidt (as Robert Schmidt)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Caan ... Drew
Leo Burmester ... Dad
Mia Kirshner ... Sarah
Anthony Ruivivar ... Arturo / Satan
Geoffrey Cantor ... Carter
Sally Stewart ... Eileen
Cesar Leonardo Cesar Leonardo ... Dealer #1 (as Cesar L. Aramburu)
Mtume Gant Mtume Gant ... Dealer #2
Peggy Gormley ... Louise
Matt Servitto ... Dr. Wrye
Byron West ... Mr. Corber
Kate Rigg ... Mean Nurse
Solomon Cobitt Solomon Cobitt ... Soda Man
Brenda Denmark Brenda Denmark ... Overworked Nurse (as Brenda Thomas Denmark)
Chad L. Coleman ... Orderly (as Chad Coleman)
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A son is stuck with caring for his Alzheimer victim father, a former professor who can now barely communicate. Depressed and struggling to make ends meet, an old buddy tries to get him to become a pusher. He gets further drawn in by a wild girl for whom he does procure drugs and gets involved in a wild sexual relationship. All of these factors weigh on the man until the inevitable conclusion is reached. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated R for strong sexuality, drug use, language, nudity and brief violence
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USA

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English

Release Date:

17 April 1999 (USA) See more »

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$350,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Not much plot but it sort of works anyway
6 May 2012 | by shaggy61See all my reviews

Like a lot of indie films, it doesn't seem to know what it's about, but it has a nice understated tension that keeps it from being dull. The main thread is about a young man caring for his disabled father. Everything else is a jumble of tangents--his fling with a female artist looking for kicks, his dead-ender street buddy, his run-ins with the cop on the block, his attempts at school and a career, his brief job as a drug dealer. None of these quite make sense, since the son clearly can't afford to leave his father alone for even an instant, given dad's tendency to nearly fall down elevator shafts and wander outside in his wheelchair. Scott Caan channels much of his real father's (James) charm, and I wonder if this was originally intended as a vehicle for them both. Leo Burmester gibbers and drools effectively, though you wish he had more lucid flashbacks. The film meanders without a plan, much like its protagonist, but the threads pull together enough for a "holy s--t" ending. End result is that it deserves to be better known, at least for the performances by Caan and the late great Burmester.


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