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Briar Patch (2003)

A woman becomes immersed in a brutal love triangle when an unwelcomed admirer kills her abusive husband even though she's already having an affair.

Director:

Zev Berman

Writer:

Deborah Pryor
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dominique Swain ... Inez Macbeth
Henry Thomas ... Edgar Macbeth
Arie Verveen ... Flowers
James Urbaniak ... Druden Hunt
Karen Allen ... Butcher Lee
Debra Monk ... Officer Avon
Blake Lindsley ... Raeburn
Suzanne Castle Suzanne Castle ... Saleslady
Starla Lee Starla Lee ... Jewelry Store Clerk
Judy Simpson Judy Simpson ... Mrs. Hunt (as Jusy Simpson Cook)
Len Hathaway Len Hathaway ... Mr. Hunt
Stuart Hough Stuart Hough ... Drunk Man
Joan Thomas Joan Thomas ... Drunk Woman
Sam Froelich Sam Froelich ... Peanut Factory Foreman
Donald Lee Hall Jr. Donald Lee Hall Jr. ... Policeman
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Briar Patch is a modern, Southern Gothic tale of true love and murder. It centers on Inez Macbeth, a wisp of a girl just a shade over twenty, who may lack a formal education, but has already been taught plenty by life. She's at a dead end, married to Edgar, a petty thief who had his shot and missed long ago, but is too dense to realize it. She spends her days catering to Edgar's whims and fighting off lame advances from his taciturn partner in crime, Flowers. One day, Butcher Lee, Inez's trusted friend and an amateur mystic of sorts, reveals a vision that Inez's One True Love is close by. Determined not to let this opportunity slip by, she vows to act on that information right away. Unknown to anyone, Inez has begun a secret tryst with Druden, a sweet-spirited, oddly-romantic, and wealthy young lawyer in town. With utter certainty that Druden is The One from Butcher's vision, Inez plans their escape to Richmond. Edgar gets wind Inez is up to something and blows his cool, beating her ... Written by Anonymous

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Love. Marriage. Murder. Sometimes they're all...Plain Dirty


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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2003 (USA) See more »

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Druden Hunt: All my life I've felt like I was barely attached to the earth. I only seem to weigh something when I'm with you.
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Haunting
28 November 2004 | by janeeyrezSee all my reviews

While it's not pleasant, it definitely sinks its hooks into you and stays for a while. This movie would be easy to dismiss as a Southern Gothic mess, but there is a fable quality that makes it hard to forget.

The performances are all very strong and the setting is excellent. In a way it's all about how our dreams possess us and motivate us, while simultaneously coming into collision with those dreamers around us. The frustration of the husband in trying to control his wife makes it easy to believe how far he's willing to go, and, therefore, how desperately she plots and conspires to be free.

You won't admire anybody's morals here, that's for sure, but you can't help empathizing with how strongly each person struggles for the vision of existence they wish to achieve.


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