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Desperation Rising (1989)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Cassavetes ... Tony Sarchuzi
Tally Lauriti Tally Lauriti ... Angelo Sarchuzi
Jason Holt Jason Holt ... Jason Holt
Jacquie Banan Jacquie Banan ... Julia Hunt
Gail Britt-Anthony Gail Britt-Anthony ... Daisy
Scott Williams Scott Williams ... Quid
Joseph Dean Martin Joseph Dean Martin ... Julian
Kelsey Kelsey ... Skull
Kelly Leigh Kelly Leigh ... Amber
Don Barrett ... Jake
Michael Ben-Edward Michael Ben-Edward ... Nace White
Fred Floyd Fred Floyd ... Gangmember #1
Patrick Wayne Patrick Wayne ... Gangmember #2
Kent Holmes Kent Holmes ... Gangmember #3
Debbie Berg Debbie Berg ... Gina


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I will not waste our time with a summary; your average two year old is familiar with the themes and plot of Desperation Rising
21 May 2006 | by nedmoff-1See all my reviews

Some say Jason Holt reaches his zenith in Angel of Passion; others say Death Dancers is his magnum opus. Although these are his better known films (and they are essential viewing for any aspiring film buff) they are not his best. "Desperation Rising" is superior to "Death Dancers" in its muted tones and subtle shades of desperation, and "Desperation Rising" rises above even "Angel of Passion" in its relentless exploration of timeless themes. It is a triumph of the human spirit! Stunning! Nick Cassavetes gives a tour-de-force performance as a man who is angry on a construction site.

Special effects play no insignificant role in "Desperation Rising." Restraint is key in the film. The restraint of passion, erotica, eros, action, and even the special effects weave together throughout the entire film to create a terse blend of flaming emotions. Through this restraint Holt achieves a remarkable synthesis that can rival only the greatest of auteurs.

It is a white-knuckle-thrill-ride that will keep you guessing on the edge of your seat until the very end, in which the film has unfortunately been forced to cease through virtue of it's own ending. Finally, a movie that lets the actors speak for themselves. A must see!

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