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Revolution #9 (2001)

A handsome and successful young man's life begins to unravel when he develops an acute sense of paranoia. Things escalate when Jackson is convinced that a tv ad holds sinister messages ... See full summary »

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Tim McCann

Writer:

Tim McCann

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Risley ... James Jackson
Adrienne Shelly ... Kim Kelly
Spalding Gray ... Scooter McCrae
Callie Thorne ... Stephanie
Michael Rodrick ... Joe Kelly
Sakina Jaffrey ... Dr. Ray
Jase Blankfort Jase Blankfort ... Tommy Kelly
Kristin Griffith ... Gale
Jonathan Hogan Jonathan Hogan ... Dr. Phil Karlson
Ted Sutton ... Dr. Fred Land
James Burton James Burton ... Therapist Fuller (as Jim Burton)
David Deblinger ... Jay
Claire Beckman ... Sarah McCrae
Armand Schultz ... John Ford
Phyllis Somerville ... Judge Hathaway (as Phyllis Sommerville)
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A handsome and successful young man's life begins to unravel when he develops an acute sense of paranoia. Things escalate when Jackson is convinced that a tv ad holds sinister messages aimed at him. Is Jackson losing his mind, or are the threats real?

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Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Revolución N° 9 See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color
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References L'Eclisse (1962) See more »

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A Real Downer, but with Extraordinary Panache
22 July 2003 | by B24See all my reviews

Surely this is what low-budget, independent filmmaking in terms of fulfilling its potential is all about. The unique qualities that differentiate film from other dramatic media like stage plays, audio-tapes, live television, etc. are evident in this film in great abundance. I was not at all put off by recurrent multiple visions, time-lapse episodes, color variations, and other visual effects that have annoyed one or two other viewers commenting here. What is truly amazing about the film is how it takes an ensemble of little-known actors and commonplace settings and creates something powerfully dramatic without losing the verité effect of a politically and socially relevant documentary.

As others have said about the subject matter (some seem very familiar with it in clinical terms), it grabs you by the throat and won't let go even after it comes to a rather abrupt end. I, too, have known people with similar mental illnesses, and have found myself in real life playing many of the roles pictured here -- though to varying degrees and with different outcomes. A sensitive viewer may even find himself or herself identifying strongly with one or another of the characters, which is always a measure of great acting and great storytelling. This film ought to be watched from beginning to end in a dark room with no one else present to offer comments, preferably late at night when one is left at the conclusion with no option except to relive the experiences for an hour or so in complete solitude.

This is a movie that comes with no laugh track. 10 of 10.


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