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Big Bad Love (2001)

Vietnam veteran Leon Barlow is struggling as a writer, and his personal life isn't much better. His unsympathetic ex-wife Marilyn doesn't approve of his visits with his two children, and he... See full summary »

Director:

Arliss Howard

Writers:

Larry Brown (stories), James Howard (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arliss Howard ... Barlow
Debra Winger ... Marilyn
Paul Le Mat ... Monroe
Rosanna Arquette ... Velma
Angie Dickinson ... Mrs. Barlow
Michael Parks ... Mr. Aaron
Alex Van ... Deputy
Zachary Moody Zachary Moody ... Alan
Olivia Kersey Olivia Kersey ... Alisha
Kevin Mitchell Kevin Mitchell ... Twin #1
Matt Mitchell Matt Mitchell ... Twin #2
Sue Peavey Sue Peavey ... Cindy
Michael Williamson Michael Williamson ... Young Barlow
Coleman Barks Coleman Barks ... Minister
Gloria Jackson Winters Gloria Jackson Winters ... Mrs. Shepard (as Gloria Winters)
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Storyline

Vietnam veteran Leon Barlow is struggling as a writer, and his personal life isn't much better. His unsympathetic ex-wife Marilyn doesn't approve of his visits with his two children, and he has problems with alcohol. Yet even when Leon manages to catch up on alimony and child support payments, things in his life seem to decline further, until a sudden tragedy catches him off guard. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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The staggering tale of one man's relentless pursuit of imperfection.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality
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Details

Official Sites:

IFC Films [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 2001 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Holly Springs, Mississippi, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,293, 24 February 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$100,420, 5 May 2002
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Debra Winger's return to acting after a six year absence. See more »

Soundtracks

Sleepwalkin'
Performed by Tom Verlaine
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R.I.P. Larry Brown (11/24/04)
24 November 2004 | by KingsnakeSee all my reviews

Rest in peace Larry Brown. It's so bizarre. I was just re-watching one of my favorite movies of all time last night (Big Bad Love). Larry Brown wrote the book, and he also has a small part as Barlow's father in the film.

Then I read on-line that Larry died today of a heart attack (11/24/04). That is very strange. Anyway, if you haven't seen it, watch the movie "Big Bad Love" (see my review in an earlier listing 4/21/03). I found the story, acting and music to be some of the most moving material I've ever experienced. Don't worry, there are plenty of laughs too. If this flick doesn't draw some emotion from you, you better check for a pulse.

Also get the soundtrack CD. It has some of the coolest blues that you'll ever hear. It features several artists from the North Mississippi Hill Country region, where the movie was filmed. R.L. Burnside and Kenny Brown even have cameo appearances. It's some big bad music.

Crawlin' Kingsnake

Austin, TX


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