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Dark Blood (2012)

Dealing with nuclear testing and its long-lasting deadly effects, the story portrays Boy, a young widower living in the desert on a nuclear testing site. Living as a hermit, he waits for ... See full summary »

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George Sluizer

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Credited cast:
River Phoenix ... Boy
Judy Davis ... Buffy Fletcher
Jonathan Pryce ... Harry Fletcher
Karen Black ... Motel Woman
T. Dan Hopkins ... Joe Tapesi
Lorne Miller Lorne Miller ... Mechanic / Motel Woman's Son
Julius Drum Julius Drum ... Indian #1 (as Julius 'Josh' Drum)
John Trudell ... Indian #2 (as John Trudell Jr.)
Rodney A. Grant ... Indian #3
George Aguilar ... Indian #4
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stephen Silberkraus Stephen Silberkraus ... The Fletcher's Son
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Dealing with nuclear testing and its long-lasting deadly effects, the story portrays Boy, a young widower living in the desert on a nuclear testing site. Living as a hermit, he waits for the end of the world, carving Kachina dolls that he believes have magical powers. While travelling on a "second" honeymoon across the Arizona desert, the car of a Hollywood jet-set couple breaks down. They are rescued by Boy, who holds them prisoner, because he desires the woman, and wants to create a better world with her. Written by GeorgeSluizer.com

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26 April 2014 (Japan) See more »

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Дурная кровь See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Only 80% of all scenes were finished when River Phoenix died. See more »

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Boy: Show me a sane man and I'll show you a real moron.
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Unfinished, yet amazing!
13 November 2013 | by ricardopthomazSee all my reviews

What a movie I just saw!! Seriously, it's just an amazing and hypnotic experience! This movie was shot in 1993, mind you! All you see on screen was shot in that year. You can notice that Jonathan Pryce's hair is less gray than it really is today. Also, you got in the movie the strong and mesmerizing presence of the late River Phoenix, coming in a time capsule directly to the future to give us his mesmerizing swan song. Wow... freakin' wow!

Great acting, a script that shines and beautiful backgrounds are the main attractions here. The story is told in the form of a road movie and the characters all goes through changes in their lives. The most powerful thing in the movie is its heart and soul. This is the engine that moves the narrative. As for it's body, it's unfortunately broken, for the lack of a better comparison. As the director George Sluizer states before the movie starts, this movie will always be like a three feet chair. It's slightly unbalanced, it misses something but with care, still stands on it's feet.

With River Phoenix's death before the shooting process finishes, the director summarizes the missing fragments of the movie to us in order to complete the narrative. It works fine that way. In spirit, in heart and soul, this movie deserves a straight 10/10. With its broken, unfinished body, it takes a 8/10. If only they could finish it in time... but that from now on, until the end of times will only belong to our imagination, trying to figure out what it could have been.

For what it is, it perfectly stands on it's feet. Must watch! Once again, thanks to the "37º Festival International de Cinema de São Paulo" in my city by the SESC institution of culture and development, I could enjoy another amazing flick!


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