Tobe is about 16, living with her dad and younger brother in LA's San Fernando Valley. She invites a gas station attendant named Harlan to come to the beach with her and her friends. He's from South Dakota, wears a cowboy hat, talks country, and has been a ranch hand. They have a great time, his simple expressions seem like wisdom, he's attentive and polite, and even though he's more than twice her age, she wants to spend time with him. When her father objects, she rebels. Harlan, meanwhile, thinks she's his soul mate, and he starts making plans to get her away from her father. Worlds are set to collide, but which ones?Written by
There are at least two different versions of the film, with scenes either missing or added and different takes of key moments. The rarer 105-minute cut shortens many scenes but includes a missing scene between Harlan and Lonnie. Indeed, several of the escape scenes are different and in some cases reflect differently on Harlan's character. The sound mix is also different, with "Lean On Me Gently" as the credits song instead of Mazzy Star's "Look On Down From the Bridge." See more »
While Harlan is teaching Lonnie to shoot, he tells the boy that the design of the Colt Peacemaker revolver has never changed since the gun first came out in 1873. In actuality, the Peacemaker underwent several significant changes in the late 1800s. These included a re-designed base pin retainer, an updated ejector rod, and a switch from wood to hard rubber as the standard grip material. See more »
I've tried living down in the valley again, really tried this time. Walked up and down it looking for one open face, but most people I've meet hardly seem like human beings to me anymore.
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I thought this movie was fantastic!! I couldn't predict what would happen, and it was like watching a great book where you can't wait to turn the page, without having to get my fingers out of the popcorn. But really I forgot all about the popcorn. The acting was great, the music was captivating and really heightened the emotions. I felt so much for Evan Rachel Wood's character and Rory Culkin. But I also reeaally enjoyed Edward Norton's performance. I'd never heard of this director before, but I really liked how this film moved along and it looked great. And, since I live in Los Angeles, it was fun to see such familiar locations. I really recommend this film for people who like substance, not just action. It's not one for the kids obviously, but if you liked any of the Cohen Brothers movies, or Fight Club, or Garden State, you'll most likely enjoy Down In The Valley. I did!!
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