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Fierce People (2005)

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A massage therapist looking to overcome her addictions and reconnect with her son, whose father is an anthropologist in South America studying the Yanomani people, moves in with a wealthy ex-client in New Jersey.

Director:

Griffin Dunne

Writers:

Dirk Wittenborn (book), Dirk Wittenborn (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Lane ... Liz Earl
Anton Yelchin ... Finn Earl
Donald Sutherland ... Ogden C. Osborne
Chris Evans ... Bryce
Kristen Stewart ... Maya
Paz de la Huerta ... Jilly
Blu Mankuma ... Gates
Elizabeth Perkins ... Mrs. Langley
Christopher Shyer ... Dr. Leffler
Garry Chalk ... McCallum
Ryan McDonald ... Ian
Dexter Bell ... Marcus Gates
Kaleigh Dey ... Paige
Aaron Brooks ... Giacomo
Jeff Westmoreland Jeff Westmoreland ... Whitney
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Storyline

Trapped in his mother's Lower East Side apartment, sixteen-year-old Finn wants nothing more than to escape New York and spend the summer in South America studying the Iskanani Indians, or "Fierce People," with the anthropologist father he's never met. But Finn's dreams are shattered when he is arrested in a desperate effort to help his drug-dependent mother, Liz, who scrapes by working as a masseuse. Determined to get their lives back on track, Liz moves the two of them into a guest house on the vast country estate of her ex-client, the aging aristocratic billionaire, Ogden C. Osbourne. In Osbourne's close world of privilege and power, Finn and Liz encounter a tribe fiercer and more mysterious than anything they might find in the South American jungle: the super rich. While Liz battles her substance abuse and struggles to win back her son's love and trust, Finn falls in love with Osbourne's beautiful granddaughter, Maya, befriends her charismatic older brother, Bryce, and even wins ... Written by Zoey

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Once you become one of them, it changes you forever. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, drug use, sexuality/nudity and some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English | Tagalog

Release Date:

30 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Des Gens Impitoyables See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,968, 9 September 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$85,410, 23 September 2007
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Eddie Rosales who played the shaman in the movie's dream sequence was actually speaking in Filipino. See more »

Goofs

The Dead Kennedys song "Kill the Poor" plays at Maya's birthday party during the summer of 1980. The song was not released until October of that year. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Finn Earl: [narrating] There's this tribe in South America called the Ishcanani. That means fierce people.
Finn Earl: They're. They're like the meanest people in the world. They'll cut off your thumbs, and they'll shit in your hammock just like we say hello.
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Ride the Swing
Written & Performed by Matthew Ender
Published by D J S Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Kid Gloves Music
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This Is Not Escapist Entertainment But Intellectually Worth Watching
27 August 2015 | by moovemkrSee all my reviews

If you just want to judge this movie based on the final product you see on the screen, it would be about 4 stars. I give it 6 because it wanted to be so much more and I will always find value in anyone or anything that aspires to greatness even when failure is the result.

Basically, would you rather see a prosaic movie that can only be boring and unimaginative be as great as it can be or a daring movie with interesting ideas, that could be great, turn out to be mediocre at best?

The talent the production attracted tells you that the potential was there but I am guessing the production either ran out of time or money or both as the finished product failed as a complete work of art.

It does make me wonder about Griffin Dunne, the director, I am intrigued by the subject matter he chooses to direct, you can always sense the potential, but he never seems to make a great film. I say that with the caveat that Addicted to Love is one of my favorite films, flawed, but it strikes a nerve with me.

Even as mediocre as Fierce People is, it will make you think, it is definitely intellectual, and the subject matter concerning humanity and the desires and motives and actions of modern day human beings as compared to primitive cultures is certainly interesting. The idea being that no matter how sophisticated modern man, especially in western cultures, thinks he is, when it all comes down to it we are still just human beings, animals, that want and need sex and food and shelter and comfort, and unfortunately, violence and cruelty and power over other human beings is often how we gain and protect what we have.

Bottom line, if you are simply looking for escapist entertainment, skip this one, you will be bored. But if you want to dig a little deeper and maybe think about the creatures you interact with on a daily basis in a different way, this film is worth a viewing.


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