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Passion Play (2010)

R | | Drama, Fantasy, Romance | 2011 (Brazil)
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An angel under the thumb of a ruthless gangster is saved by a trumpet player down on his luck.

Director:

Mitch Glazer

Writer:

Mitch Glazer (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mickey Rourke ... Nate Poole
Megan Fox ... Lily Luster
Bill Murray ... Happy Shannon
Kelly Lynch ... Harriet
Rhys Ifans ... Sam Adamo
Chuck Liddell ... Aldo
Chris Browning ... Cecil
Mark Sivertsen ... Walt (Man #2)
John Cenatiempo ... Roland
Rory Cochrane ... Rickey
Frank Bond ... Man #1 (With Walt)
Arron Shiver ... Russell
Lora Martinez-Cunningham ... Nurse Kohl (as Lora Cunningham)
Robert Wisdom ... Malcolm (Monk)
Liezl Carstens Liezl Carstens ... April
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Storyline

In Reno, the former successful trumpet player Nate Poole has a one night stand with the wife of the powerful and ruthless mobster Happy Shannon and one of his gangsters abducts Nate to kill him in the desert. Out of the blue, Nate is saved by Indians and he walks through the desert until he reaches a side show owned by Sam Adamo. Nate asks if Sam has a telephone to make a phone call to his friend Harriet, but he sees a beautiful woman with wings called Lily Luster and he asks a drink to her. Then he invites Lily to move with him to Reno. However Sam kidnaps Nate to kill him with a snake, but Lily rescues Nate with a truck and they head to Reno. Nate plots a scheme to raise some money, offering Lily to Happy. Along their journey back to Reno, Nate falls in love with her and he decides to call off the agreement with Happy. But the criminal finds Nate's hideout and abducts Lily and keeps the angel with him. Neverthless Nate is decided to rescue Lily from Hàppy's fortress. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Between heaven and hell is fear. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2011 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

O Anjo do Desejo See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,100, 8 May 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,669, 12 May 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,500,000, 31 December 2011
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Toby Kebbell was cast as Happy Shannon but dropped out, and Bill Murray replaced him. See more »

Goofs

When Nate gets his drink from Lily in her caravan you can see him putting his glass on the table. A few seconds later it's a total different type of glass. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nate: Hey, Billy?
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Soundtracks

When Did You Leave Heaven
Jimmy Scott - Vocals
Jay Bellerose - Drums
David Piltch - Upright Bass
Patrick Warren - Chamberlin
Van Dyke Parks - Piano
Greg Iesiz - Guitar
Levon Henry - Tenor Saxophone
Produced by Joe Henry
Recorded and Mixed by 'Ryan Freeland' at The Garfield House, South Pasadena, CA, January, 2010
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Flawed, but touching
30 June 2011 | by LordJiggySee all my reviews

I found this film more touching than I would have imagined. Megan Fox was very good in her archetypal role. Beautiful music, some lovely photography, with nice turns by the various actors.

If there was a problem with the film, it was the script. Rourke's character, Nate Poole, undergoes some changes that aren't fully worked out, even within the magical realism of the world the film creates, and thus, his actions don't entirely seem consistent or fully motivated.

I've heard Rourke has criticized Ms. Fox's acting, and that seems unfair. The failure of the film at the box office is definitely a function of the script, not Ms. Fox.

For all its flaws, it's still a moving, often strangely beautiful film.


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