A young filmmaker gets wrapped up in a crime while shooting his new project on location.

Director:

Monte Hellman

Writer:

Steven Gaydos
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tygh Runyan ... Mitchell Haven
Dominique Swain ... Nathalie Post
Shannyn Sossamon ... Laurel Graham / Velma Duran
John Diehl ... Bobby Billings
Cliff De Young ... Cary Stewart / Rafe Taschen
Waylon Payne ... Bruno Brotherton
Rob Kolar Rob Kolar ... Steve Gales (as Robert Kolar)
Nic Paul Nic Paul ... Johnny Laidlaw
Fabio Testi ... Nestor Duran
Fabio Tricamo Fabio Tricamo ... Desk Clerk
Moxie Moxie ... Self
Peter Bart ... Self
Pete Manos Pete Manos ... El Cholo Bartender
Mallory Culbert ... Mallory
Beck Latimore Beck Latimore ... Doc Holliday Bartender
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Storyline

There's a murky tenuous balance between reality and fiction; particularly when it involves a beautiful young woman, murder, a powerful politico, a missing fortune and suicide. A passionate filmmaker creating a film based upon a true crime casts an unknown mysterious young woman bearing a disturbing resemblance to the femme fatale in the story. Unsuspectingly, he finds himself drawn into a complex web of haunting intrigue, obsessed with the woman, the crime, her possibly notorious past and the disturbing complexity between art and truth. From the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina to Verona, Rome and London, new truths are revealed and clues to other crimes and passions, darker and even more complex are uncovered. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Illusion is the first of all pleasures

Genres:

Romance | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and brief violence | See all certifications »

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This film was shot on a Canon 5D. See more »

Connections

References America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back (1988) See more »

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Help Me Make It Through The Night
Written by Kris Kristofferson
Performed by Sammi Smith
Courtesy of Sammi Smith Estate
By arrangement with Major Mary Productions
Used by permission of Combine Music Corp
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One of the most exotic opening scenes in movie history!
19 June 2011 | by Karaoke-2See all my reviews

Opening medium shot: Shannyn Sossamon is sitting on a bed with her back to the headboard.The camera begins to move s-l-o-w-l-y toward a closeup of her face against a backdrop of silence. 3 minutes elapse as we watch her left hand move toward her face. She is holding a hair dryer. She turns it on. It blows in her face. During the next 2-3 minutes we watch as she moves the hair dryer closer to her face. We hear the motor purr. As this soporific scene concludes it sets the stage for a 120+ minute film that defies description. We soon learn that the story is about the shooting of a movie. Mademoiselle Sossamon has been chosen for the lead in this 'movie within a movie' She tells the Director she is 'not an actress' but he wants her anyway. I don't blame him..she's gorgeous and mysterious, perfect for a part that is the centerpiece of this convoluted, incomprehensible, maddening movie. As we watch various scenes of the director 'shooting his movie,' we become more confused regarding the storyline. When the director needs a retake, we watch him shoot the same scene over three times. More than likely the film editor went mad attempting to splice the scenes together to make a coherent story. Rather than give up, he spliced the scenes at random, collected his check and vanished. I commend him for having the courage to allow his name be listed in the credits. This movie was an endurance test. After the first 30 minutes, I took a bathroom break and noticed that at least half the audience had left, presumably in time to get their money back. I am aware there is an audience for this type of movie who enjoy obscure plots populated with ill defined characters. I'll acknowledge that Director Monte Hellman has style, but I'm unable to describe it. If money is not an object, go see this movie. But don't delay. I suspect the DVD is imminent.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 2011 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Caminho para o Nada See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,521, 12 June 2011

Gross USA:

$40,294

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$161,619
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Tigers Den Studios See more »
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Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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