Maine Congressman Charlie Winship has had a bad day. After being caught on video failing to stand and recite the pledge of allegiance, he knocks out another House member, confronts his angry ex-wife, and faces denunciation by the media for attacking one of the most cherished patriotic symbols in America. As his life spirals out of control, Charlie embarks on a journey to a remote island in the Atlantic whose eccentric inhabitants are in the middle of a shooting war over their fishing grounds. Treat Williams stars as The Congressman in this humorous and moving film that raises the important question of what it means to be an American.
Motion Picture Rating
Rated R for some language and brief sexual material
Did You Know?
The productions economy of means turned into a style. There would be no dollies or cranes, no bank lights; a portion of filming took place at the end of trails on the edge of cliffs far away from electrical power - generators were hard to lug over uneven trails so the production relied on runners with batteries. Whatever the weather was that day would be filmed. There was no time cushion. One day five different locations involving company moves were shot. Shooting was close to the bone. Never more than five takes. No ECU's in favor of two-shots that ran long and made use of actors doing what they do best; invent and relate. As for sound, the seagulls had a lot to say about who was heard, so did the waves, and the boat engines, and the wind. See more
Catatonk Island is supposed to be 20 miles off-shore. This can not be true. There is a scene from the island that shows the mainland in the distance across the ocean. Mohegan Island, where the film was actually shot, is 12 nautical miles (22 km) off-shore, just within the critical distance for being able to see "over" the horizon when viewed from the elevated cliffs. If the island was truly 20 miles off-shore one would not see the mainland just ocean. See more
You know when we're young we think we're going all the way to the top. And then somewhere along the journey most men look up at the summit and they realize that they are never going to get there. So... they stop to enjoy the view.
This Is The Time
End Credits Song
Written by Thomas Hien
& Wolf Wolff
Performed by Thomas Hien
Courtesy of Defend Music See more