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Durant's Never Closes (2016)

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The story of Jack Durant, notorious restaurateur and ladies man whose connections to the mafia remain a mystery.

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Travis Mills

Writers:

Terry Earp (play), Mabel Leo (book) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Tom Sizemore ... Jack Durant
Jon Gries ... Dizzy Dean
Peter Bogdanovich ... George
Michelle Stafford ... Suzie
Mark Grossman ... College Kid
Bill Wetherill ... Truck Driver
Kristi Lawrence Kristi Lawrence ... Food Critic
Travis Mills ... Investigator
Greg Lutz ... Doctor
Rob Edwards ... Rude Man
Stacie Stocker ... Becky
Seth Gandrud ... Mike
Jedediah Jones ... Cowboy 2
Bridget Guillory ... Client
Kristina Sabbagh ... Escort
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Tom Sizemore plays Jack Durant, a dynamic and dangerous gentleman who runs the most famous steakhouse in the city. He caters to movie stars, politicians and mobsters. He knows all their secrets but does anyone really know the man they call Jack Durant?

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Somewhere between heaven and hell... Durant's.


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Michael Richards had been cast as Dizzy Dean, but for unknown reasons was replaced with Jon Gries. See more »

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Unconventional biopic a breakout picture for director Travis Mills
20 July 2016 | by Prufrock-7See all my reviews

DURANT'S NEVER CLOSES is an ambitious step forward for prolific director Travis Mills. The film is wholly unapologetic about its nonlinear narrative and doesn't hold its viewers hand through difficult terrain. It is no small feat that (despite a few amateur performances and at least one extended take that tries the viewer's patience something fierce) I have found the film more rewarding through each subsequent viewing.

I'm often skeptical of films we're told demand revisitation. Experience has shown me they often are bloated with self-importance, tout style over substance, and try to be the smartest kid in the room. Despite its unconventional biopic, DURANT'S NEVER CLOSES is never guilty of these sins. It is a psychologically character- driven piece reminiscent of the classical Hollywood style both technically and visually (part of the reason, I'd like to imagine, Peter Bogdanovich chose to be involved). If its narrative feels opaque at times, it is a product of a young director's overreach—one who admirably errs on the side of concision rather than artifice.

It's a delight to watch trainwreck and all-around pain-in-the-ass Tom Sizemore chew the scenery here. He dominates nearly every shot of the picture with largely-improvised, curse-laden rants which help establish the film's tight pace. Michelle Stafford delivers a performance of effecting gravitas in the film's best sequence and Jon Gries's melancholic humor makes the most of his limited screen time.

DURANT'S NEVER CLOSES personifies Mills's auteur thesis of creating Arizona-based films by an Arizona-based company. The Hollywood talent elevates the product, but the vision is unsullied. Mills may just be the Joseph H. Lewis of Phoenix and DURANT'S NEVER CLOSES boosts his brand.


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22 January 2016 (USA) See more »

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