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An Occasional Hell


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OCCASIONAL HELL - DVD Movie

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Product Details

  • Actors: Tom Berenger, Valeria Golino, Kari Wuhrer, Robert Davi, Richard Edson
  • Directors: Salomé Breziner
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 1999
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305645469
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,110 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "An Occasional Hell" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

Just a plain, very bad movie.
den
I didn't understand why the blonde popped into his scenes until I realized that this man was desparately lonely.
Farscape fan
I was told how bad this movie was.
"fullb"

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Farscape fan on June 23, 2002
Format: DVD
I didn't find this movie as creepy as the Twin Peaks comparison. I actually hesitated to watch it because of that. I am glad I did watch it, if only for Mr. Berenger's portayal of an ex-detective. It does contain graphic violence and nudity yet not all stories are about pretty lives. I didn't understand why the blonde popped into his scenes until I realized that this man was desparately lonely. She was his saving grace, giving him that ego boost and intimacy he lacked in his life. This character that Tom Berenger chose to play is in keeping with his other sensitive portayals that help women realize that men are human too. Honoring men and the sacrifices they make in the line of duty is a worthy gesture. If you're a Berenger fan don't hesitate to watch this. The story is an interesting one and the acting is well done by all. I gave it three stars for Tom Berenger. The other two stars are withheld because I couldn't show this movie to my parents. They're from a different generation yet Casa Blanca still stands as the benchmark even now. It's not a classic but Mr. Berenger is. The "mighty haven't fallen." There are just more people writing bad reviews than there are people writing classics.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David on December 24, 2009
Format: DVD
An Occasional Hell may not be anybodies favorite movie, but it is fantastic. It is one of those places you wish you will never go. An experience you never want to have.

When you are a good detective, and a good man, not too good, because you had a fling or two, but with the prettiest girl in town... And then you get physically destroyed. Nothing simple, like a motorcycle wreck, no, a bullet in the kidney. You have to wear a colostomy bag, and monitor your insulin...

You really don't want to be this guy... And, he doesn't want to be that guy either! Imagine the depression! Imagine the misery! Imagine what he does just to get along and to hide from involvement with other people. He becomes a college professor in a small southern town and doesn't talk to anybody.

But he starts seeing a ghost. A naked Kari Wuhrer shaped ghost... She's asking him for help. What would you do if a naked Kari Wuhrer rushed up to you and asked for help? How much more would it take to get you to help?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 16, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
In this southern based mystery, a "battle-scarred" (actually, emasculated) alcholic-detective investigates the dissapearance of a local "Lolita." Hot nudity was edited to a minimum (unfortunately,) and the E.S.P. angle was a wierdly interesting twist.
The ensemble cast was "integrated and believable" from one character to another, and they were characters that interested me in the outcome.
The wrap-up of the plot was oddly brief, as if it were "Apocolypse Now," where the director had one vision, and the studio another where they said, "No, we need more action...Let's blow it all up!"
Nice eye-candy, and sumptuous southern cinematography, make it worth checking out...even if plot is weak or wierd, er...I mean, eclectic.
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By den on August 18, 2011
Format: DVD
No other way to say it. Just a plain, very bad movie. I bought the movie, not here on Amazon, because of the actors invovled and of course, Kari Wuhrer. So many goofs and just bad movie making. Examples are when Tom Berenger first injects himself at his desk and the fluid from the syringe is seen shooting just to the lower left of his elbow. Another terrible goof is that briefly, his Ford Taurus changes color from maroon to red for a few scenes in the movie. Even the model year is different. The stunt double was to obvious in the one scene he was needed. Then at the end, I don't want to give it away but lets just say, the headless and fully clothed dummy( dead person ) in what looks like long johns is silly. Tom Berenger, sitting in a jail cell in dire need of medical attention for his condition that is known by his former police buddies and why was he thrown in a cell in the first place ? Another example of the bad writing is why did the ex wife/ widow not have an attorney appointed to her until almost the end of the movie. Also, the kids for just losing their dad, seemed pretty content to just play around in the yard. I watched until the end hoping that there might be a cool twist but sadly no. Avoid this movie.
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Format: DVD
Another one of those movies with a title that has nothing to do whatever with the plot. A muddled and incohesive script traps Tom Berenger in the role of a police detective who was shot and resulting in the necessitation for him to use an ambulatory dialysis unit to flush out his kidneys. This unique concept does have a few pivotal points, and offeres Tom a chance to expand his otherwise confusing character. He is asked by the widow of a fellow professor to investigate who brutally murdered her husband while he was making out with a sexy waitress.

This is a thriller with very little thrills; there are no scenes of suspense, even with a half-baked car chase. The climax is anticlimactic, and the inclusion of the visions of the missing waitress come out of nowhere and offer little sense to an already jumbled story.

Berenger does well, as does Kari Wuhrer in the role of the missing waitress. Valeria Golino (Hot Shots, Knots Landing) phones in her performance; Robert Davi does his hard edged cop thing again; and Stephen Lang is wasted as the murdered infidel. Bland and slow paced, AN OCCASIONAL HELL fails to deliver.
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