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Brown's Requiem (1999)

Michael Rooker , Big Daddy Wayne , Jason Freeland  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Rooker, Big Daddy Wayne, Jack Wallace, Will Sasso, Selma Blair
  • Directors: Jason Freeland
  • Writers: Jason Freeland, James Ellroy
  • Producers: David Rubin, Erik Kritzer, John McDonnell III, Kit Jennings, Mark Ezralow
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: April 4, 2000
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305815178
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,110 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Brown's Requiem" on IMDb

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Michael Rooker, Selma Blair. Modern tale of police corruption and murder in Los Angeles. Based on the novel by James Ellroy. 1998/color/97 min/R.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Low Budget, High on Talent April 17, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Jason Freeland's "Brown's Requiem" is proof that you don't need to spend 100 million dollars to make a great movie. "Requiem" is an adaptation of James Ellroy's first novel, and like the book it is high on suspense and twists. The plot is typical Ellroy: an emotionally battered man atones for past sins by involving himself in a labrythian mystery. Michael Rooker, as Fritz Brown, gives a phenomenal performance filled with subtlty and sly acting. The cast is filled with many great character actors including Selma Blair, Brad Dourif, Valerie Perrine, and the late Brion James. Freeland's script is exceptionally tight and is remarkably faithful to the complex novel. Check this movie out!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but interesting June 1, 2007
I didn't like how the story resolved itself in the end, but the cast and production were great. The dialogue was terrific. Amateurish or self-consciously neo noir? Perhaps, but it did a better job as an homage to that genre than "Brick" or "Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang." I didn't read the book so I am just judging the film on its own terms. I say it's worth two hours of your time and a few bucks.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice try, but... November 2, 2000
Uneven attempt to adapt James Ellroy's first novel. Features an excellent cast --- William Sasso's portrayal of Fat Dog Baker is worth the price of admission --- but Michael Rooker in the starring role seems badly miscast for an Ellroy-style "hero." Brown's relationships with Jane Baker and Walter are never developed; these characters appear only briefly so it's difficult to feel much emotional resonance (in the novel these relationships are crucial to Brown's motivations and why he acts as he does). A worthwhile entertainment for hard-core mystery fans, but it does make one yearn for the depth and complexity of the novel.
Nothing special about the DVD. The audio is two-channel Dolby and the transfer is letterboxed but not enhanced for 16x9 TVs. Extra features are limited to a trailer and cast and crew bios, although there is an audio commentary by the director.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 stars out of 4 January 28, 2009
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The modern-day equivalent of a Poverty Row feature, Brown's Requiem lacks high production values and frills but generates a lot out of a little and features Michael Rooker at his anti-social best; if you like neo-noirs or James Ellroy you should watch this underappreciated little film.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An occurrence June 28, 2006
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A private detective is hired to free a duped young sister by a man that has ties to an illicit activity. The client also has ties to some illicit activity. A very good dramatic mystery. I had to watch it from start to finish.
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