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Chrystal (2004)

Lisa Blount , Ed Corbin  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lisa Blount, Ed Corbin, Colin Fickes, Johnny Galecki, Walton Goggins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2005
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009PVZSM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,010 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Set in back woods and gritty bar rooms, CHRYSTAL not only transports you into the deep South, but also plugs you into its pulse.Sixteen years after Joe ( Academy Award Winner, Billy Bob Thornton) plunged the family car off the road with his wife Chrystal

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
This story is so much about the setting, in the Ozark Mountains, where growing pot is one of the few ways to make enough money to keep your land, where men drink and drive as long as they avoid the downtown area, where rednecks clear out the fish fry for a fight in the parking lot, and where a bluegrass jamboree is a way to while away a humid evening. The scenery is beautiful, but everyone's isolation is tragic. The bar fight is one of the best scenes, with no professional moves, just a heck of a lot of slapping, kicking, and stumbling. There is nothing suave about the bar fight. The realism was beautiful, especially as Thornton's character let his arch enemy get a riled up while Thornton himself remained steady.

The movie starts out slow, but the action in the middle is powerful, and the ending is a sucker punch to the gut. The characters are vivid and true. This is a haunting tale about loss, guilt, and redemption.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hypnotic and engaging October 16, 2005
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I admit, I rented this DVD because I am a Billy-Bob fan, but I watched the whole rather slow moving story because I was immediately grabbed by the music. I have read the above reviews and agree with the positive ones so I won't repeat what they said. I only want to add that the (local) music is haunting and hypnotic, a good representation of that 'high lonesome' mountain sound that graces "O brother..."and "the songcatcher". If there were a soundtrack I would buy it.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Southern Tragedy October 19, 2005
This movie is kind of similar to Undertow and Monster's Ball. It deals with violence, crime, tragedy, forgiveness, redemption, and reconcilation. It's a great vehicle to showcase the relatively unknown Lisa Blount who managed to upstaged the rather low-key Billy Bob Thorton. Blount plays the title character who was traumatized and physically damaged by the car accident that took the life of her little boy. Her husband Joe(Thorton) was to blame for the tragedy, because he was smuggling drug in the car, and ended sentenced to prison for twenty years.

During the time when Joe was absent, Chrystal lives alone with her dog Precise in an isolated farm, and she occasionally offers herself sexually to the local boys. She's constantly haunted by the death of her son, and still angry at Joe when he came home. They no longer connect emotionally and sexually. At one point, Joe ask her," Am I still your husband?" She responded angrily and said,"If you just want my P****, just come and get it....". He's trying to seek her forgiveness and start over again, but the worst thing was that she can no longer have children.

The local marajuana dealer named Snake(Ray McKinnon, director and writer of this film) tried to persuade Joe to grow marajuana on his farm, but he declined, and things get nasty and physical between the two. Meanwhile, a travelling blind musicologist named Kalid is in town to gather research for his book, and becomes friend with Chrystal who used to be a good singer. This subplot allowed the film to feature many beautiful songs that resembles Songcatcher and some of the Bluegrass music featured in You Can Count On Me. Things gets even more ugly when Snake and his gang chased Chrystal and Kalid into the woods and want to gang rape her.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking May 9, 2006
Oscar Winner Billy Bob Thornton (Best Adapted Screenplay, Sling Blade) gives one of his best performances in "Chrystal" a massively overlooked and under rated movie that captures the southern atmosphere and elivers a compelling and sometimes funny movie. Thornton plays Joe, who sixteen years before drove his wife Chrystal (Lisa Blount) and their young boy off a cliff. Joe came out of the wreck fine and went on to serve a 16 year prison term. Chrystal is mentally unstable and has become, virtually, the town hooker. The little boy was never found, not a trace. When Joe is released from prison, he returns to the home he shared with Chrystal and begins staying on the porch and reuniting with some old friends. Chrystal, meanwhile, befriends a blind writer named Kalid (Harry Lennix, of The Matrix films). Now, even though Thornton is spectacular; Blount makes the kind of first impression actresses like Amy Adams did in "Junebug". She really overshadows all of the other actors who are much better known then herself. She plays the deeply disturbed Chrystal to a T. I'm surprised she didn't nab an Oscar nomination. I'm not sure why this film was so "under the radar" because it truly is a marvelous film. There are times when the film stumbles a bit and the character Snake (who I was surprised to find was played by writer/director Ray McKinnon) overstayed his welcome but if you are in a video store you should really rent this movie.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
It is rare to come across films as unique and fine tuned as CHRYSTAL, even more so when the only recognizable feature is the big name star on the film's cover. But in this first cinematic outing by the enormously gifted Ray McKinnon there are so many sparks of greatness that they dwell on the screen like glowing embers until the collective heat explodes into a impressive fire of creative skill.

Ray McKinnon both wrote and directed this film and also plays one of the key characters (in an award-deserving performance for supporting actor!). His method of telling a story is as slow and gradual as a festering abscess and he makes his audience stay alert until all of the dots are gradually joined to reveal the whole picture: that takes writing and directing guts in a time when audiences want to be spoon fed linear plots summarized in a sentence. McKinnon's courage (and budgetary constraints) made him cast his film with mostly unknown actors, each of whom performs like seasoned veterans. How much of that is due to the presence of such fine talent as Billy Bob Thornton, Harry Dean Stanton, and Lisa Blount is up for speculation, but it is McKinnon's sure hand both in writing and in directing that makes this little film so pungent and memorable.

Joe (Billy Bob Thornton - in a brilliantly understated performance) returns to a little trashy town in Arkansas in mid Ozarks after a 20 year prison time for drugs, DUI, and attempts to escape: his imprisonment began after a car crash that killed his young son and left his wife Chrystal (Lisa Blount, an actress of tremendous depth) with a broken neck and a broken spirit and soul, living in squalor and providing sex for all of the men and boys of the area.
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Published 27 days ago by R. monk
3.0 out of 5 stars You'll like it or hate it
Very tough call, I had a scowl on my face thru the entire movie. I think you will either like this movie or hate it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Russell S
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by gary thornton
4.0 out of 5 stars I Wish they Would Have Spelled Her Name Differently
I thought the movie moved along slowly and I didn't understand why she was so compliant about the violence against her. But it was an interesting movie and one you'll remember.
Published 3 months ago by Jeanniemaries
5.0 out of 5 stars Hill People
This movie proves what life experience for country people will validate to the 110% level. I've known guys like Joe even with that name, and I've known just about every character... Read more
Published 4 months ago by crosscountryman
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent in all respects
Characters are so real, you will believe they exist in some Appalachian "hollor" . The script captures the logical interaction and the cultural climate, without espousing a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Wallace
4.0 out of 5 stars Life and death in the Ozarks
It was great to see Harry Dean Stanton appear, if only briefly, as a musician, and the song that Chrystal sang was goose bump gorgeous. Read more
Published 6 months ago by lonebeaut
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
Love the movie. I am a big fan of Billy Bob Thornton. Lisa Blount was stunning in her performance in the movie.
Published 6 months ago by janie
5.0 out of 5 stars music, authenticity
Love this movie. Red rockingchair inspires me. real human pain. Real human redemption. this is one of my clasic 20. and to think she played the bimbo in an Officer and a Gentleman. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sandy Nowack
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding performance by Thornton
Why hasn't Billy Bob Thornton won a Best Actor in a Leading Role Academy Award for his performance in Chrystal? This movie is great. Don't miss it.
Published 6 months ago by microdoc
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