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Coastlines (2006)

Timothy Olyphant , Josh Brolin , Victor Nunez  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Timothy Olyphant, Josh Brolin, Sarah Wynter, Scott Wilson, Angela Bettis
  • Directors: Victor Nunez
  • Writers: Victor Nunez
  • Producers: Caroline Kaplan, Eric Robison, Heidi Levitt, Jody Allen, John Sloss
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, 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: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Ifc
  • DVD Release Date: February 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000K2V7E6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,745 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Coastlines" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by director Victor Nunez
  • Deleted scene

Editorial Reviews

(Drama/Thriller) Sonny (Olyphant), an ex-con, returns home and creates a new dynamic for both friends and enemies. The local power broker, Fred Vance (Forsythe), wants Sonny back in his shady world but Sonny only wants money due. As he fights his long suppressed desire for his best friend's wife, passion and revenge threaten to overtake all as Sonny’s anger careens out of control, leading to an explosive confrontation, and finally to a surprising resolution.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Friendship October 6, 2008
By Reader
Format:DVD
I picked this movie because of Timothy Olyphant. I like his performance in HBO series "Deadwood" but have not seen him on the big screen yet before I got this movie. His big dark eyes are mesmerizing and his quiet walk hints that there is a trouble to this character that is difficult to decode right away. Olyphant plays a convict released early from the prison who returns to his home town. He wants to collect money from a job that landed him to prison in a first place and reconnect with friends from his youth. His best friend is a sheriff, kind and caring, if not dull - who is married to a beautiful woman both men love. Can this love triangle survive the temptations? Where does loyalty and frendship fall into the play? Can someone start over his life after terrible personal loss? Good story, lots of action, great characters and moving emotional power.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the wait... February 12, 2007
By Cubist
Format:DVD
Victor Nunez may not be the most prolific filmmaker - he's made five feature films in 28 years - but the ones that do exist are intimate portraits of characters in transition, often leaving a bad situation in the hopes of starting a new life. His films are set in Florida (the state that he hails from) and his latest, Coastlines, is no different. However, because it was independently financed, the film has taken five years to finally see the light of day on DVD but for fans of Nunez's work, it has definitely been well worth the wait.

Right from the opening credits Nunez establishes the setting and the main characters of the film. He does a great job creating a sense of place, immersing us in the town and the people that inhabit it with the way he shoots everything and uses location and music. For example, he employs several evocative overhead long shots of the landscape that really go a long way in setting a particular mood and atmosphere. There is a consistency to the way he shoots his movies and Coastlines feels like it was shot in the 1990s along with his last two efforts, Ruby in Paradise and Ulee's Gold.

Nunez also has a knack for drawing very naturalistic performances out of his actors. These characters behave and speak like actual people and not like movie stereotypes. There's an ease and natural flow to their conversations. It's great to see actors like Timothy Olyphant, Josh Lucas and William Forsythe, who normally play larger than life characters in more mainstream fare, portray more realistically-written characters.

The nature of the story - a drama mixed with a crime thriller - lends itself to a potentially sensationalistic approach but Nunez treats every aspect of the movie (even the blowing up of a house) in a matter-of-fact manner.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Low budget indie melodrama July 24, 2009
Format:DVD
Despite Josh Brolin's presence, this indie film smacks of low budget, though its tale of revenge, with a love triangle on the side, makes for pleasant viewing. Set in the Florida Panhandle, the film doesn't make very clear what the central character wants from the two evil marina guys, though he seems to want some money owed him before he went to prison for some drug activities. The action parts of the film are the weak link, but the character development of the love triangle participants is decently done. Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Coastlines May 27, 2010
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Being a huge Timothy Olyphant fan, I knew I would not be disappointed and I wasn't. This is an emotional little movie with characters that are flawed and so human. I would suggest this film to others.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I recently became a fan of Timothy Olyphant after watching the new series 'Justified', one of the best programs on FX or any other network. Fortunately, he does not disappoint in 'Coastlines', not one little bit. Writer and director, Victor Nunez manages to confer a depth of character upon our protagonist that leaves us really caring what happens to him. In fact, even the children in this film are gifted with personas that make them memorable.

Sonny is a rather tragic fellow just returning home from a three year prison stint, hoping to start over. His relationship with his father is ambiguous on a good day. The affection between them is obvious, but his father just seems compelled, whenever he opens his mouth, to say something disparaging about his son. Unfortunately, Sonny's resolution towards a quieter life is marred slightly by unfinished past business gone bad. Nunez brilliantly culls these moments and experiences to lay open the finely nuanced aspects of Sonny's character, allowing us to really see into his soul.

The music chosen for this movie is so very apt to the spiritual threads throughout. We hear some Jazz, Blues, Zydego and the movie ends on the laid back, go-with-the-flow of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Call Me The Breeze". So apropos!

While some have criticized Dave's (Josh Brolin) kindness to Sonny after he misappropriates certain family valuables, so to speak, I came away with a totally different perspective. I grew up in churches that taught, repeatedly, the concept of unconditional love, yet not often have I witnessed it. The camaraderie that Sonny, Dave and Anne had formed over so many years was closer than blood. Indeed, there had to be rules and boundaries, but forgiveness, upon remorse, was a given.

In conclusion, the good guys were flawed, yet they were heading in the right direction and the bad guys... Well, they were heading in the correct direction. Love it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Love the actors! -script -not so much
This film lacked a script good enough for it's actors to play. Another plodding, predictable, boring script. Waste of talent.
Published 13 days ago by Gunner
5.0 out of 5 stars Timothy Olyphant shines
It is not surprising that Timothy Olyphant shines in this film. What a brilliant actor! He elevates this small budget film by sticking to what he knows best - playing honestly and... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Diana Grigoriev
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
I LOVE Timothy Olyphant so anything he does I will LOVE. He is a wonderful actor, and improves any movie he is in.
Published 2 months ago by linda cassidy
4.0 out of 5 stars loved the florida scenes
this is a good timothy olyphant movie to show the hard times some of us invariably face depending on our circumstances
Published 3 months ago by abby
5.0 out of 5 stars TIMOTHY!!!!
Timothy Olyphant need I say more. I could watch him in anything. He is a very under rated actor. I love him in Justified and even when he plays a bad guy.
Published 5 months ago by big fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
Coastlines is a drama about a young man who gets out of prison and seeks out those for whom he protected by taking the "fall". Read more
Published 6 months ago by Joanne
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Look at Friends and Family Interaction
I adore Timothy Olyphant so this movie was ahead of the field simply because he's in it but the nice surprise was the attention to the finer points of family relationships and how... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Deborah Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars Timothy Olyphant
I love Timothy Olyphant and I live in the area where this movie was filmed. I also purchased this movie because I learned that I know the dog and the dog's owner/trainer that was... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Martha L. Davis
3.0 out of 5 stars Everyone has to start somewhere
A much, much older Timothy Oliphant movie. Great fun to go back in time and watch if you have seen and loved his more recent stuff. Read more
Published 15 months ago by ShopperShopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Film by Victor Nunez, Oliphant is the lead
Wish amazon could show more care in their labeling.
Great film with all the quiet power one expects from the
the maker of Ruby in Paradise and Ulees Gold. Read more
Published 16 months ago by daniel punton
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