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Desert Blue (1999)

Casey Affleck , Brendan Sexton III , Morgan J. Freeman  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Casey Affleck, Brendan Sexton III, Kate Hudson, Christina Ricci, John Heard
  • Directors: Morgan J. Freeman
  • Writers: Morgan J. Freeman
  • Producers: A. Carter Pottash, Andrea Sperling, Effie Brown, Gill Holland, Kip Hagopian
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • 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: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: December 28, 1999
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000022TSK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,101 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Desert Blue" on IMDb

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  • Music Video: The Frug by Rilo Kiley

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When cable TV starlet Skye gets stuck in the tiny town of Baxter California with her kitsch-crazy dad the last thing she wants to do is get to know the local teens a restless group that includes pyro chick Ely her motorcross racer boyfriend Pete and loner Blue. When a mysterious chemical spill forces the FBI to put the town under quarantine Skye has no choice but to stay put and when she starts to fall in love with Blue she realizes she might not be in such a rush to get back to the big city after all. A film by Morgan J. Freeman (Hurricane Streets) DESERT BLUE is a rare and original comedy featuring a knockout ensemble cast including Brendan Sexton III (Welcome To The Dollhouse) Kate Hudson (Scream 3) John Heard (TV's "The Sopranos") Sara Gilbert (TV's "Roseanne") Casey Affleck (Good Will Hunting) and Christina Ricci (The Opposite Of Sex).System Requirements:Running Time: 89 Min.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: COMEDY Rating: R UPC: 043396043893 Manufacturer No: 04389

Baxter, California, is the fictional home of the world's largest ice cream cone; that's where cable TV starlet Skye (Kate Hudson) gets stuck with her father (John Heard), a professor studying roadside attractions, when a truck carrying the secret ingredient of a new cola overturns and is suspected of being environmentally hazardous. Desert Blue's wisp of a plot centers around this possible toxic spill and a suspicious motel fire, but the heart of the movie lies in the aimless but cheerful activities of the town's teens, played by Brendan Sexton III (Welcome to the Dollhouse), Sara Gilbert (from TV's Roseanne), and Christina Ricci (The Opposite of Sex). After the EPA quarantines the town, Skye finds herself making friends with the local kids. These kids may be eccentrics--Ricci's character builds bombs and her boyfriend (Casey Affleck) is obsessed with racing all-terrain vehicles--but their quirks spring from the boredom that afflicts all isolated small towns; they just refuse to succumb. The movie's second greatest strength arises from the landscape. The movie doesn't make the desert majestic, as a John Ford Western might. Instead, the scrubby underbrush and blowing sand seem almost intimate; even if you've never lived in the Southwest, Desert Blue makes the countryside seem like home. It's a modest movie, but it makes modesty a virtue. --Bret Fetzer

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Acting, Directing, and Writing September 27, 1999
By A Customer
More great stuff from Morgan J. Freeman. As a person who watched this film for the first time at SXSW '99 my excitment was high. I had seen Huricane Streets and was prepared for anything. This film is not only funny, but also deeply moving. If you are the type of guy that screams independant, this film is for you. I was on the edge of my seat. Please trust me, It's well worth your time and dollars!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great story with the perfect cast. February 2, 2000
i have never in my life seen a better casting call. kate hudson was great- her transition from b!tch to human was believable. and then the rest of the cast, which was the biggest treat for me- casey affleck, christina ricci, sara gilbert, brendan sexton III, and ethan suplee... ALL IN THE SAME MOVIE... if you get as excited over a casting call as i do, you already expect the movie to be unbelievable before you've even watched it. i predicted the ending, but even so, the ride was still fun. i am especially impressed with ethan's performance- its about time he was given a good role like this one!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fasinating and enjoying October 24, 2003
this is a really good movie I thought. its about this small town in the desert, Kate Hudson(Almost Famous) and her father John Heard(C.H.U.D.) come to the town for a visit. in the town there is Brendan Sexton III(Boys Dont Cry) who plays Blue, Christina Ricci(Pumpkin) who plays a pipebomb addict and her boyfriend Casey Affleck(Oceans Eleven2001), Sara Gilbert(Rosanne) and her boyfriend Peter Sarsgard(The Salton Sea) and Ethan Suplee(Mallrats). Hudson and Sexton start to have a connection, the town is seiged off by cops because a truck spilled and they dont know if its radioactive or deadly and the 2 start to fall in love and Hudson bonds with his friends who think shes too pretty and shes an actress who some of the people in town saw her on a show. Michael Ironside(Starship Troopers) appears as well as the one of the cops who seige the place up. its filled with comedy, drama, romance and haunting secrets. one of 1999's best
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Indie is meant to be! January 18, 2000
When was the last time you watched a movie and could not predict the next scene? That is exactly why you should buy this movie! I am an Indie filmmmaker and know the process well. If you ever wanted to watch a movie and find out what happens this is for you! Christinna Ricci is awsome as usually. So is all the others in the film. How many movies have you seen where 10 minutes into it you know the ending? To many to name for me. That is why I am not going to refer what happens in the movie, I just say if you want to see a new movie, not told told another way, please see this movie and you WILL add it to your collection. I was so glad to be able to watch something original and this meets all expectations. One to have that you can watch and share with others!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Cast is Great.... May 2, 2000
By A Customer
The characterization in this movie is great. Each character is unique, odd, and acted superbly. Combine that with the isolation of the movie and I am reminded of The Breakfeast Club (only newer and fresher). Despite a fairly weak to nonexistent plot I still found myself enjoying the movie. The ending was also very predictable but so enjoyable and anticipated that you want to see it anyway.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good June 4, 2012
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I just love this movie, this strange atmosphere, the story, the town, ALL, i can see it again and again
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good independent film worth your time January 3, 2000
By A Customer
this movie was really good and it suprised me. if you liked dancer, texas pop. 81, you'll most likely enjoy this one too. this movie has become one of my favorites and i think that if you gave it a try, you would like it as much as i did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Christina like I've never seen before! March 11, 2013
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Christina Ricci fans will Love the little Devil she is in this film. Interesting plot. We all could lose some of our Freedom on any given day. Predictable, but funny ending.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars gotta love it!
I have been searching for this movie for so long and finally found it. I was very pleased with how easy it was to find and order. Very happy with Amazon I will be back!
Published on November 18, 2010 by wild at heart
4.0 out of 5 stars Ok film
I bought this movie because I'm a huge fan of Christina Ricci and three of the songs on the soundtrack are by my favorite band ever (Rilo Kiley). Read more
Published on October 12, 2008 by Natalie Dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars Being original makes friends
I've been following Christina Ricci For a while now and I finally decided to purchase it.
This movie is great and very original. one of my Faves. Read more
Published on October 5, 2008 by irocudont
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
Had finished reading another review of "Desert Blue" movie, and it left me puzzled. The reviewer started out negative saying "Desert Blue" was not a great movie. Read more
Published on January 15, 2008 by Chelli Browne
3.0 out of 5 stars Typical Indie Film with Great Kate Hudson & Christina Ricci
'Desert Blue' is an indie movie, and like many indie movies it features many quirky characters played by good actors whose names should be more famous than now. Read more
Published on July 30, 2004 by Tsuyoshi
3.0 out of 5 stars A fair movie
Someone created jobs, putting a lot of actors and studio people to work, and also endorsed (perhaps indirectly) some pretty good products. Read more
Published on May 26, 2004 by carl womack
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Independent Film
I saw this film recently with about thirty other people. Everyone loved it. Lots of actors and actresses that are famous now can be seen here in their early years. Read more
Published on May 1, 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Deserted with a bunch of teens and a star!
This movie was not as good as i thought. I think the story is solid but could have more to it. The cast is excellent and each of the characters have their own personalities and... Read more
Published on October 26, 2001 by Kelly George
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal
This movie was absolutely phenomenal! I mean, the potato shooting and orange baseball was awesome. Oh and the pyro with the bombs-That was great! Read more
Published on December 3, 2000 by "marishka47"
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