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Desert Blue

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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

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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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  • Music Video: The Frug by Rilo Kiley

Product Details

  • 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 (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000022TSK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,980 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Desert Blue" on IMDb

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 1999
Format: DVD
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 By "viciousgirl" on February 2, 2000
Format: DVD
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 By Michael Bolts on October 24, 2003
Format: DVD
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 By Timothy Agee on January 18, 2000
Format: DVD
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 By A Customer on May 2, 2000
Format: DVD
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 By A Customer on January 3, 2000
Format: DVD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kim Eggert on June 4, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I just love this movie, this strange atmosphere, the story, the town, ALL, i can see it again and again
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By carl womack on May 26, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Someone created jobs, putting a lot of actors and studio people to work, and also endorsed (perhaps indirectly) some pretty good products. Other than that, there's really not much to say about this movie. While it does have its moments, it's not one I'd knock down the doors of the video outlet to get to. In fact, this is one of those movies you'd watch when you've already viewed everything else in the store.
It's the story about people who live in the small town of Baxter, California (population 87). A truck has overturned spilling a mysterious chemical, and the driver of the truck dies. Investigators believe he died from whatever the chemical is. Soon the FBI arrive and quarantine the entire town, leaving everyone wondering whether or not they are going to live or die a horrible death. A man and his daughter who came to sort of sight see while on their way to an audition, end up along with the townspeople, unable to travel further since the FBI have set up road blocks around the area. What will happen to these people? You'll need to get the movie and find out.
The film does have an array of interesting characters. One of them, a deputy who wants to be a sheriff in another town tends to make mountains out of mole hills. It's ironic in that I actually know policemen and women who are just like his character.
If you're a Christina Ricci fan, you're sure to love this movie in that she is peppered throughout it. Roles are played well, and hers is the most unigue of the bunch. She's definitely a girl you would not want to make mad, and when you see the movie you'll understand why. In a way, the movie has two plots. One of course is the story of what's going to happen to the quarantined people, the other is finding out the facts concerning a mysterious fire at a motel.
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