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Edmond (2005)

William H. Macy , Julia Stiles , Stuart Gordon  |  R |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William H. Macy, Julia Stiles, Joe Mantegna, Frances Bay, Rebecca Pidgeon
  • Directors: Stuart Gordon
  • Writers: David Mamet
  • Producers: Al Corley, Allison Wolf, Amy Gunzenhauser, Art Spigel, Bart Rosenblatt
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • 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: First Independent
  • DVD Release Date: October 3, 2006
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,221 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Edmond" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by writer David Mamet and director Stuart Gordon
  • "Anatomy of a Thriller" featurette
  • Deleted scenes

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A man (Macy) becomes involved in a twisted game of sex, lies and murder with 3 young women (Denise Richards, Mena Suvari, Julia Stiles). It’s a first rate thriller from the legendary David Mamet.

William H. Macy, a longtime collaborator of David Mamet, takes on one of Mamet's biggest, ugliest creations in the title role of Edmond. Edmond drops out of his ordinary life after a chance encounter with a fortune-teller, and cruises through a New York inferno that leads to murder. It also leads to a great deal of the clipped, counter-punching dialogue that Mamet is famous for, although at times the film plays like a monologue interrupted by peripheral blips on Edmond's skewed radar. Mamet's subject is the frenzied reaction of the modern male to the narrowing of his domain, a crisis that drives Edmond to the familiar touchstones of bar, peep show, and whorehouse, none of which provide the solace he thinks they should. The 2005 film is based on Mamet's 1982 play, and somehow the picture might have had more pop if it had been filmed closer to that time, when panicked masculinity was a fresher subject. And the text is a kind of dark, horrific fable that probably worked better in the stylized realm of the stage than on film. Stuart Gordon directs with a blunt forward motion that foregrounds the most unsavory aspects of the material (fans of his Re-Animator should note the presence of Jeffrey Combs as a snotty hotel clerk). Except for Macy, cast members come and go in the episodic flow, some of them (Joe Mantegna and Rebecca Pidgeon) identified with Mamet's work. Julia Stiles plays the unfortunate waitress who falls into Edmond's path, and Bai Ling, Denise Richards, and Mena Suvari are women of the night who want to charge Edmond too much money. But it's Macy's show, and he mercilessly gets inside Edmond's bad self: a monster of entitlement and self-delusion, given to epiphanies that lead nowhere except his own ego. --Robert Horton

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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "You are not where you belong" October 4, 2006
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Perhaps the real title of David Mamet's incendiary Edmond should perhaps be, careful what you wish for, or even don't vilify certain minority groups because your actions may come back to haunt you. This edgy and provocative film, featuring a truly spectacular performance by William H. Macy, features the cerebral Mamet at his dramatic best.

Here we have the angst-ridden, misogynistic, racist and homophobic male, so pent-up with hidden fury that he's becomes a walking nightmare. He's a bomb waiting to burst as all the years of "being on top" gradually deflate as he trolls through a nighttime labyrinth of crime-ridden streets, alleyways, and strip clubs in New York, just waiting to explode. (Interestingly the movie was actually filmed in Downtown Los Angeles).

Edmond Burke (Macy) is deeply frustrated with is life and work. Tired of being a white-collar robot, he abruptly tells his wife (Rebecca Pidgeon) that he is going to walk out on their marriage because she no longer interests him sexually or spiritually. He's just been to a tarot card reading and the results are not good - murder, blood, mayhem and prison dominate with the dumbfounded psychic telling him, "You are not where you belong."

In a local bar he meets a fellow white-collar worker (Joe Mantegna) directs Edmond to a gentleman's club where he convinces him that what he probably needs is some sex. And in this scene we get the first glimpse of a man who is living on the edge and is easily swayed.

He visits a strip club, a peep show and a massage parlor, where he visits a variety of gorgeous girls including Denise Richards and Mena Suvari, but he's too tight-fisted to part with any money and leaves in a huff or is physically ousted.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Macy is great, and disturbing March 16, 2011
Wiliam Macy is one of the best actors of our generation. And he is one of the most under-rated.

Macy plays a man whose marriage has dissolved. His life is a blank wall, and he is searching for a reason to his life. So he starts by looking for a woman, believing sexual contact will help him. Any woman. He goes from a strip bar, to a peep show, to a hooker, and in each place, he is the victim of scams and people who rob him, beat him, and want only his money. In each case, everyone sees him as a mark. In his desperation, after being beaten, and robbed, he finally picks up a waitress who he thinks understands him. BUT, he has slowly descended into madness, and he kills her when she doesn't agree with his `philosophy'.

This is a character study of a man who is lost to the world, and after being used and beaten, creates his own morality. A morality that is in opposition to the rigors of `correct society', and destroys him.

Watch this dvd for Macy's performance. He is incredible as always.

Be warned, this film is a brutal study, and very disturbing. It is NOT viewable by children.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stinging drama of frustration, lust, and rage December 2, 2006
It's not hard to say that William Macy's an actor's actor--which means that he can take on virtually any role and do absolute wonders with it. In "Edmond" he's the title character who, at the beginning, walks out on his beautiful, sexy wife (Rebecca Pidgeon), which immediately sets the viewer's mind on edge. It's not only that she's so attractive; it's also the way he phrases his disillusion with her that makes you cringe.

From there things go progressively downhill. We start with Edmond's frustration in his marriage and subsequently understand his lust--which apparently was not being satisfied by his beautiful wife--and, ultimately, his rage. It's rage, in fact, that fuels Edmond throughout the course of the film, through his encounters with three different hookers, a woman on a subway, a waitress, and a pimp on the street. Early on, his rage is also fueled by a man in a bar Edmond goes to; the man is played by Joe Mantegna, who spouts racism and sexism as fluidly and easily as anyone might talk about the weather. And Edmond immediately agrees with everything the man says--not because, as we understand, he really is necessarily racist or sexist, but because he is more than anything else a truly angry person.

Rage makes Edmond lie and kill, and drives him to attempts at lustful encounters with the hookers, all of which end in frustration and non-fulfillment. In this short (under 80 minutes) film, Macy gives a knockout performance as Edmond. This is a one-man show definitely worth seeing.

The ending is a bitterly ironic conclusion to a highly troubled journey that ultimately leaves the viewer either sad or pondering...or perhaps both.

Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nightmarish January 6, 2013

Edmond (2005) William H. Macy, Julia Stiles, Joe Mantegna, Frances Bay
Rated R.
A film for mature adults, in my opinion.
A little known indie that's off the beaten path and original.
Shocking and disturbing but fascinating.
Edmond is trapped in a world of personal frustration. He's not happy with his marriage. He's not happy with his job. He's not happy with himself or his life in any way and he doesn't know why.
And he doesn't seem to care why since his anger is all encompassing.
He is more than simply pent-up angry and unfulfilled.
Scam artists of the underworld sense his lack of fulfillment and try to take advantage.
His psychotic fury builds and builds.
Although basically mild mannered, he morphs into a ticking time bomb.
He delves into the dark world of so called men's entertainment. Strip clubs, peep shows and prostitution. But lust never seems to satisfy at any price.
Repressed rage must find an outlet, as it always will. And bottled up madness must unleash itself eventually.
The dark journey grows darker. It becomes nightmarish and menacing.
For some people like Edmond, life becomes a random absurdity.
This film is hell bound and pushes way too many buttons for the casual viewer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A movie that is not politically correct...something new for a change.
I really liked this movie, but I think the ending sort of ruined it.
There could have been so many other possibilities to end this really good movie, yet the director chose... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Luke
3.0 out of 5 stars Edmund cd
I love this movie however when I got the cd the very beginning of the movie was cut out. It started with the elevator scene. The beginning is very important. Read more
Published 14 months ago by paul tropeano
1.0 out of 5 stars All the Black Males In This Film Are Monsters
The movie starts out with two white businessmen at a bar who make racist comments as they watch black male basketball players on the television. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Paul H
i'm turned on by movies that are slightly of center, unique/bizarre, controversial & different. Alternative may be the Genre. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Robby Jr [aka] STATIC
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for everybody!
William H. Macy is perfectly cast in this disturbing psychological portrait of a man living an inauthentic life, who descends into a hell of anger and violence that reveals his... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Ravenswood
2.0 out of 5 stars dissapointing
A good and promising film for first 20-30mins. William Macy was excellently cast and truly looked the part. Read more
Published on March 25, 2012 by .fgd
1.0 out of 5 stars made me even re-think the mamet movie I kind of liked.
Although the specs of House of Games weren't memorable (and now I'm even thinking it wasn't his, lol), remember liking it at the time. Read more
Published on October 14, 2011 by jenna randolph
1.0 out of 5 stars A Sick Movie Written By A Sick Mind
Why would anybody want to spend time with such an ugly character...what can be learned from endruing his life.. Read more
Published on December 15, 2010 by John W. Schlatter
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible, mean-spirited movie
I'm a fan of David Mamet but I hated this movie.

It was interesting at first, then it went into strange and awkward directions, yet, at the end, the climax was not worth... Read more
Published on August 14, 2010 by Scott B. Saul
5.0 out of 5 stars a very dark movie that will leave you stunned
edmond is a movie where something in the begining shows up frequently.very dark very adult movie that makes you think this could or has probably really happened.
Published on July 28, 2010 by iammoedick
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