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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

Special Features

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

Product Details

  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: First Independent
  • DVD Release Date: October 3, 2006
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,017 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 4, 2006
Format: DVD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike Sturak on January 6, 2013
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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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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By LGwriter on December 2, 2006
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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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eugene Chamson on January 11, 2008
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Seeing this film in the video rental store, I had high expectations. A David Mamet "sexy thriller" starring William H. Macy; what could be bad? Unfortunately, the film is neither sexy nor thrilling, and does not rise to the level of Mamet's other works. But it does succeed in being both interesting and disturbing.

Macy gives a frenzied performance as Edmond, a middle-aged white professional who descends into madness as his life careens out of control. We witness Edmond as he reacts against all the horrible things he sees in the world: greed, lawlessness, cruelty, violence, loneliness, and ultimately the emptiness and meaninglessness of his life. It's reminiscent of DeNiro in "Taxi Driver" and Michael Douglas in "Falling Down", both of which are better films.

The problem with "Edmond" is that we don't connect with or care enough about the main character. We don't feel his pain, and so we can't understand his actions. There are some satisfying scenes where Edmond righteously defends against the prostitutes, muggers and other lowlifes in his path. But just as we start to feel we understand him, Edmond lashes out violently against seemingly innocent victims. It's as if the filmmakers couldn't decide between making a thoughtful drama or a slasher horror flick, and so combined elements of both.

There are flashes of Mamet's trademark sparse snappy dialog which are almost poetic. But whenever Edmond tries to say something meaningful about his philosophy, it just comes across as the rantings of a psychopath. This is a serious weakness of the film. You can't have the main character acting crazy and then expect us to take anything he says seriously.

Overall, the film has a nightmarish quality to it that is captivating.
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