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Dennis Quaid gives his finest performance ever as the tormented son of James Caan.
It's pretty easy to see where the film is headed fairly early in the picture but it's so well acted and directed that it's well worth the price of admission. The film is extremely character driven including an incredibly cheap yet sexy Gwyneth Paltrow.
The movie has much to say about relationships, loyalty, selfishness and the price paid because of them.
In the film's arresting opening scene an expressionless grim looking boy stands outside a family's house late at night. He doesn't say a word except that he's lost. They let him in, and decide to let him stay overnight. But that's not all there is to it, the boy is actually working with his father on a scheme they've perfected hundreds of times before, where he waits till the family is asleep and opens the door to his father to come in and rob the place. Something goes terribly wrong that night, but the events that transpire in this scene will haunt every character in this film. This brilliant opening sequence grabs the veiwer's attention, and makes the slow burning tense plot that follows all the more mysterious.
Dennis Quaid stars as Arliss, a man who isn't much of a talker, "You're the best listener I've ever met" Kay Davies (Meg Ryan) tells him when they first meet. "Depends on who's talking" he replies. As events unfold, with a touch if a supernatural element we come to fully comprehend why he so unenthusiastic about life. "I'm a creature of habit" he says at one point, and by then we know exactly why he feels breaking established habits can be deadly.
The dialogue in this film, which is written by the director, literally stings.Read more ›
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This is a well acted mystery movie that is well worth watching.Published 2 months ago by RR in Texas
While I loved seeing Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan in the same movie, the movie itself was pointless.Published 3 months ago by Anne Schulman
This forgotten film is a must if you like Southern Gothic. It is both funny and touching, and Paltrow makes a teen appearance that almost steals the show. Read morePublished 3 months ago by M. B. Stevens
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