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Gotham (1988)

Tommy Lee Jones , Virginia Madsen , Lloyd Fonvielle  |  R |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Tommy Lee Jones, Virginia Madsen, Colin Bruce, Denise Stephenson, Kevin Jarre
  • Directors: Lloyd Fonvielle
  • Writers: Lloyd Fonvielle
  • Producers: David J. Latt, Eli Johnson, Gerald I. Isenberg, Keith Addis
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Subtitled, 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: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002CR03G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,959 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gotham" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Original trailer

Editorial Reviews

Betrayal, lust and greed are the main ingredients of this "stylish" (Films and Filming) and "fascinating" (Monthly Film Bulletin) supernatural thriller starring OscarÂ(r) winner* Tommy Lee Jones (The Fugitive), Virginia Madsen (Ghosts of Mississippi) and Colin Bruce (Chariots of Fire). Down-on-his-luck P.I. Eddie Mallard (Jones) eagerly accepts money from millionaire Charlie Rand (Bruce) to make Rand's socialite wife Rachel (Madsen) leave him alone. There's just one small problem'the woman has been dead for ten years. When Eddie encounters Rachel's glamorous ghost, he is immediately seduced by her otherworldly charms and becomes embroiled in a dangerous love affair with only one logical way out! *1993: Supporting Actor, The Fugitive

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish and brilliantly acted November 27, 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
This is one of my favorite movies, and it's a mystery to me that it isn't more popular. I am waiting patiently for it to appear on DVD - I already have it on laserdisk.
Virginia Madsen portrays the dead wife of a wealthy man who has hired Tommy Lee Jones (a barely-competent private eye), to get her to leave him alone. Jones plays along with the wealthy client, whom he assumes is a nut case, because he needs the work. As things develop, Jones starts to fall in love with Madsen.
Gotham is an extremely stylish detective/ghost story that includes Virginia Madsen's best acting performance. She should have won an Oscar for her performance here. Her piercing eye contact with the camera at the very end of the movie is both hypnotizing and electrifying. There are many other scenes that really take your breath away - like when she listens to a street musician sing "Danny Boy."
This movie gets my strongest recommendation. If you are a fan of Virginia Madsen, you MUST have this movie.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars off-beat film that has so many layers October 7, 2004
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Chances are you have missed this devilish delightful gem and that is a shame. With Tommy Lee Jones being one of the best actors around, I was sorry this film is totally ignored. I think the few that saw it was not entirely sure what to make of it. For those who have found it, they generally adore this quirky, sexy thriller, a who dun it, who stole the jewels, and if half the cast are alive or not!

Tommy Lee Jones gives a great performance (when does he not) as Eddie Mallard. Eddie is a down-on-his-lucky, so-so gumshoe in the Sam Spade tradition. When a friend wants to be a client with the tale he wants Eddie to persuade his ex-wife Rachel Carlyle (sexy Virginia Madsen) to leave him alone, Eddie says yes. All in a days business. Well, problems soon become apparent that is "ex" wife was not an "ex" because his friend divorced her, but rather he killed her and then stole all her jewelry. When this fact comes to light, Eddie's client insists he still wants Eddie to convince Rachel to go away. Befuddled by his friends insistence he wants the dead woman to leave him alone, Eddie thinks, what the heck, easy money, eh? However, Rachel soon turns up and she hardly looks like a ghost. She is a very sexy bombshell. Soon Eddie is drawn into Rachel's web and into an affair.

It's done with a ton of symbolism that requires the viewer to watch this one a dozen times to catch all the little nuances. The moody atmospheric lensing adds to the teasing, tantalizing feel, with two strong performances by two very amazing actors. I have always adored Virginia Madsen. She is the epitome blonde bombshell, yet intelligence radiated, snapping from her eyes challenging you to dare call her a dumb blonde.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful gem January 1, 2005
By scrappy
This is a wonderful little movie that, I think, was made originally for cable. I saw it when it came out and it has always been a favorite. What I love most about the film is the haunting tone, which is reflected in the noir storyline, visuals, and music. I especially liked the music -- the noted version of Danny Boy is the best rendition I've ever heard, and the torch music is great and fits the cosmopolitan "feel" of the movie. Since it was a little seen film, you won't get a lot of reviews. Don't let the fact that it was not widely seen scare you off -- it is a keeper. Tommy Lee Jones gives a great performance and Virginia Madsen has never been more beautiful.
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What REALLY happens inside a man when he "falls in love"? November 17, 2002
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What REALLY happens inside a man when he "falls in love"? If you want to begin to get a clue, or - better yet - if you are tearfully trying to grasp what on earth has happened to you in particular, you should see "Gotham" - again and again. It is an American classic of the Inner Landscape.
I wonder how much idea Tommy Lee Jones and company had of just what they were enacting. Only as much as writer/producer/director, Lloyd Fonvielle, was able or willing to tell them. Siskel & Ebert, etc., totally missed the point. Why? Because people in our culture are not prepared for a movie whose plot/premise barely holds together as a tale of what occurs in the world but which, as an inner story, dream- or myth-like, works quite beautifully. (In that sense the movie's plot is rather like our lives!)
Your enjoyment/comprehension of this movie will be much enhanced if you have at least some familiarity with the Jungian Anima (I mean conceptually - we men all do experientally, although depressingly few know much about, or acknowledge, Her!). If you don't, I don't want to put you off. It will do quite nicely if a woman's image has - in whatever way - just devastated you, or some man you know, inside. I've never seen a movie where this is so graphically depicted. The decline and Fall. "How will I find you?" Eddie quaveringly asks. "Don't worry," she replies, with a smile that is simultaneously sweet and diabolical, "I'll find YOU." Oh, yes.
This movie is incredibly rich in symbols and insight, and really repays multiple viewings.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love Tommy Lee Jones so I buy every movie he is in.
Published 1 month ago by Karen Bendl
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful mystery
I loved this story. It was different from the run of the mill mysteries that you always watch on DVD or at the movies. Read more
Published 5 months ago by susan candy-luterman
5.0 out of 5 stars An Overlooked Classic
Made for cable so not available in widescreen, too bad. Early Tommy Lee Jones before he became a caricature of himself. Early Virginia Madsen, beautiful. Read more
Published 9 months ago by J. Hubert
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I was looking for.
Just what I was looking for. I ordered it for a co-worker and he loves it. Can't find it in stores.
Published 11 months ago by Flamingo Chick
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotham - spooky
This movies has the feel of a mid 1940 PI mystery. But it has a paranormal element to it. Tommy Lee Jones plays a PI gumshoe a bit down on his luck when a society fellow hires him... Read more
Published 19 months ago by J. Browne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, One of a Kind, Manhattan Noir Ghost Story !
I loved this movie when I saw it years ago, in the eighties...I never forgot when I found it on Amazon, it was a great treat to see it again. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Baxtermom
4.0 out of 5 stars quirky imaginative great music
Under rated when it came out. Hard to find now. Amazing performance of "Danny Boy" by J.B. White. worth seeing just to hear him sing so sweet
Published 22 months ago by mixed up kid
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 'low budget' movie!
Can't find this movie anywhere and it's never played on TV. Enjoyable movie and great actors. The story line keeps you involved. It's a 'dark' movie.
Published on July 26, 2012 by Sierra Vista Vision
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Negative Reviewers Miss That It Is Tongue In Cheek
This is a highly effective "film noir" satire with psychic overtones. Most people that review it negatively seem to miss that it is intended to mix genres and spoof the genres in... Read more
Published on June 3, 2010 by James S. Eisenberg
4.0 out of 5 stars PI + Sexy Ghost(?) = Hot time in the City
Cash-strapped private detective Tommy Lee Jones is hired by a client who claims he is being haunted by the ghost of his dead wife (Virginia Madsen). Read more
Published on May 17, 2009 by Don L'Amor
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Did you find a sound track ? I would like to find out who did Danny Boy and if it is available any where.
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