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A Hole In One (2004)

Michelle Williams , Meat Loaf , Richard Ledes  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michelle Williams, Meat Loaf, Tim Guinee, Wendell Pierce
  • Directors: Richard Ledes
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fox Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: December 27, 2005
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000BQ5J7C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,683 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Hole In One" on IMDb

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Michelle Williams (Brokeback Mountain) delivers a stunning performance as Anna, a young woman in the 1950s obsessed with mental health. When her brother returns home from the war changed and depressed and her gangster boyfriend, Billy (Meat Loaf Aday) kills someone in front of her, it becomes more than she can take and she looks for a way to relieve her pain. She becomes convinced that the only way she can be happy is by having a transorbital lobotomy, the latest technique in brain surgery. Billy hires Tom, a sympathetic Korean War vet to pose as doctor and dissuade her from getting a lobotomy. An attraction between the two develops and eventually she becomes caught between these two men who must then decide her fate.

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3.0 out of 5 stars What a big ice pick you have! June 21, 2009
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Holy Toledo what kind of film is this? It has all the earmarks of an independent film. The actors look like they're reading the script with the exception of Meatloaf looks like he doesn't know where the script is. The props are real enough. The camera jerks around like the "Blair witch project." The music came from an old Hallmark film. Moreover, the pointed humor is blunt. The lobotomy scenes are right out of "The seven Year Itch" - Upward inward, pulsating, ending and unending.

A girl Anna Watson (Michelle Williams) with a slight disorder is in a dysfunctional world. As we see what her problem is, we also get real glimpse of TV and camera footage from the 50. There was the Rosa Luxemberg trial and the bomb (the big one). Even "The Tenth Man" broadcast was real. You can see the yellowing pages of a copy of Life Magazine from 1947. Anna cannot communicate with her brother after the war as he has gone off the mental deep end. In addition, her gangster husband is a sort of hands on guy when it comes to dealing with anger.

Anna decides the only way to face her problems is to get a lobotomy. Her gangster boyfriend convinces one of his subordinates Tom (Tim Guinee) to play doctor and tell her she does not need one. Tom plays doctor too well.

Dr. Tom Franklin: You know, I'm not a real doctor.
Anna Watson: It's ok; I'm not a real patient.

The ending is quite cool.

The Seven Year Itch
8 Heads in a Duffel Bag
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Michelle Williams and Meat Loaf are very good in this little known Movie !!! Check it out, quirky and Interesting
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK February 24, 2011
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This movie was just OK for me. I love Michelle Williams but I just did not like the movie. I watched it about 10 days ago and now can't even remember what it was about.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I have been checking out movies in which Michelle Williams appears for the past couple of months and have come to the conclusion that she is one of the best actresses working in Independent films. It is not just her performances but also her choice of roles that I find interesting. Since Williams received the Best Supporting Actress award at the Critic's Choice ceremonies tonight for her role in "Brokeback Mountain," it is entirely possible that more people will start to think that she was the best thing to come out of "Dawson's Creek." Watching this 2004 film will give them addition evidence to support that conclusion so that it is not simply a question of earning the distinction by default. Just be aware going in that this is not a Cohen Bros. Film, but it does seem like one.

"A Hole in One" is a black comedy that has such a deft touch that you may have to pinch yourself to remind you it is the functional equivalent of a morality play. Williams plays Anna Watson, a young woman growing up during the Eisenhower years. When her younger brother returns from the war suffering from shellshock she cannot reach him and her parents are not interested in trying. Things become so bleak that Anna becomes the girl friend of Billy (Meat Loaf Aday), a murdering gangster. Finally she decides that what a trans-orbital lobotomy will solve all of her problems. After all, it is National Mental Health Week and Dr. Harold Ashton (Bill Raymond) is in Icetown showing how easy it is to take an ice pick and drive it a couple of centimeters into somebody's brain. Who would not want to be cured of alcoholism or depression with a couple of quick taps on a needle that enters your brain through your eye socket? (Come on, what is the worst thing that could happen?).
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