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Julian Po (1997)

Christian Slater , Robin Tunney , Alan Wade  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christian Slater, Robin Tunney, Michael Parks, Cherry Jones, Frankie Faison
  • Directors: Alan Wade
  • Writers: Alan Wade, Branimir Scepanovic
  • Producers: Allan Mindel, Cecilia Kate Roque, Denise Shaw, Jon Glascoe, Joseph Pierson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 19, 2005
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007P0XAK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,991 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Julian Po" on IMDb

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Christian Slater stars as a mysterious drifter whose life takes a fateful turn when he stops at a sleepy small town. In a place where nothing ever happens he becomes the object of fascination for its quirky inhabitants. The men revere him the children follow him and the women hang on to his every word. Buy most significant of all is Sarah (Robin Tunney) a pretty girl who sees the stranger as the love she has so long dreamed of. An intense passion awakens both of them to a world neither had expected. Rich with romance and humor Julian Po is an incredible journey of love and discovery.Running Time: 90 min.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre:?DRAMA UPC:?794043803727

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully different movie! March 16, 2002
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I think this movie is a masterpiece. I love the irony and its philosophy of is it to the fullest before it's too late! And I love the juxtaposition of that with the sense of the futility of life, plus the juxtaposition of Julian's earlier anonymous life where no one cared or loved him with the ironic love and caring he finds in this small town where he's come to kill himself. Then there's the finally irony of finding himself right before...well, I don't want to spoil the plot for you. See for yourself.
Watching it takes me through a range of emotions from laughter to tears to great introspection into the meaninig of life. I couldn't ask for more in a movie. And I thought Christian Slater played the part perfectly.
A great, off-beat movie that's a real hidden gem. Not as depressing as it might sound.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film... excellent story February 8, 2004
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The story and characters were perfect. It captures the essence of a small town and the irony of this young man facing suicide only to change his mind again only to have forces set in motion take control. It is a philosophical echo of our own insecurities and the fact that many of us tend not to live life at its fullest. It had the feel and sensibilities of a live play - would be great on as an off broadway production. Would like to see this in a DVD edition.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christian Slater June 27, 2004
By Hugo
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I never "got" Christian Slater or his presence, purpose, or whatever has made him such an in demand and popular actor until I saw this movie playing on sunday afternoon TV matinee. I look forward to JULIAN PO being reissued on dvd because this is a great movie and CHRISTIAN gives an outstanding lead performance. God knows I have several dvd movies with him in them even though he is not their major star attraction, but, till JULIAN PO, I just never understood Christian's artistry as an actor. NOW I KNOW!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hmmm.. June 10, 1999
By A Customer
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it made me unusual occurence for a wednesday late night movie session. robin tunney was wonderful, as always (did anyone else notice that her name was also Sarah in The Craft?) This movie was offbeat, and the ending was the opposite of what i had imagined. I cried through the last 15 minutes of it. I'd recommend it to anyone who wishes to see Death in a completely different way...
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST DARK COMEDY IN YEARS! January 17, 2000
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I am a huge fan of Christian Slater because he chooses his roles carefully, and most of his roles are dark comedies, which is of course my sense of humor. Such greats as Heathers, Very Bad Things, Twisted, Pump Up the Volume.... all of those were some of his best, but this one tops em all. The whole movie is so fun to watch, knowing that he has death on his mind, and the townspeople just watch him day and night to see if he actually goes through with suicide. One particular scene is where some kids are staring at him through his window and he looks out and screams, "It's ok! I'm not going to kill myself today, you can all go home now!" Robin Tunney was a great supporting actress. Along with a wonderful soundtrack, I highly recommend this movie to the lovers of dark comedies, and only the hardcore fans of Christian Slater.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the intelligent viewer's spoof March 1, 2004
By A Customer
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I've watched this film several times, usually showing it to friends for their first time. Nobody likes the ending, and yet, it's the perfect ending for this movie. You laugh, your eyes moisten, you go through this range of emotions, and human nature is revealed in both positive and negative aspects to a point of making the viewer uncomfortable, then you are snapped to the next vignette. Very well done. I just wish there was a sequel.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, offbeat, humorous, Euopean-like film. April 26, 1999
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I only purchase the video of a movie when it is one I know I'll want to see again and again. Such was the case with "Julian Po." My small video collection consists mostly of films by Ingmar Bergman and other European directors. "Julian Po," except that it is in English with no subtitles and was made by Americans, fits right in. The story -- which I'm not going to divulge because I don't want to lessen the impact of the film on you -- was adapted from a short story by a Czech writer. Though it deals with suicide, it is a film with a great deal of humor, an off-beat movie which holds your attention from beginning to end.
Julian Po is played by Christian Slater, who is so good he doesn't appear to be acting at all. The supporting cast is excellent, too. Even the music score is enchanting and very European. It is designed to fit the action perfectly. For example, when Po is followed down the street of a small town by five or six children, the music seems to be played by five or six wind instruments. But as more and more people begin to follow Po, more and more instruments are added to the orchestration until you have a crowd following him to the same theme played with a lush orchestral sound. This is just one of many details that makes this film work so well.
On the downside there are one or two mistakes of continuity (Po leaves a letter on the bed in his hotel room but in the next scene he has it with him on a bridge where he tears it up; Po has to pay in advance for the first night at the hotel, but not when he returns to extend his stay). And the ending is less than satisfying to those who want a clearer resolution. Nevertheless, I wish more Americans made movies like this one. Hollywood it isn't, and that's perhaps the biggest compliment I can give to "Julian Po."
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4.0 out of 5 stars You'll Be Hearing More About "Julian Po"
This quirky movie is going to be a Broadway musical. The movie is charming, but it is deeply disturbing at the same time. It is a fable about how our dreams pollute our future.
Published 13 months ago by Thomas Myers
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for every teenager and adult that is facing life's...
Such a powerful movie, very sentimental and I even believe would be a great adaptation to turn into a play. Bitter sweet and touching till the end. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Tommy Nester
5.0 out of 5 stars Julian Po, a quirky little work
I LOVED my personal copy of Julian Po. I had rented it when I found out that the cast included Cherry Jones. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jerry Joyner
1.0 out of 5 stars Julian Po
This movie was a disappointment! I do not recommend it!

Spoiler!!!!! The movie follows Julian Po who ends up in a town and its discovered that he's there to commit... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Coffe-N-Books
3.0 out of 5 stars Catskills
The only reason I bought this dvd is because it was filmed in the catskills where my family own a house. The area it was filmed is beautiful but the movie is not that great. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Tonton1
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange-But-Nice Story
This was a strange little movie that got poor reviews and normally wouldn't have been something that would have interested me....but I liked it. Read more
Published on February 28, 2009 by Craig Connell
1.0 out of 5 stars simplistic thief of your time and money
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Published on April 19, 2005 by P. Wehner
4.0 out of 5 stars View this one at least twice before passing judgement
"Interesting material for a short story, but a bit thin for a film," was my impression after first viewing. Read more
Published on November 21, 2001 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars You people just don't get it!
After reading the ten reviews that supercede mine, I felt compelled to throw my two cents in on the topic of this film. Read more
Published on September 21, 2001
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