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  • Actors: John Diehl, Waylon Payne, Shannyn Sossamon, Dominique Swain, Tygh Runyan
  • Directors: Monte Hellman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MONTEREY VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2011
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0051J15ZE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,720 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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There s a murky tenuous balance between reality and fiction; particularly when it involves a beautiful young woman, murder, a powerful politico, a missing fortune and suicide.

A passionate filmmaker, creating a film based upon a true crime, casts an unknown mysterious young woman bearing a disturbing resemblance to the femme fatale in the story. He finds himself unsuspectingly drawn into a complex web of haunting intrigue, obsessed with the woman, the crime, her possibly notorious past and the disturbing complexity between art and truth.

From the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina to Verona, Rome and London, new truths are revealed and clues to other crimes and passions, darker and even more complex are uncovered.

Review

A certifiable masterpiece…. sculpted with light and movement, bodies and sounds, Hellman goes for the essence: hurt and doubt. --Film Comment

Road to Nowhere may also be as significant to the indie feature as Avatar is to the popcorn movie. --The New York Times

Monte Hellman s first feature film in 21 years is one of his finest and deepest, a twin peak to his 1971 masterpiece Two Lane Blacktop. --Variety

Customer Reviews

Probably the best in Venice 2010 and one of the most important american movie of the decade!
Antonio Palmerini
Working off a beautiful script and stunning performances, Hellman weaves a take suffused with reality and unreality, and he makes it work like a dream.
Lars Trodson
This movie should have been titled, "The Movie that Goes Nowhere ... slowly ... very slowly ... BORINGLY slowly."
Plankwing

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. Teslovich on December 3, 2011
Format: DVD
Is it a one or a five? Usually a five comes about because of creative writing; directing that has a flow that is engaging; acting as natural as breathing; props and sets that capture you into the world of the story; cinematography that has a wow factor and finally attention to detail is always present in greatness.

So, sorry, "Road to Nowhere" was a road to nowhere. The story lacked clarity and believability; it was too fragmented and jumped so much that nausea was beginning to set in; acting had a robotic read-a-line artificiality with an overly staged feel to it; filming largely took place in a few cost saving settings - house, park and roadway; low quality audio and no subtitles made it hard to follow along with the story; there's an inverse relationship between the number of acknowledgements and thank you for assistance credits and the quality of a movie. In this case around 130 such special thanks e.g. Joe's Pizza for the doughnuts, Mike's Hardware for the water, Dr. Dentist for use of his storeroom with patient's folders, etc.

Suggestion: Watch "Le Quattro Volte" and compare writing, directing, acting, cinematography yourself.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Rosenbaum on September 8, 2013
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If you haven't yet seen Monte Hellman's last feature, you should--and not once, but several times. This is a fascinating head-scratcher that grows in impact and complexity while you're watching it, and then takes you somewhere pretty startling. Check it out!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Doug Anderson VINE VOICE on March 14, 2013
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Pretty much everything that critics (amateur and professional) have said about this movie is true, both the positive and the negative. And yet....this is one of those failures/successes (like The Paperboy) that you do not want to miss. Monte Hellman made a masterpiece back in 1971 called Two-Lane Blacktop which starred two non-actors (James Taylor and Dennis Wilson), and that film established Hellman as one of the most interesting filmmakers of the early 70's but his entire reputation rests on that one effort. He made other films but none received much attention, until Road to Nowhere, a film which many see as a return to form. Be that as it may, this film stands on its own. It doesn't need the Hellman or Two-Lane mythos to seduce you. Its got plenty of seductive power of its own.

In a way, Road to Nowhere is a chance for Hellman (or any cinephile in the audience) to examine his or her own relationship to cinema. On the one hand, the film is full of references to favorite films (The Lady Eve, The Seventh Seal, Spirit of the Beehive) and can be read as an homage to cinema and to a life spent in the company of grand illusions and magnificent obsessions, but it can also be read as a deconstruction of the grand illusions and magnificent obessions that drive people to make or spend their lives around art. Formally, the film resembles Altman's The Player in that Road to Nowhere is a story of an industry type who gets caught up in a real-world film noir. But tonally and thematically the film is a closer cousin to Hitchcock's Vertigo and an even closer cousin to David Lynch's Twin Peaks and Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive...films in which players try out alternative identities/realities and live in a kind of nowhere somewhere between fact and fiction.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Ligairi on January 14, 2013
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This film hit me like a ton of bricks. It was not at all what I was expecting. I had no idea going in that it was directed by the great Monte Hellman. It is an incredible achievement at this stage in his career. I don't know how this film was so overlooked by the press and for awards. It would have been among my top films of the year when it came out, had I not just caught up to it on DVD 2-3 years later. The film is a puzzle that doesn't need to be solved to be enjoyed and it is told with such ease that every moment is a pleasure. Effortless direction. Fascinating and well-creafted screenplay. Beautifully shot. Nice performances all around. Shannyn Sossamon really shows what she can do far beyond any of her work I've seen before. Plus, it is actually a fun watch, with mystery and thriller genre elements, and with an indie sensibility. Expert storytelling, overall.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tony Sac on March 26, 2012
Format: DVD
it's a b-movie about a low budget movie within a waste of two hours. I found the reviews trying to explain and praise this movie more entertaining than the film itself. Shannyn Sossamon's talent is wasted once again on inferior material and i'm sorry to say that whatever promise Dominique Swain showed is now merely a waste. The one star is for the Tom Russell songs. On a side note it seems that the word masterpiece, in describing motion pictures, is being overused and undervalued. Keep Watching.
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17 of 24 people found the following review helpful By John Levy on September 18, 2011
Format: DVD
It's about time American film got it's balls back. It's been rare to see an American film that didn't cater to idiots. Was lucky enough to see this film in the theater and now happily revisiting it. This movie within a movie, story within a story, rich with characters, doubles, and parallels revolves around a mystery within a mystery, making it, to quote the film, "The Film Noir of our dreams". I don't mean that in any plain terms.

Like many great moving pictures, it's easier to understand than explain. And one prefers not to explain it to themselves or others because 1.) the truth isn't what important. And 2.) If you need it explained to you then you need to look closer. You have likely been spoiled by the over expository movies of the last decade. The crime is simple. It's the intentions that are complicated. This applies to both the movie and it's characters and the viewer...

The script for this movie makes me feel like a jealous edged out lover of film and yet can't help but smile at wonderfully subtle pieces of humor and movie lore references. I'd pay hard cash to see this cast in just about anything. Faces and talents Hollywood is simply too malnourished to use more like Cliff De Young, Fabio Testi, and John Deihl.

This isn't a movie to zone out to. It's a movie to wake up the dormant cinephile to.

Would have loved some more DVD feature as I always enjoy Hellman's commentaries. Maybe someday we'll get a Criterion.

Bottom line: ROAD TO NOWHERE is a beautifully thoughtful and enigmatic return of a great director. Maybe one of his best. Definitely one of my TOP 5 favorite films of the year.

Monte Hellman is back. Now I can sleep better at night and stay awake in the theater.
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