Romeo is Bleeding 1994 PG-13 CC

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Sgt. Jack Grimaldi is a cop who wanted it bad and got it worse - he's fueled by desire. A veteran cop on loan to the Organized Crime Task Force, Jack watches other people for a living, but he is about to become the one who is watched.

Starring:
Gary Oldman, Wallace Wood
Runtime:
1 hour 50 minutes

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Romeo is Bleeding

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Peter Medak
Starring Gary Oldman, Wallace Wood
Supporting actors Juliette Lewis, David Proval, Will Patton, Gene Canfield, Larry Joshua, Michael Wincott, Lena Olin, William Duff-Griffin, James Cromwell, Paul Butler, Annabella Sciorra, Tony Sirico, Victoria Bastel, Katrina Rae, Joe Paparone, Owen Hollander, Neal Jones, Roy Scheider
Studio MGM
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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The characters in this film are real.
Thom. B
Gary Oldman ,Annibella Sciorra and Lena Olin were casted perfectly.
Dana Green
This movie will end making you say "wow".
"nicolissi"

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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Zarah Mayes-Horowitz on May 15, 2006
Format: DVD
Romeo is Bleeding could have been a quintessential new film noir classic. The plot line was thrilling, and Lena Olin was particularly mysterious and devious as the Russian hitwoman. Needless to say, Gary Oldman's performance was stellar as the duplicitous cop. However, the DVD version cuts a very crucial scene. I saw this movie at the theatre when it was released. There is a scene in which Gary Oldman shoots Lena Olin in the arm before putting her in handcuffs; instead of going to a hospital, they get into a fight. While he's driving, she's in the back seat of the car attacking him with the only weapons available to her at the time--her legs. Eventually Gary Oldman crashes his car, and Lena Olin runs away from him (handcuffed, no less),then, rather than go to a hospital, she retreats to her apartment where she cuts off her own arm with a power saw. This scene was brutally shocking, but it augmented the sinister dynamic of Lena Olin's character. More importanly, it explained how she became armless. This was the kind of scene that put the viewer on the edge of his seat anxiously awaiting the unfolding of the next event. Cutting that particular scene caused major incongruity because when Gary Oldman and Lena Olin crash the car, she fights with him and then runs away, hands cuffed behind her back, and at that point, the movie immediately cuts to a scene in which her arm is missing, with nothing in between--no explanation for the missing arm. Anyone who hasn't seen the movie before is going to be confused. The viewer will be left wondering what the heck happened to her arm. This will leave you very frustrated because for the remainder of the film you'll be wondering how she became an armless hitwoman. That was one scene that should not have ended up on the cutting floor. The film editors made a huge error in judgment.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By S. Hoffmann on December 29, 2001
Format: DVD
I am one of those people who have seen so many movies, and read so many books that I can usually figure out a plot line quite early on in any film. But this movie has so many unique twists, I was literally "on the edge of my seat" the first time I saw it. It's a wild ride as we watch Gary Oldman self-destruct as the corrupt, womanizing cop on the wrong side of the mob. Lena Olin's performance as the Russian assassin, is, simply, priceless. This is one of the very best "action" movies I've seen. I recommend it to Oldman fans, "cop 'n gangster" fans, or anybody who just likes a really good movie! And don't miss Roy
Scheider as a Don! I'm deliberately keeping my comments sparse,
because I don't want to give away ANYTHING about this movie to those of you who haven't seen it. Just see it!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Volunteer of America VINE VOICE on February 21, 2005
Format: DVD
Most of the aspects of this film have been well covered in the other reviews; Gary Oldman's character, etc. Although the plot is occasionally lacking in continuity, one can easily fill in the gaps. I did want to mention the extraordinarily atmospheric music by Mark Isham, especially the closing piece; where you can hear the groaning and moans of the film's demonic beings - Jack, a relatively ordinary soul, finding himself in a world peopled by devils in human form like Mona DeMarkoff and Don Falcone. Another point: Jack Grimaldi, Oldman's character, is the name of a famous circus clown; I wonder if that was intentional. The dreams, the Hole, Olin's insane laughter, the shots of the dead in the swimming pool and the FBI agents ("those Feds didn't come out too good...") sprayed by DeMarkoff sprawled in the bloodstained room as the light fixture swings back and forth, Nick Gazzara's "stank like a m*thaf***! Hahahahahahaha", Oldman's introduction at the Holiday Diner; for me, this film contains a great many moments that are extraordinarily atmospheric, poignant and original. And terrifying.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Zarah Mayes-Orowitz on February 17, 2005
Format: DVD
Romeo is Bleeding could have been a classic as a new film noir. The plot line was thrilling, and Lena Olin was particularly mysterious and devious as a Russian hitwoman. Needless to say, Gary Oldman's perfomance was stellar as the duplicitous cop. However, the DVD version cuts a very crucial scene. I saw this movie at the theatre when it was released. There is a scene in which, after Gary Oldman shoots Lena Olin in the arm, instead of going to a hospital, crashed his car, runs away from him (handcuffed, no less),then she cuts off her own arm. This scene was brutally shocking, but it augmented the sinister dynmaic of Lena Olin's character, and it explained how she became armless. Also this scene put the viewer on the edge of his seat anxiously awaiting subsequent scenes. Cutting this scene caused such incongruity because in the scene where Gary Oldman and Lena Oldman crash the car, she fights with him and then runs away, hands cuffed behind her back. The movie immediately cuts to a scene in which here arm is missing, with nothing in between--no explanation for the missing arm. Anyone who hasn't seen the movie before is going to be confused. The viewer will be left wondering what the heck happened to her arm. I have been unable to find the uncut version. If anybody out there knows where I can find one, please let me know. That was a bad scene to edit.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Craig Connell on April 20, 2006
Format: DVD
Probably everyone has one favorite movie that they consider "their own" because few, if any, of their friends share their admiration for it. Mine is this one. I just love this film.

It is only one out of over 5,000 movies have either rented or purchased that I watched back-to-back nights after seeing it for the first time. A dozen viewings later, It's still just as good, if not better. It is, start-to-finish, the most entertaining crime movie I have ever watched.

Being of fan of film noir, those wonderfully-narrated crime films of the '40s and '50s, Romeo Is Bleeding is right up my alley. I may be wrong but believe this whole film is simply a parody of the film noirs: an outrageous take on those movies with an over-the-top villain (Lena Olin, the most fascinating female I have ever come across on film), along with over-the-top characters, action scenes, dialog and narration. It's a wild, fun - albeit sick - ride, not to be taken seriously (which a lot of people did and then thought it was too goofy). Evidence of this film-noir spoof is in the dialog, with a number of fantastic dark-humor lines, many delivered by Olin. One has to see this a number of times to catch all the humor in here. Kudos to screenplay writer Hilary Henkin for her work.

Oldman is superb and its the glue that holds this unique story in tact. His narration, including the exaggerated inflection in his voice, is fantastic. I appreciate the American accent this British actor used, too. Olin, as Russian hit- woman Mona Demarkoff, she is one character I guarantee you will not ever forget. Roy Scheider, Annabella Sciorra, Juliette Lewis, Michael Wincott and others - cameos by Dennis Farina and Ron Perlman - all deliver great performances with lines that, well,....as I said, are outrageous.

If you love the old film noirs, please check this movie out and remember it's tongue-and-cheek.
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