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Three Days of Rain (2003)

Erick Avari , Peter Falk , Michael Meredith  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Erick Avari, Peter Falk, Lyle Lovett, Don Meredith, Michael Santoro
  • Directors: Michael Meredith
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • 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: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Light/Radio London Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 9, 2007
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UAE7C2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,985 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Three Days of Rain is a compelling and thought provoking feature film inspired by six short stories from the great 19th century Russian writer, Anton Chekhov. Writer and Director Michael Meredith skillfully interweaves and adapts Chekhov’s masterpieces to tell the stories of a handful or ordinary residents in Cleveland, Ohio. The challenges life throws at them become even more difficult as they grapple with a three day rainstorm.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars worth watching April 19, 2010
Hmmm, my impression of Three Days of Rain is significantly different (and more positive) than most people. Actually, I'm surprised only three people have reviewed this film here on amazon. It seems like the kind of movie that should have become more popular.

I really loved what the writers were going for here- take a variety of storylines involving completely different people living in Cleveland, reveal to us their own personal problems and situations, let the story unravel slowly while allowing the viewers to "expect the unexpected", and don't expect *too* much of a brilliant ending.

I personally didn't mind the ending one bit. Yes, it could have been better, but who knows, maybe that's just my expectations being set too high- maybe all along the writers wanted to deliver something relatively simple and down to earth. After all, the rest of the film was simple and down to earth, why should the ending be any different?

Yes, there was really only one dramatic moment (which another reviewer had to go and spoil, unfortunately) and that was a VERY shocking moment indeed. The pace and relative calmness the entire movie had going up to this point did NOT prepare me for that disturbing moment involving a mother and a baby.

Another storyline, such as a husband and his wife arguing over whether they should have given food to a homeless man, were pretty good moments of storytelling. It really made me question what *I* would have done in that situation for example, and how I would have felt about it had I turned the guy down and just walked away.

The storyline involving a mentally challenged man working for his railroad company was very interesting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chekov meets Altman August 21, 2007
Terrific ensemble type film with four stories overlapping. Loved Peter Falk as the old drunk. A role he has waited his entire life to play. Also, the story about the girl watching her own baby is heart breaking to say the least.
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4.0 out of 5 stars sorry, no car chases April 4, 2011
Life is not always beautiful, and this movie is about as close to real life as people can stand to watch when they aren't personally involved. Is there perfect closure to the story lines? No, but I think they do have a certain 'the sun has risen on a brand new day' kind of feeling. Not that the new day will be perfect, but that life continues, and we are stronger for having lived through the bad times.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unsatisfying January 7, 2008
This review is for: Three Days of Rain (DVD)

One reviewer here said the film's four stories cry out for resolutions, and he's right: they absolutely do.

The endings of each of the four stories, set in Cleveland, Ohio, were called "Chekovian," I think, only because they completely disappointed and left you hanging. These were not slice-of-life stories; they were stories lacking full ingenuity -- or perhaps the film simply lacked sufficient financing.

Some of the scenes in some of the stories were implausible, nearly incoherent as realism, though all of them certainly were theatrical.

For example, the long-married couple who "suddenly" discovered one of them was not kind and unselfish while the other one was and perhaps was so foolishly and to a fault -- wasn't a believable storyline. Couples like these two would have known each other's flaws long, long ago. For these two to have suddenly discovered they were polar opposites of each other was ridiculous.

Or the story of the divorced tile maker who was behind on his rent for three months (!) and had a leaking roof that made the rain destroy all of his tiles, thus plunging him into a desperate, no-holds-barred drive for money. This scenario would be plausible for, say, a teenager who was just learning responsibility, but for a grown adult, who knew what married life was, had had his own trade, and had bills to pay was beyond real. Had despair over his broken marriage led his to this disgrace? The script gives no clue.

I'll skip entirely commenting on the story about the black railroad workers and the white, mentally challenged janitor. The story led nowhere and wasn't even comprehensibly plotted.
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