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Track 29 (1988)

Gary Oldman , Christopher Lloyd , Nicolas Roeg  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gary Oldman, Christopher Lloyd, Theresa Russell, Sandra Bernhard
  • Directors: Nicolas Roeg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, 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)
  • DVD Release Date: February 21, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0064SVNHG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,113 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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George Harrison’s Handmade Films presents Track 29, starring Gary Oldman (Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy, Sid and Nancy), Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future, Taxi), and Theresa Russell (Wild Things). Distraught and dreamy Linda Henry (Russell) is unhappy with her sexless, childless marriage to surgeon Henry Henry (Lloyd). Desperate for a diversion, she is captivated when Martin (Oldman) suddenly drops in on Linda claiming to be the child she gave up for adoption after a teenage pregnancy. They spend time together trying to find a bond, but strange behaviors and bizarre events indicate that things aren’t as they seem. Is Martin really the son she gave up for adoption at birth or just figment of her imagination?

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film - poor quality DVD. May 14, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This meeting of writer Dennis Potter and filmmaker Nicolas Roeg is, as others have noted, nearly indescribable, surreal, outrageous, sometimes confusing but never boring. I don't think it gives anything away to say that Gary Oldman's character is a hallucination conjured by Theresa Russell's character (this is made clear in a bar scene fairly early in the film), which for me accounts for much of his bizarre and over-the-top acting - he's not supposed to be a real character so why should he act like one? She has imagined him and everything he does so he can do whatever she wants - he is an extension of her. There are some ways in which this film reminds me of Robert Altman's excellent and overlooked "Images" in that both films chart the emotional disintegration of the heroine and you are never sure in either film whether what you're seeing is real or not. If you enjoy Roeg films like "Bad Timing" and "Insignificance" you may like "Track 29" as well. If nothing else the film would be worth watching just for the glee on Sandra Bernhard's face as she spanks Christopher Lloyd's bare bottom with her rubber-gloved hands - she makes every film she's in something special. Now we get to my real reason for writing this review, to caution people about this DVD. This is my first experience with a made-to-order DVD and I'm not impressed. It is merely a copy of a videotape, you can see the old tracking static in the bottom portion of the screen from time to time. To say there are no special features is putting it lightly, there isn't even scene selection, which has become so ubiquitous that we don't notice it unless it is gone. Picture quality is bad as is sound, but it is watch-able and it is the only way I have found to get this wonderful and unusual film on DVD, other than a $25 Danish version. So the DVD gets one star while the movie itself gets four stars; good, but not great Roeg.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Starnge little ditty from The Roeg & Russell era. July 25, 2011
By Panda
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
This is a 1987 film about a bored alcoholic and metally

disturbed houswife from South Carolina named Linda(Theresa

Russell). She is trapped in a marriage to Henry(Christopher

Lloyed) who would rather play with his toy train hobby then make

love to her. Meanwhile Linda is haunted by flashbacks of her

teenage rape that produced a son and is disturbed by her regrets

of giving up her son for adoption. Ironically a man named Martin

(Gary Oldman)mysteriuolsy comes into her life & claims to be her

long lost son. However linda and her friend Arlanda(Collen Camp)

are the only one who can see Martin ???? The film is unlikable,

yet oddly facinating.The film also has a good casts, including

Sandra Bernhard. The ending of the movie has remained with me

for years. This movie is not for mainstream buffs, as it is

strange, campy and frustrating all rolled into one. The film was

direceted by legendary filmaker Nicholas Roeg(Don't look Now,The

Witches), who is known for strange and perverse filmaking.

Although this may not be one of Roegs best films, it is however

a thinkers film. Which is totally Roeg. Movie trivia alert.. The

film was produced by Beatle George Harrison "Hand Made Film"

Company. This was also one of Roeg & ex wife Theresa Russell's

last known Colaboration before "Cold Heaven" in 1990.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliantly Performed "Twisted Work of Art" ! April 28, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Of course, anything Dennis Potter writes is brilliant, and - Anything - anything at ALL - which stars the MAGNIFICENT Gary Oldman is worth 5 stars off the top... This is an off-beat drama concerning a lonely, beautiful house-wife, approaching madness, who believes the baby son she was forced to give up as a teenager has now come back to her. Oldman plays the boy, and gives the role such a plethora of emotions, his performance is VIRTUALLY startling.... This CAN be a BIT difficult to understand, and it is NOT for the viewer who wants mindless entertainment....this is a thinker's movie, and it is wonderful. Co-starring are Christopher Lloyd, who is ALWAYS an asset to a movie, and the delightful Sandra Berhard, who contributes wonderfully.
Don't buy the popcorn for this one, but DO sit back and enjoy it....!
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
Most people who watch this go away mumbling "where was the plot" it was there, buried, but there. I love this film. Then again, I'm a huge Oldman fan. This was one of his earlier performances and you can see the actor that was to come. His portrayal of Martin, an alcoholic's fantasy version of her long-lost son, is magnificent. He shifts from man to boy, lover to child brilliantly. I wish I could praise his co-stars as highly. Theresa Russell's stiff performance as the bored alcoholic housewife left me cold and, for my money, Christopher Lloyd and Sandra Bernhard could have been left out completely. The only reason to watch the film is Gary Oldman, but his performance makes it worth watching again and again...just keep the ffwd button close.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mother : you left me but I never left you ! November 2, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
The initial lines of this famous Lennon `s composition will be the clever device to develop an intriguing story where the love of a homeless guy and a strange twist of fate will make of him (Gary Oldman ) establish a fascinating erotic affair with Theresa Russell one of of the supreme femme fatale of the eighties .

As always Roeg surprises us with his challenging handle camera and shot angles .

Terrific cast and a well elaborated script make of that bizarre story a very hard to watch movie .
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the treasure I imagined
Even Oldman couldn't save this one . Never did figure out if he really was her kid. HIS HAIR WASN;T MESSED WITH, BUT WHY THE HAT?
Published 8 months ago by avid eye
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
The movie was delivered very promptly, and the DVD is in excellent condition. I enjoy watching it, although it took me a while to figure out the plot -- but that only makes in more... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Lloyd Stambaugh
5.0 out of 5 stars SO odd, but I like it
The movie is just so weird. Even in the end you're wondering if Gary Oldman's character is real or not. Psychologically messed up, but I can't stop watching.
Published 13 months ago by Amber Patton
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant movie and top-notch Gary Oldman!
If you love unusual, dream-driven flicks, then you'll be sure to love this little gem from director Nic Roeg. Gary Oldman and a great supporting cast shine in this one. Read more
Published 16 months ago by S. Wozniak
3.0 out of 5 stars Still not sure what happened... this odd and quirky comedy-drama. Is she his mother or not? Does he do something to her husband or does she just imagine it? Read more
Published on June 3, 2012 by Viva
With the well-deserved Best Actor Oscar© attention Gary Oldman is getting for TINKER TAILER SOLDIER SPY, it's fun to take a look at this forgotten 1987 Nicholas Roeg film that... Read more
Published on March 29, 2012 by Robin Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars What a gem!
Watching this film was a requirement for a class that I am taking on pschoanalysis and film. Not sure how I have missed viewing any of Nicolas Roeg's films until now, but I plan... Read more
Published on March 25, 2012 by Red's mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Track 29 VHS video a winner
When you buy a used VHS video, you never know what kind of shape it is in. The one I received was in as good condition as I could ever expect. Read more
Published on August 2, 2011 by R. Berkman
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual but entertaining story
I was glad to have the chance to view this movie. I regret that I had to get a VHS copy as that was the only type available and hope it will come to DVD soon. Read more
Published on December 12, 2009 by History Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT GARY OLDMAN !!!!!
This film is kind of fantastic and original. Gary Oldman is very very amazing.
I recommand it for the people are in love Gary Oldman.
Published on September 28, 2009 by Lovely
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