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He Was a Quiet Man (2007)

William H. Macy , Elisha Cuthbert , Frank A. Cappello  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William H. Macy, Elisha Cuthbert, Christian Slater
  • Directors: Frank A. Cappello
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: January 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YDBP3O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,464 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Bob Maconel (Christian Slater) endures another eight hours in a dull grey cubicle. Ignored by his co-workers, Bob feels completely invisible and out of sync with the world. On one strange day he crosses the line from potential killer to inadvertent hero when he saves beautiful Venessa (Elisha Cuthbert). His Boss (William H. Macy) transforms Bob into a new man but his good fortune is short lived when the Object of his Desire asks him to end her life.

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45 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Christian Slater tour-de-force February 5, 2008
Format:DVD
Count me as one of those that really admire (most) of this film.

My disappointments: I don't like the fire hose volume of profanity and don't believe it represents real life as much as those justifying it want to pretend it does. And there is one rather disturbing sex scene that could have been handled differently to make the same point. These kinds of scenes aren't "real" and certainly can't compete with movies made to arouse. So, why have them?

Christian Slater is terrific as the deeply disturbed Bob Maconel. He is a cipher and used as an office whipping boy by a couple of low-level low-quality bullies passing for managers. Like many office drones, he dreams about a woman at the office. His dreamgirl is named Vanessa who notices the ceramic bobble hula girl he keeps on his cubicle, but she is too absorbed in her blazing rocket of a career to even pay attention to real people in anything but a passing manner. But she has a smile that lights up a room, as the movie keeps noting.

Bob takes his lunch on a spot where he has a view of the company skyscraper and has a little plastic box with a button so he can fantasize blowing the building to kingdom come. More disturbingly, he has a real gun with real bullets that he ritualistically loads by naming who each bullet is for. But he hasn't been able to bring himself to pull the trigger. During one performance of his rite he drops a bullet and while he is on the floor a gun is fired and people start dropping while others scream. An old man has carried out Bob's fantasy and they strike up a conversation that ends up with Bob emptying his gun in the old man.
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31 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Serendipity in a Chaotic World February 4, 2008
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HE WAS A QUIET MAN echoes the all too familiar news item of irrational killings in public places - here, in this country, by seemingly 'normal indistinguishable people'. Writer/director Frank A. Cappello has a good grasp on his subject matter and probably intended the rather slow movement of the film to underline the 'ordinary' situations that in a flash become extraordinary. And he has a fine cast to demonstrate his thoughts.

Bob Maconel (Christian Slater in fine distorting makeup) is a nerd, an ordinary geek who checks numbers form his sterile cubicle in a massive corporation, heckled by the 'fast guys' like Scott Harper (Jamison Jones). He loathes his life, his crumby house and unkempt lawn, and most of all the loathes the people with whom he works - except for one Vanessa (Elisha Cuthbert) who has a 'smile that lights up a room', but pays no attention to the geeky Bob. Bob is deranged, talks to his goldfish at home (and they answer back!), and plans to kill the most offensive of his fellow workers. But in the adjacent cubicle there is a like mind who beats him to the show and one morning opens fire killing five people and wounding Vanessa with a bullet to her spine that leaves her paralyzed: Bob serendipitously uses his own gun to kill the assailant and becomes a hero for the corporation.

Though Bob is unchanged in appearance or outlook he is elevated to VP of Creative Thinking under the head boss Gene Shelby (William H. Macy). He visits Vanessa in the hospital, suffers her tantrum at being a quadriplegic, but finally is called back to her bedside and sweet-talked into being her hero life-saving guardian - and more.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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This movie wasn't bad for a Slater film. "He Was A Quiet Man" (the title refers to those comments by neighbours, after they discover that kindly Mr Jones at number 23 was actually an axe murderer) is the role of a lifetime for Christian Slater, who almost disappears into his character. It's hard to believe that this watery-eyed dork is Clarence from True Romance. Bob is quite possibly the most ineffectual man you could wish to meet - he just lacks a cruel mother to make the picture complete.

And yet Bob actually isn't, in the world of the film, any worse that the dreadful people who surround him. It's an excoriating portrait of corporate culture; happy hour at the bar over the road, a few rounds at the driving range at the weekend, pointless, demeaning work. The film is no gentler on the treatment of the disabled. In particularly when Vanessa returns to the office in her wheelchair, her former colleagues talk down to her as if she was a toddler. Director Frank A Cappello frames the film to exaggerate Bob's sense of alienation in the world. Bob trudges slowly out to lunch as speeded up cars roar past him. He is often shot in extreme close-up, sweating, with a particularly attractive pimple glowing on his forehead.

In the end, though, the film fails to say anything terribly original about alienation and the modern world, other than that it's enough to drive some people crazy. And I think we knew that. A moderately entertaining oddity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slater's stunning performance February 5, 2010
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Format:DVD
Christian Slater takes on the role of the bullied office worker hopelessly infatuated with a young female colleague. His boss is verbally abusive, his colleagues remote and his personal life lonely. Other than his pet fish and TV he has no other activities once he leaves his miserable office. Even his next door neighbors are hostile.

This film is a cross between many movies we have seen in not so recent past. I keep thinking about "The Machinist" film about a man who is so delusional that he is unable to distingish his thoughts from reality. In this role, Slater brings performance that is absolutely amazing. Even his physical appearance makes him a whole new persona. I was mesmerized by the film but the ending left me wondering. That is until I saw film extras and realized that director himself had difficulty deciding on the ending. There were three alternate endings.

Performance and story are compelling. Fans of the actor William H. Macy will be delighted too. While this film may not have a mass appeal of box office smash, it is definitely worth watching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars what a movie for this day and age
I bought this movie because Randolph Mantooth is in it, and am I glad I did, not only were the actors brilliant, the story line is being played out so much in our society. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marilyn Thacker
5.0 out of 5 stars Elisha Cuthbert
Bob Makonelya as usual lousy day. The next eight o'clock vegetating in a dull gray office, ignoring all the usual staff ... It's gone. It does not exist. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Konstantin
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting show
I really enjoyed this show, it kept me entertained throughout with an unexpected twist and the end. I would recommend it to anyone who doesn't insist on only watching movies that... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Timothy
5.0 out of 5 stars Really unusual and I wasn't expecting the effect it had on me.
I started this one with a bit of skepticism. I mean, here is Christian Slater, the handsome devil from the nineties who played spooky and romantic roles with equal ease. Read more
Published 17 months ago by ArtemisOfLight
3.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing!
I found this story to be disturbing. One never knows what goes on in the mind of a quiet person.
Published 19 months ago by B. Josey
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie was as described
The DVD arrived in good condition. The movie had nice twists to the story. I don't want to give away any of the story line. I liked fight club too. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Fred
1.0 out of 5 stars the worst
This has to be one of the worst movies ever made . Even with fast forward it took to long . It was one of those movies that was made just to give people a job.
Published on June 13, 2012 by D. Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars Low budget movie, but quality story.
Recently saw it on netflix. Surprisingly good story and characters, particularly Christian Slater's character and his love interest. Read more
Published on June 12, 2012 by ateo
5.0 out of 5 stars Christian Slater???
All 5 stars! What a fantastic alternate role for a great actor. Christian Slater blew me away...never would have known it was him based on previous acting performances. Read more
Published on November 14, 2011 by PR GUY
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie made better by Slater
I have always appreciated Christian Slater, growing up in the Heathers generation and always appreciating his stereotyped role of arrogant teenage angst from that movie to Robin... Read more
Published on September 26, 2011 by J.P. Cain
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