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Closet Land [VHS]

4.4 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews


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Product Details

  • Actors: Madeleine Stowe, Alan Rickman
  • Directors: Radha Bharadwaj
  • Writers: Radha Bharadwaj
  • Producers: Brian Grazer, Janet Meyers, Karen Koch, Ron Howard
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Fox Video
  • VHS Release Date: September 12, 1991
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302135397
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,754 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Indian-born, American-educated director Radha Bharadwaj based her allegorical thriller on the work of her husband with Amnesty International. The story concerns The Woman (Madeleine Stowe), a children's book writer who, in an unspecified country, is abducted from her bed in the middle of the night and imprisoned for writing subversive literature. She declares her books to be pure fantasies, but her well-dressed inquisitor The Man (Alan Rickman) sees the books as allegorical attacks on the State. In the form of a long dialogue between The Man and The Woman, The Man, through psychological and physical torture, attempts to get The Woman to confess. But The Woman endures, refusing to buckle under to The Man's relentless interrogation.

Customer Reviews

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By A Customer on February 16, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
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Oh, yes, the movie. This movie is very, very emotional. It's about a gvmt. interrogator who accuses a writer of children's books of putting political propoganda in her books. LOTS of madness ensues. There are only two people in this movie, Alan Rickman (Interrogator) and Madeline Stowe (Victim). The Interrogator tries to break the Victim into admitting that she's putting political stuff in her books throughout the whole movie. Now, this may sound like boring suff, but the script and the acting and the story is so superb that the one and a half hours actually goes by quickly, with the viewer wanting to watch more.
Alan Rickman does an Oscar caliber job as the Interrogator. At first, he's calm and "kind" to the Victim; soon, he starts to break down. The scene where the Interrogator pretends to be two people at once shows SHEER ACTING TALENT.
Madeline Stowe is equally good as the victim, and the monologue she does inside the closet toward the end of the film was so well done the viewer could visualize everything she was talking about, and it's as if you were there.
However, this movie is very disturbing, with scenes of violence, and references to rape and abuse. It's one intense ride from beginning to end. This is psychological drama to the max, and it's deeply though provoking, disturbing, and talent-filled.
Don't miss your chance to get this movie! Or else, you probably will never see it again, except on obscure websites, selling for fifty bucks. Which is still worth it, but take the chance to get it on Amazon... while you still can.
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I watched this film with 3 guys of the terminator persuation. I asked them to try something different and see what they thought. If it Stank, we could always watch something mindless that explodes alot. We turned out the light and started the movie... Not a single peep from any of them until the end of the film. Suddenly, intellectual discussion spontaneously erupted from these otherwise shallow people...I was astounded. They found the movie enlightening and interesting and disturbing at the same time. Note: there are only two people in the entire film? This should have been on stage. Rickman was amazing and Stowe was a bright shining star.

Highly recommend as a change of pace...Topic is an adult one, I would say no children under 15.
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By A Customer on July 1, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I watched this movie in the theatre when it came out in 1991. I was a senior in high school and was mezmorized and intrigued by the film. Two actors in basically one room through the entire film. I wasn't thrilled about my friends choice to go see it, however I walked away knowing I would never forget seeing this movie.
Worth five times the money to purchase it. It's not a film with a million budget so it will probably vanish in the near future. SAD because it is some of the best acting I've seen.
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The first time I saw this film I was repulsed and blown away by the brutality endured by the female prisoner. On repeated viewings I have been blown away by the subtle changes in each character.The acting in this two-person story is first-rate. Alan Rickman brings many layers of complexity to his character, the interrogator, who is as profoundly changed by the experience as is the prisoner. Although the story and subject matter are difficult to view, the acting is so fine that I find myself drawn back to the VCR and the tape for one more look. I have one question: Why didn't Rickman get an Oscar for this tour de force performance?
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Format: DVD
do you like to be afraid? So afraid that your own shadow can make you jump? Do you have a certain level of paranoia built in that will not allow you to turn a corner without first looking.

are you the type who must watch a film to KEEP from thinking? Are you always looking for pure entertainment?

If you answered yes to any of that- be careful of watching this film. It is perhaps the single most dramatic piece either actour will ever attempt on film. It is enough to scare the daylights out of the sane and confirm the cruelty of the world to the unbalanced.

I will not tell you the story line. I will tell you that it will leave you sitting in silence, contemplating the entirity of the film. and never again will you look upon human rights violations with the same disconnection. We in the US live in relative safety from our governmental types. Most of the world does not.

Sleep tight.
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This is a very powerful, moving and skillfully written and acted film. The above mentioned reviewer is most likely a product of the MTV generation of fast takes and shallow dialog. Often times movies that are panned by the 'common folk', are done so, because they watch movies for pure entertainment and have no appreciation for what goes into the craft of direction, dialog and overall film making.
This movie will not leave you with a 'good' feeling, but at least it will leave you with a profound impact.
No, it may not mirror true reality, but what film actually does completely.
I rented this movie years ago, (I do confess to wanting to see the lovely Madeline Stowe and the versatile actor Rickman) but was quickly absorbed into its depth and power.
Watch it in a quiet room with little distraction and I assure you; you will be moved.
and contrary to the earlier reviewers comments: I am not an actor, and I REALLY doubt the reviewer's belief in most of the viewers analysis of other reviewers. I give the film 5 stars to negate an otherwise insulting and innacurate portrayal of this wonderful movie.
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