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Collaborator

2013

NR CC
4.1 out of 5 stars (15) IMDb 6.1/10

On a visit to his childhood home to look in on his mother, famous playwright Robert Longfellow (Martin Donovan) is taken hostage by Gus (David Morse), an ex-con neighbor he has avoided since he was a boy. As the drama unfolds on the cable news channels, the two men unexpectedly bond until the mood darkens and shots ring out.

Starring:
Martin Donovan, David Morse
Runtime:
1 hour, 27 minutes

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Martin Donovan
Starring Martin Donovan, David Morse
Supporting actors Olivia Williams, Melissa Auf der Maur, Eileen Ryan, Julian Richings, Katherine Helmond, Mark-Cameron Fraser, Phillip Palmer, Jim Pirri, David Rasche, Leslie Sykes, Mary B. Ward, Russell Yuen
Studio Entertainment One
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Engaging drama with compelling development of characters who are struggling with inner conflict. Accidentally discovered on Amazon and quite impressed. Well worth watching, if you enjoy interpersonal dynamics and glimpses into what lies behind society's conventional views of the highly successful and the abject failure.
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I stumbled upon this film purely by accident. I've liked Martin Donovan since I saw him in "The Opposite of Sex" and "Insomnia". David Morse has always been on my radar since his "St. Elsewhere" days and the underrated series "Hack". The beauty of "Collaborator" is it gains its momentum by keeping you guessing. Nothing about this film is predictable even if you know the setup. Donovan plays Robert, a slumping playwright visiting his mother in Los Angeles after a recent failure. Morse plays Gus, a loser whose done a stretch for manslaughter and now living with his elderly mother. Both were acquainted as children but really didn't have much to do with one another. One fateful night Gus comes over to where Robert is staying and asks him to party. After a little imbibing the police set up a dragnet at Gus' house because he shot and killed a liquor store clerk earlier that evening. They go over to Robert's mother's house and immediately Gus holds him hostage at gunpoint. As the minutes tick away the tension escalates between the leftist Robert and the redneck Gus. The great thing about this film is neither actor overplays their roles. Lesser actors would chew the scenery given the situation but Morse and Donovan are consummate pros and tactfully portray their characters. Kudos as well to Olivia Williams who plays a screen actress who may or may not have had a romantic past with the married Robert. This film was originally released in 2010 and only recently received a video release. "Collaborator" embodies the independent spirit of film and I recommend it wholeheartedly.
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This film catches your attention immediately with an interesting story of two men who go back in time as neighbors, live complete opposite lives, and decide to reunite after several years apart. When they meet once again, Gus who is now an ex-con and holds Robert hostage at gunpoint and so the Drama begins. The story is engaging, Acting Performance Superb with an insightful story of conflict. There are serious moments and Funny moments. I would watch again. Highly Recommended!
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First off, let me say that I think that David Morse is one of the most underrated actors working. Since winning me over with his stint on "St. Elsewhere," I've seen him develop into a reliable character actor that only rarely gets the recognition he deserves. Likewise, I'm a big fan of Martin Donovan. The king of understated deadpan, Donovan is always fascinating to watch! "Collaborator" is Donovan's debut as a feature film writer/director and it has some of the same offbeat humor that you might expect from its steely eyed star. Donovan has structured this work as an intimate chamber piece, very theatrical in nature. There isn't a lot of unnecessary frills in the staging or filming of "Collaborator," Donovan seems far more concerned with his words. And that's as it should be. Although there are peripheral characters and subplots, the heart of the movie unfolds like a tense two man show. Donovan goes toe to toe with Morse and that's where all the tension and drama develops, just from two men locked in close quarters.

Donovan plays a famous playwright on a critical decline. Fleeing to his mother's Los Angeles area home after a recent debacle, he just want to stay out of the media firestorm. In Los Angeles, he tests the waters with some career options, reconnects with a former flame (Olivia Williams) despite being married, and meets an old neighborhood acquaintance (Morse). Morse is troubled and volatile, and his desire to have a drink with his successful friend pushes the two into a tense standoff. A friendly refreshment soon morphs into a full fledged hostage situation. The two men will, ultimately, get the other to confront the inherent truths about their own lives and, in the process, come to understand their personal demons a little bit better as well.
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First off, let me say that I think that David Morse is one of the most underrated actors working. Since winning me over with his stint on "St. Elsewhere," I've seen him develop into a reliable character actor that only rarely gets the recognition he deserves. Likewise, I'm a big fan of Martin Donovan. The king of understated deadpan, Donovan is always fascinating to watch! "Collaborator" is Donovan's debut as a feature film writer/director and it has some of the same offbeat humor that you might expect from its steely eyed star. Donovan has structured this work as an intimate chamber piece, very theatrical in nature. There isn't a lot of unnecessary frills in the staging or filming of "Collaborator," Donovan seems far more concerned with his words. And that's as it should be. Although there are peripheral characters and subplots, the heart of the movie unfolds like a tense two man show. Donovan goes toe to toe with Morse and that's where all the tension and drama develops, just from two men locked in close quarters.

Donovan plays a famous playwright on a critical decline. Fleeing to his mother's Los Angeles area home after a recent debacle, he just want to stay out of the media firestorm. In Los Angeles, he tests the waters with some career options, reconnects with a former flame (Olivia Williams) despite being married, and meets an old neighborhood acquaintance (Morse). Morse is troubled and volatile, and his desire to have a drink with his successful friend pushes the two into a tense standoff. A friendly refreshment soon morphs into a full fledged hostage situation. The two men will, ultimately, get the other to confront the inherent truths about their own lives and, in the process, come to understand their personal demons a little bit better as well.
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