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Virginia Madsen portrays the dead wife of a wealthy man who has hired Tommy Lee Jones (a barely-competent private eye), to get her to leave him alone. Jones plays along with the wealthy client, whom he assumes is a nut case, because he needs the work. As things develop, Jones starts to fall in love with Madsen.
Gotham is an extremely stylish detective/ghost story that includes Virginia Madsen's best acting performance. She should have won an Oscar for her performance here. Her piercing eye contact with the camera at the very end of the movie is both hypnotizing and electrifying. There are many other scenes that really take your breath away - like when she listens to a street musician sing "Danny Boy."
This movie gets my strongest recommendation. If you are a fan of Virginia Madsen, you MUST have this movie.
Tommy Lee Jones gives a great performance (when does he not) as Eddie Mallard. Eddie is a down-on-his-lucky, so-so gumshoe in the Sam Spade tradition. When a friend wants to be a client with the tale he wants Eddie to persuade his ex-wife Rachel Carlyle (sexy Virginia Madsen) to leave him alone, Eddie says yes. All in a days business. Well, problems soon become apparent that is "ex" wife was not an "ex" because his friend divorced her, but rather he killed her and then stole all her jewelry. When this fact comes to light, Eddie's client insists he still wants Eddie to convince Rachel to go away. Befuddled by his friends insistence he wants the dead woman to leave him alone, Eddie thinks, what the heck, easy money, eh? However, Rachel soon turns up and she hardly looks like a ghost. She is a very sexy bombshell. Soon Eddie is drawn into Rachel's web and into an affair.
It's done with a ton of symbolism that requires the viewer to watch this one a dozen times to catch all the little nuances. The moody atmospheric lensing adds to the teasing, tantalizing feel, with two strong performances by two very amazing actors. I have always adored Virginia Madsen. She is the epitome blonde bombshell, yet intelligence radiated, snapping from her eyes challenging you to dare call her a dumb blonde.Read more ›
I wonder how much idea Tommy Lee Jones and company had of just what they were enacting. Only as much as writer/producer/director, Lloyd Fonvielle, was able or willing to tell them. Siskel & Ebert, etc., totally missed the point. Why? Because people in our culture are not prepared for a movie whose plot/premise barely holds together as a tale of what occurs in the world but which, as an inner story, dream- or myth-like, works quite beautifully. (In that sense the movie's plot is rather like our lives!)
Your enjoyment/comprehension of this movie will be much enhanced if you have at least some familiarity with the Jungian Anima (I mean conceptually - we men all do experientally, although depressingly few know much about, or acknowledge, Her!). If you don't, I don't want to put you off. It will do quite nicely if a woman's image has - in whatever way - just devastated you, or some man you know, inside. I've never seen a movie where this is so graphically depicted. The decline and Fall. "How will I find you?" Eddie quaveringly asks. "Don't worry," she replies, with a smile that is simultaneously sweet and diabolical, "I'll find YOU." Oh, yes.
This movie is incredibly rich in symbols and insight, and really repays multiple viewings.Read more ›
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Excellent genre flick and one of Tommy Lee Jones unheralded performances. This is not "Citizen Kane" but it is an enjoyable romp that has some very well-written and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mark Trenor
Part Neo-Noir, part supernatural thriller and a dash of late 1980's late night cable programming - 'Gotham' is actually a clever little movie that is entertaining due greatly in... Read morePublished 9 months ago by deepbluevelvet
Worth watching - IMHO - only for seeing more of Madsen's body than we generally get to ogle. Other than that, dull writing, and it is painful to watch good actors trying to make... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Joseph L. Burke
Very dark, quirky movie. I saw it years ago, & was glad to find a copy so that my husband could watch it too.Published 17 months ago by Treva M.
Loved the movie, and the rendition of Oh Danny Boy. Can't find that audio track or atist anywhere though. Would love to buy it!Published 18 months ago by Paladin
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