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From Sydney Pollack, the Academy Award-winning producer and director of Out of Africa, comes this passionate romantic thriller with a stellar cast. Dutch Van Den Broeck (Harrison Ford) plays an Internal Affairs sergeant who becomes entangled with , Kay Chandler (Kristin Scott Thomas) a high-powered Congresswoman when an airplane crash kills both their spouses. Dutch soon discovers that it was more than coincidence that had their spouses on the same plane— it was an affair. Details of the affair anger Kay, who is determined to protect both her daughter and her political career. As the story unfolds, she finds herself unable to resist being drawn into Dutch's investigation, and the passion they find in each other brings about the most unexpected discovery of all.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.3 x 0.35 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Item model number : 16030692
- Director : Sydney Pollack
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 12 minutes
- Release date : March 22, 2011
- Actors : Harrison Ford, Kristin Scott Thomas, Bonnie Hunt, Charles S. Dutton
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Studio : Image Entertainment
- ASIN : B004FGA2LC
- Number of discs : 1
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Harrison Ford was the Sargent for Internal Affairs in Washington D.C. and Kristen Scott Thomas, and Sidney Pollack Campaign Manager
for Kristen Scott Thomas whom was running for U.S. Congress (her husband, Peter Coyoto - Cullen Chandler) Sydney Pollack was the director for this film and also was the actor playing the role of Kate Chandler - Kristen Scott Thomas - running for the role of U.S. Congresswoman. Harrison ford was totally obsessed over the death and infidelity of his deceased wife and also tried having an affair with kristin Scott Thomas's character to overcome the pain that they both were involved in. Both spouse were killed on a plane crash from Washington, D.C. to Miami, Florida and had been seening each other for quite some time. These storylines are tiredsome. DLWC, Napervillie, IL USA
Sydney Pollack's work seems to be well cast in both its primary and secondary roles. I'm a fan of most all these people. Harrison Ford is "Dutch" Van Den Broeck, a D.C. police sergeant with Internal Affairs. Kristin Scott Thomas is New Hampshire Congresswoman Kay Chandler. Charlie Dutton, Dennis Haysbert, Richard Jenkins, and Mr Pollack himself fill a few of the lesser and -- except for maybe Dutton as Alcee-mainly disinteresting roles. Outside of Alcee and Kay, it was difficult to care about anyone in this film.
Despite the beautiful color, this is a film noir after the style of the 30s-50s. It does have more action and outdoor sequences which really require the color but, with some judicious re-writing, this could have been a brilliant piece in Black and White. The darkness of it all is emphasized by the arcane Jazz undertones in the musical score.
Van Den Broeck's wife and Chandler's husband are killed in a plane crash. Apparently, they were on their way to Miami together and had probably done this before. There are more questions than answers as Dutch and Kay deal with the shock of their respective spouse's deaths. They contort emotionally with stunned, angry and hurt feelings within as they slowly unravel the affair.
Both principals look for answers in their own way. Kay wants to drop it, forget it and move on, hopefully protecting her daughter and the dignity of her office along the way. Dutch would like to know more about the dead couple: how they met, their plans, their secretive interest in the Tango, etc.
There are sub-plots that, for me, totally got in the way. The police story seems pointless but I suppose that it's necessary to balance with the equally banal re-election race. Both provide context and perhaps help to move the action along. Maybe they are also supposed to remind us that life continues, however roughed-up we might be.
There are three lines that I find particularly significant. Two are made by Kay, the first when she goes to be with Dutch at his cabin on the inlet just off Chesapeake Bay:
"I'm not going to make any small talk, `cause I don't want there to be junk between us."
The second after Dutch is shot by a rogue cop (Haysbert) and lies in Hospital recovering:
"We did OK Dutch. We did the best we could under the circumstances."
The third line belongs to Dutch and is addressed to Kay earlier in the film:
"What's the last thing that you remember about you and your husband that you know was true?"
Lines don't have to be magisterial to be meaningful. These are minimal but quite good. There are some others as well. (I'm also partial to "Don't! Just Drive.")
I know the movie ran a bit long but I think there should have been more footage in the forest. It was so lovely.
After consultation with myself, Two Stars. It would have been Three if he'd gotten the girl.
Russell de Ville
14 April 2006
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Harrison Ford is disturbingly, self-revealingly good. Kristin Scott-Thomas is always good. Their cold, understated earlier conversations are first class I think and the opening situation (and scenes) will haunt you for the rest of the film, maybe longer.
The film opens with shots of an empty bedroom, (2 wine glasses and a bottle placed deliberately in the foreground) and a phone message from an unidentified man leaving a message for someone who presumably might have been occupying the bed! The storyline moves fairly fast and you need to be concentrating as both the police sergeant (Harrison Ford), and those viewing the film, start putting the pieces together to make a coherent jigsaw picture of love, marriage, betrayal and the lies that always go with betrayal.
Good performances from both major and minor characters.
The weakest part of the film is the sergeant's work with a rather muddled and contrived plot here and therefore if the rating allowed half-stars it would have got four and a half rather than five! Otherwise, excellent: settle down with your own bottle of wine and enjoy.