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Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves, Field of Dreams) and Madeleine Stowe (12 Monkeys, The Last of the Mohicans) ignite the screen in this deeply erotic and suspenseful thriller from the director of Top Gun and Crimson Tide. Costner stars as Michael J. Cochran, a former fighter pilot who finds himself irresistibly drawn to the beautiful wife of an old friend. Anthony Quinn (Lawrence of Arabia, The Guns of Navarone), in a powerful performance, co-stars as the husband who reacts with uncontrollablerage to the double betrayal. His brutal attack on the adulterous lovers sets into motion a terrifying cycle of retribution that cannot be stopped, making REVENGE an instant classic.


This often grisly, arguably racist movie stars Kevin Costner as a U.S. Navy pilot who is the improbable friend of a powerful, vaguely criminal Mexican millionaire (Anthony Quinn). While visiting the latter on his estate, Costner's character has an affair with his host's gorgeous young wife (Madeline Stowe), for which he is almost beaten to death and the wife mutilated and turned into a junkie prostitute (nice, eh?). The hero seeks retaliation, and you may want the same against director Tony Scott, who makes the navy sequences look like beefcake excerpts from his earlier hit film, Top Gun. However, if you can stand the garishness, then perhaps the extreme violence won't be too bothersome, either. But expect a rough time either way. --Tom Keogh

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  • Actors: Anthony Quinn, Sally Kirkland, Joe Santos, Kevin Costner, Madeleine Stowe
  • Directors: Tony Scott
  • Producers: Kevin Costner, Hunt Lowry, Stanley Rubin
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 1, 1998
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (306 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0767817729
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,585 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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I've never been able to understand the beef critics had with this movie. Yes, it's violent. Seeing Madeleine Stowe's character turned into a heroin-addicted prostitute is hard to watch. But does this make it a bad movie? Or is it bad because Costner's character seeks revenge, and offs some bad guys? I suspect that Stowe's character's fate has most to do with why this movie was so broadly panned. Much of this movie is brutal. Is this worse, though, than showing violence that doesn't seem to hurt? Gunfights in which the heroes get shot and just shake it off? I don't think so. The violence in this movie is brutal because the story demands it.
There isn't more to say, probably, than has already been said, but I found the narrative well-paced, the characters believeable, and the story compelling. The final confrontation was wholly plausible, and the right denouement for the film: both redemptive and logical given what we know about the characters.
This is a sadly underrated movie, one well-worth seeing.
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This has always been one of my favorite Costner films. Usually, director's cuts of films include omitted material, that expands on and enhances the original film. Tony Scott, the director, has now brought out a director's cut that is actually more than fifteen minutes shorter than the original. He has ruined the film.

It's not just that the film has been shortened, but new material, that obviously was left on the cutting room floor originally for a reason, has been reinserted, totally throwing off the rhythm of the film and, while perhaps making it "faster", has ruined much of the character development and added nothing. It's much worse.

Main change are:

* A scene where Costner arrives in Mexico and has a conversation with Tomas Milan, Quinn's #2 man, is shortened so that the animosity between Costner and Milan later on seems less logical.

* The scene of Quinn and Costner walking toward the tented dining table outside the house, just after their first tennis match has been shortened., Two key piece of character development have been cut. First, where Costner and Quinn talk about Quinn's tennis skills as they approach the tent, and Costner tells Quinn that Quinn "never concedes a point". The second, after Costner has given Quinn a leather flight jacket. One of Quinn's dogs grabs the jacket in his teeth, and Quinn ruthlessly grabs the dog by the collar and hurls it into the swimming pool, amply displaying Quinn's capacity for brutality.

* A scene with Anthony Quinn and Stowe, just after Costner arrives in Mexico, that helps explain Quinn's relationship to his wife and her place in his scheme of things has been cut.
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...Costner's character did not want to go down that road, but the lady of the house was beautiful and he couldn't help himself. Stowe wanted to remember what love felt like: she was being kept by the Latin aristocratic ancien regime
figure Anthony Quinn (in full Onassis mode), who loved her like a caged canary which is admired from outside the cage...
So, Costner, the pilot, and Stowe (the nearest thing this Mexican land has to Evita) plans The Getaway, The Tryst, The Tete-a-tete...and just when they feel the world couldn't be any more heavenly, WHAM! Quinn and his men beat Costner within inches to death, they shoot the dog, they slash Stowe's beautiful face in half and throw Costner out in the road somewhere and Stowe in the Bordello so any one with the price to have her, can have their way.
And that would've probably been the end of the story, except Costner had fallen for the lady which has made him lose so much.
He wants to find her and he wants to get in touch with these dirty rats who did this to them. And he goes thru hell and high water to get to that point.
This isn't exactly a quick-edit, fire and explosions action flick. It moves slow. In fact, some critics say it moves too slow. But mebbe them guys didn't get it. It's slow and gritty and dusty and muggy and foggy as those days in Mexico can get. It has some breath taking camera work of the Mexican country side and some equally effective shots of lowlife in Mexican border towns. There are scenes which make you feel like you should get up and take a shower, they are so musty and full of sweat. And there is so much about honor between men. And dishonor between men.
And, to me that's the point.
And, like in real life, in the end, the boy gets the girl, but at a great price.
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A story about uncontrollable passion and desire that forces two people to act upon impulses they know they should put aside---but they cannot control their true feelings, and act with reckless abandon.
Madelaine Stowe is the lovely lady in an unfulfilling marriage to Tibby Mendez (Anthony Quinn) that Jay, Costner's character, almost immediately falls in love with.
Tibby belongs to the Mexican underworld, probably a drug king-pin, and befriends Jay who saved Tibby's life in a hunting accident. When Tibby invites Jay to spend a few weeks at his estate in Mexico, he never imagined Jay would attempt to steal his lovely young wife.
This is a solid story, with strong characters, and fine acting all around. However, understand what this film is not. This is not a 'date movie', and not a 'happy' story, but it does indeed reflect real life, and how things do not always end up rosy in the end, or the way we want them. It simply tells a good story, something many films never seem to accomplish, and we get to come along for the ride.
Some have criticized the last part of the film as being tough to watch, but if that were a reason not to like a film, Braveheart would be 'unwatchable' as well.
This is a story that anyone who has ever felt an uncontrollable passion for someone else, will identify with. Costner's character feels this when he falls for Tibby's wife, and again when he must find her---at all costs---when he loses her.
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