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Littered with eccentric gangsters and thugs, Rain City serves as almost a side street to human evolution. At the center of it all is Wandas, a dive diner run by Hawks ex (Genevieve Bujold), where the characters lives will intersect, changing them forever.
Written and directed by Alan Rudolph, Trouble In Mind is set somewhere in the future and the past of countless classic film noirs, creating a completely realized neo-noir masterpiece. Feature has been newly restored from original film elements.
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This is one of a trilogy of movies Rudolph directed when he was "hot", just after he had developed his own style, apart from Robert Altman, his mentor. "Choose Me" and "The Moderns" were the other two. (To appreciate the difference that eventually set the two apart, rent Rudolph's "Welcome To L.A", which could have EASILY been an Altman movie, and compare it to any one of these three.) Unfortunately, since these three movies, Rudolph hasn't done much that could be considered landmark, with the exception of "Mrs. Parker and The Vicious Circle". A damned shame, really.
The story centers around Kris Kristofferson, starring in one of his few really good movies, as a disgraced cop who gets paroled back into Seattle society after serving time for murdering a crime lord for harassing an old flame of his, Wanda, played by Genevieve Bujold, whom he reunites with after he gets out. Wanda owns a popular diner haunted by weirdos and hangers-on over which Kristofferson takes an apartment she offers to him out of gratitude. Into this mix comes Coop, played by Keith Carradine, a young married with the requisite financial problems all working class young marrieds face: New baby, new expenses, a wife to support....Read more ›
Hawk's just been let out of the slammer and makes his way to his old flame's place, Wanda's Cafe. Genevieve Bujold is the owner and while Love at Large made fun of chemistry between characters, thereby spoiling any magnetism it could have had, Trouble in Mind plays it straight and so the viewer feels it when Hawk and Wanda are together.
But Wanda ultimately drops Hawk; he's the past she doesn't want to continue with. Meanwhile, Keith Carradine and Lori Singer as a young couple struggling in a country shack, move to the city after Coop (Carradine) swipes some money from an open safe at a place that won't hire him. Coop falls in with the wrong crowd, initially typified by Joe Morton in a great performance as Solo, the kind of fast-talking nervous street crime guy always looking for somebody to lean on, who finds it in Coop. The two form an unlikely team focused on stealing jewelry.
Circumstances bring Hawk and Georgia, Coop's wife, together after Coop undergoes a radical change in hairstyle, clothing, and taste in women. The bad guys, played by Divine and Dirk Blocker sporting a ridiculous wig and a phony growly voice (Hilly Blue and Rambo, respectively), make things tough for Coop and Hawk both.Read more ›
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This is one of a kind, a great under-appreciated movie that you will watch multiple times. Weird and quirky, it defies explanation. Just enjoy it. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Erstwhile
The closer a work gets to greatness but misses, the worse the result will seem. Trouble In Mind fits the bill. The tone is uneven--is it serious, self-parodying, satirical? Read morePublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
Watched because I am a Kris Kristofferson fan and was interested to see what type of movie this was after reading some reviews about it, but came away surprised that it had a... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Katey
A terrific movie by Alan Rudolf, a disciple of the great Robert Altman. Watch for the transformation of the character portrayed by Keith Carradine.Published 8 months ago by Dakotaguy
Great Noir movie filmed in Seattle in the mid '80's, cleverly disguising the city landscape with great camera angles. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jeff Reynolds
Having moved to Seattle in 1985 this film has strong sentimental value for me. This film captures the feel of The city at that time perfectly. Read morePublished 13 months ago by angie minchew
Slow-moving arty comedy-drama which eventually leads nowhere. Good performances, but basically pointless.Published 15 months ago by David L. Hartzog
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