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Jeff Bridges may be the American film actor with the most unseen great performances to his credit. Near the top of the list of Bridges's most overlooked films is this one, the first fiction film by documentary maker Martin Bell (Streetwise). Bridges plays Jack, an ex-con fresh out of prison and back in Seattle, where he is joined by Nick (Edward Furlong), a teenage son he barely knows. Nick wants nothing more than to spend time with Jack, to feel like a family. But Jack can barely cope with the concept of holding a job and staying out of trouble; he can hardly take care of himself, let alone be responsible for a teenager. Bell shows the toll on both as they slowly develop a bond and, after several false starts, learn to trust and care for each other. Bridges is magnificent as this loner who must learn to trust feelings he'd given up on years before. It's an involving and tragic tale. --Marshall Fine

Cast

Jeff BridgesJack Kelson
Edward FurlongNick Kelson
Jayne EntwistleMonique
Don HarveyRainey
Lucinda JenneyCharlotte
Loyd CatlettVernon the Bartender
Marcus ChongTerry Cosmos
Margaret WelshFreddie

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Martin Bell
  • Producer: Artisan
  • Length: 113 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMay 7, 1993
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 18, 2003
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