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Story

If Wim Wenders falls prey to overambition in this sprawling story of identity, conscience, and voyeurism in modern Los Angeles, it pays off in a richness absent from so many of Hollywood's safe, sterile films. Bill Pullman is the ostensible hero, a Roger Corman-like producer abruptly kidnapped by a pair of dim thugs who prepare to kill him in the shadow of the L.A. freeway. Gabriel Byrne watches, powerless, from on high, a meek Big Brother wired up through surveillance cameras hidden throughout the city. When Pullman disappears into the faceless population of L.A., adopted by a family of Hispanic gardeners, he begins his own covert investigation in parallel with the official inquiry conducted by movie-buff cop Loren Dean. Ostensibly a thriller, the film has little onscreen violence, but shadowy threats prowl around the edges, and echoes of unseen murders permeate the picture. The narrative is a tangle, neglecting characters and leaving the vast conspiracy more a suggestion than a fully conceived plot, possibly the victim of last-minute reworking after a disastrous showing at Cannes. But Wenders's unerring eye for image and color creates a stunning, often startlingly beautiful film of unsettling menace and haunting mystery, and his generosity of character fills this world with vivid personalities. Cult director Sam Fuller and character actor Henry Silva have small roles, and Traci Lind costars as a young stuntwoman with ambitions of an acting career. As always, Ry Cooder's score is superb. --Sean Axmaker

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Widescreen
  • Closed-captioned

Cast

Traci LindCat
Rosalind ChaoClaire
Bill PullmanMike Max
Andie MacDowellPaige
K. Todd FreemanSix O One
Gabriel ByrneRay Bering
Chris DouridasTechnician
Pruitt Taylor VinceFrank Cray
John DiehlLowell Lewis
Soledad St. HilaireAnita
Nicole Ari ParkerAde
Daniel BenzaliBrice Phelps
Udo KierZoltan Kovacs
O-Lan JonesBarmaid

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Wim Wenders
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 122 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaSep 12, 1997
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 1, 2001
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