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4.46

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Red Rock West
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by Rob Gonsalves

"Entertaining early John Dall thriller."
5 stars

A forceful, witty film noir played almost straight.

Nicolas Cage is Michael Williams, a drifter and former Marine who shuffles into a Wyoming bar and is mistaken by its owner (J.T. Walsh) for a hit man. Director John Dall — who had back-to-back critical successes with this and The Last Seduction and then, sadly, sort of petered out — has so much fun with the baroque twists he and his cowriter (and brother) Rick set up that you may laugh out loud at some of them, even though they’re more nerve-wracking than funny — for instance, there’s a bit of business involving Cage, a truck, and a plank of wood that achieves the giddy precariousness of Hitchcock at his most fiendish.

Red Rock West had a checkered history: denied a theatrical release, it turned up on cable and video before a few savvy art-house theaters picked it up. Seeing it on video, I wished I’d made the effort to catch it with an appreciative midnight audience.

Terrific performances all around (the small cast includes Lara Flynn Boyle, Dennis Hopper, and Dwight Yoakam), especially J.T. Walsh, who was taken from us too soon.

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User Comments

5/17/10 mr.mike Very well done 4 stars
3/14/10 PAUL SHORTT ENTERTAINING, BLACKLY COMIC THRILLER, CRAMMED WITH TWISTS, TURNS AND SUSPENSE 3 stars
9/06/09 Ali Enjoyable, if loophole-laden modern noir. Boyle is NO sour note, classic femme fatale. 4 stars
4/03/09 Dane Youssef A modern mix of action, thriller, western, drama and film noir. West is the next Scorsese. 5 stars
2/12/07 William Goss Modest noir has solid performances, pacing in its favor. 4 stars
7/12/03 R.W. Welch Ingenious, if improbable, plot line with solid acting. 4 stars
7/11/03 Jack Sommersby Whoppingly implausible, yet it's suspenseful & entertaining. Boyle only sour note in cast. 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  02-May-1994 (R)

UK
  N/A

Australia
  18-Nov-1993


Directed by
  John Dahl

Written by
  John Dahl
  Rick Dahl

Cast
  Nicolas Cage
  Lara Flynn Boyle
  Dennis Hopper
  J.T. Walsh
  Dwight Yoakam
  Robert Apel



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