Bright Angel

Bright Angel

Director: Michael Fields

Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Lili Taylor, Sam Shepard

     
 

This contemporary western stars Dermot Mulroney as a Montana teenager whose sanity is being eroded by his parent's domestic squabbles. Linking up with Lili Taylor, a Wyoming-bound transient with a checkered history, Mulroney embarks upon an odyssey of self-discovery. Unfortunately, he persists in crossing the paths of people even more emotionally disturbed than his… See more details below

Overview

This contemporary western stars Dermot Mulroney as a Montana teenager whose sanity is being eroded by his parent's domestic squabbles. Linking up with Lili Taylor, a Wyoming-bound transient with a checkered history, Mulroney embarks upon an odyssey of self-discovery. Unfortunately, he persists in crossing the paths of people even more emotionally disturbed than his mother and father. Adapted by Richard Ford from two of his short stories, Bright Angel is a film of short, pithy vignettes, handled with subtlety and sensitivity-at least until the unexpectedly brutal finale.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
With an outstanding pedigree -- acclaimed fiction writer Richard Ford adapts two of his stories for an outstanding cast of solid performers -- Bright Angel turns out to be a mild disappointment. Like Thomas McGuane and Jim Harrison, Ford loves to people the broad expanses of the West with damaged relationships and reckless behavior. Ford's style is to have his characters speak in semi-articulate aphorisms ("Being with is like being alone," says one man to a woman). In McGuane's best screen work, the wry comedy Rancho Deluxe, this kind of talk is endearingly wacky, but here, Ford can't make it work to illustrate his themes of dislocation and illusion. Ford's characters seem to be talking at rather than with each other, and to little effect. Of the performers, Dermot Mulroney, as the 18-year-old George, comes off best, but unfortunately, Lili Taylor, usually as reliable as the sunrise, affects a breathy delivery and her wayward Lucy remains opaque throughout the story. When she says to George, "Tell me something I might not know," and he replies, "I wish I could do that," you can feel the film slipping away. Shooting mostly around Billings, MT, cinematographer Elliot Davis captures the beauty of rolling fields and the sheltering sky, as well as the brutish imposition of oil wells and refineries on the landscape.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2011
UPC:
0883904243946
Original Release:
1991
Source:
Mgm Mod
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
56,216

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dermot Mulroney George Russell
Lili Taylor Lucy
Sam Shepard Jack Russell
Valerie Perrine Aileen Russell
Sheila McCarthy Nina
Bill Pullman Bob
Burt Young Art Falcone
Mary Kay Place Judy
Kevin Tighe Man
Delroy Lindo Harley
Benjamin Bratt Claude
Tom Connelly 1st Switchman
Fred Oakland Greyhound Ticket Agent
Dan Old Elk Reservation Policeman
Alex Bulltail Sherman
Tom Dixon Meat Locker Owner
Lyle N. Cusson Drunk
Myrna Wilken Barmaid
Ed Kraft 2nd Switchman
Joyce Rogers Proprietress
Julia Omvig Barmaid
Irving Jefferson Boxing Indian
Jacqueline R. Ziegler Jail Deputy
Tyde Kierney Detective
Will Patton Woody

Technical Credits
Michael Fields Director
Sue Baden-Powell Producer
Clement Barclay Editor
John Daly Executive Producer
Elliot Davis Cinematographer
Richard Ford Screenwriter
Derek Gibson Executive Producer
Marcia Hinds-Johnson Production Designer
Melody London Editor
Robert MacLean Producer
Karen Patch Costumes/Costume Designer
Stuart Regen Producer
Paige Simpson Producer
Christopher Young Score Composer

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