Hole in One

A Hole in One

Director: Richard Ledes

Cast: Michelle Williams, Meat Loaf, Tim Guinee

     
 
A Hole in One is set in 1950s America. Anna (Michelle Williams), a passive young woman living in a small town, where she is betrothed to a powerful local hoodlum, Billy (Meat Loaf Aday), is searching for a key to her unhappiness. Her younger brother came home from the World War II a different man, and was subjected to shock treatments in a mental hospital

Overview

A Hole in One is set in 1950s America. Anna (Michelle Williams), a passive young woman living in a small town, where she is betrothed to a powerful local hoodlum, Billy (Meat Loaf Aday), is searching for a key to her unhappiness. Her younger brother came home from the World War II a different man, and was subjected to shock treatments in a mental hospital before his untimely death. Dr. Harold Ashton (Bill Raymond) has been selling his new book, intended to advance the cause of a new scientific "advancement" in psychiatric care, the transorbital lobotomy. Ashton promotes this procedure, done with an ice pick that he keeps tucked in his vest, as a cure for all kinds of mental illness, major and minor. After witnessing Billy commit a brutal murder, Anna reads a Life Magazine article on lobotomies, and soon decides that the procedure is right for her. She asks Billy for his permission. Billy, concerned about Anna's ability to function, convinces Tom (Tim Guinee), one of his employees, to pose as a doctor so he can tell Anna that she doesn't need a lobotomy. But when the two meet, they quickly find that they have a connection that will put their lives in imminent danger. A Hole in One marks the feature debut of writer/director Richard Ledes. The film had its world premiere at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Richard Ledes' A Hole in One is a profoundly odd, intriguingly quirky little slice of Americana. The film is strangely mellow, thanks in part to its passive, numbly depressive heroine, Anna, played by Michelle Williams. Williams is an engaging and underappreciated performer, and Anna's off-putting lack of affect is somewhat ameliorated, in terms of maintaining audience sympathy, by the star's subtle appeal. Her graceful performance and excellent work from most of the supporting cast (particularly Tim Guinee, Bill Raymond, and Wendell Pierce), lend emotional grounding to the film, which occasionally borders on weirdness for its own sake. With its quirky, darkly satirical exposure of the dark underbelly of a seemingly wholesome American suburb, the film evokes Blue Velvet, so perhaps Meat Loaf Aday's egregiously over-the-top performance as the film's hot-tempered villain is some kind of misguided homage to Dennis Hopper as Frank Booth. Aday's Billy, the local gangster who holds Anna in some kind of unexplained sway, is the one off note in the film's otherwise remarkably consistent, creepily comic tone. Ledes' assurance, as both screenwriter and director, is justified by the film's pungent thematic concerns, as it examines a distinctly American penchant for quick fixes (in the film's example, for mental illness) that often cause more damage than the ailments they purport to cure. Perhaps Ledes tries to do too much, and, in part due to Aday's jarring performance, the film doesn't quite cohere. But from the opening titles, with their jangling ice-pick imagery, the film builds an appropriate sense of needling uneasiness that sporadically rises to the surface in horrific imagery. While Williams and Guinee provide an eleventh-hour romantic interest, Ledes' sardonic wit delivers a welcome jolt straight to the brain.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/27/2005
UPC:
0720917547725
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Lorber
Time:
1:37:00

Special Features

4x3 letterbox presentation; 5.1 mix ; Director commentary; Filmographies; Bonus documentary; The Gate of Heaven; Theatrical trailer; Trailer gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michelle Williams Anna
Meat Loaf Billy
Tim Guinee Dr. Tom Franklin
Louis Zorich Sammy
Bill Raymond Dr. Harold Ashton
Wendell Pierce Dan
Merritt Wever Betty
Mark Day Mark
Ileen Getz Nurse Aphrodite
Gerry Mendicino Johnny

Technical Credits
Richard Ledes Director,Screenwriter
John Board Asst. Director
Graham Caswell Art Director
Bill Fleming Production Designer
Alexa L. Fogel Casting,Producer
Susan Graef Editor
Joseph Infantolino Producer
Doug Johnston Sound/Sound Designer
Stephen Kazmierski Cinematographer
Mercedes Kelso Casting
Jeanie Kimber Costumes/Costume Designer
Jane Lew Casting
Stephen Trask Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- A Hole in One
1. Opening Credits [2:25]
2. God's Photo Album [9:06]
3. Harbinger (The 10th Man) [5:32]
4. Enlightened [17:44]
5. To Pursue Happiness [10:03]
6. A White Matter [10:34]
7. A Favor [7:09]
8. The Wrong Door [10:49]
9. A Lobotomy in America [4:27]
10. Fight Night [6:40]
11. A False Memory [9:15]
12. End Credits [3:30]

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