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Citizen Ruth
     

Citizen Ruth

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Director: Alexander Payne, Laura Dern, Swoosie Kurtz, Kurtwood Smith

Cast: Alexander Payne, Laura Dern, Swoosie Kurtz, Kurtwood Smith

 

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Starring Laura Dern, the 1996 satirical comedy Citizen Ruth comes to DVD from Buena Vista. Presented with a widescreen anamorphic transfer. Soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround sound in English as well as Dolby Digital Stereo sound in French. Closed captions are also accessible. Special features include an audio commentary track with director

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Starring Laura Dern, the 1996 satirical comedy Citizen Ruth comes to DVD from Buena Vista. Presented with a widescreen anamorphic transfer. Soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround sound in English as well as Dolby Digital Stereo sound in French. Closed captions are also accessible. Special features include an audio commentary track with director Alexander Payne, screenwriter Jim Taylor, production designer Jane Ann Stewart, and actress Laura Dern. Also includes theatrical trailers.

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Although little-seen, Citizen Ruth introduced the film world to one of its best new satirists: director Alexander Payne, whose follow-up, Election (1999), won raves for skewering high school politics (indeed, the entire American political system) with dead-on finesse. No less ambitious in his debut, Payne goes after the abortion debate with rawness and vigor, shrewdly refusing to favor either camp. Instead, he exposes the transparent agendas of both sides, getting terrific help from Laura Dern, who plays Ruth Stoops with impressive disregard for audience sympathy. Strung out and utterly amoral, Dern's Ruth is a heroine typical of Payne's caustic wit -- in a landscape devoid of good-hearted impulses, this is the person left to support. It's a courageously unlikable and funny performance by Dern, and she's surrounded by character actors (Kurtwood Smith, Mary Kay Place, Swoosie Kurtz, and even Burt Reynolds) who inhabit their aggressive personality types with relish. What's remarkable about Payne's light touch is that he can craft a totally unsentimental film filled with soulless characters and still manage to leave the viewer feeling kind of bouncy and fulfilled. Citizen Ruth is a strong debut from a bright new talent.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/2003
UPC:
0717951005243
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
R
Source:
Miramax
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:45:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Theatrical trailer; Feature commentary with director and screenwriter Alexander Payne, screenwriter Jim Taylor, production designer Jane Ann Stewart and actress Laura Dern

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Laura Dern Ruth Stoops
Swoosie Kurtz Diane
Kurtwood Smith Norm
Mary Kay Place Gail
Kelly Preston Rachel
M.C. Gainey Harlan
David Graf Judge Richter
Tippi Hedren Jessica Weiss
Diane Ladd Ruth's mother
Kenneth Mars Dr. Charlie
Kathleen Noone Pat
Burt Reynolds Blaine Gibbons
Alicia Witt Cheryl
Caveh Zahedi Actor

Technical Credits
Alexander Payne Director,Screenwriter
Lisa Beach Casting
James Glennon Cinematographer
Rolfe Kent Score Composer
Cathy Konrad Producer
Heather Kritzer Asst. Director
Tom McKinley Costumes/Costume Designer
Jay Patterson Sound/Sound Designer
Jane Ann Stewart Production Designer
Andrew Stone Co-producer
Jim Taylor Asst. Director,Screenwriter
Kevin Tent Editor
Kevin Trent Editor
Cary Woods Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits: Nowhere to Go [6:17]
2. Waking the Tin Man [3:36]
3. Sorry! [3:23]
4. A Call to God [3:12]
5. Clean and Pretty [5:15]
6. An Old Familiar Sound [3:44]
7. "Party?" [2:31]
8. Right as Rain [6:58]
9. It's Them [3:31]
10. Car! [3:39]
11. The Devil Inside [5:18]
12. This Is a War [5:13]
13. Clash by Night [5:36]
14. Moon Mother [4:02]
15. National Alert [6:03]
16. Charitable Offers [4:54]
17. The Outrage of It All [2:46]
18. Eric's Story [5:36]
19. Rising Action [5:32]
20. Ruth Sees a Way [5:06]
21. Tanya on the Move [4:35]
22. God Calls Back [5:02]
23. End Credits [3:29]

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Citizen Ruth 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree 100% with previous reviewer's comments and the summary of the movie and its central theme - what gets lost in the whole pro-life/pro-choice debate. Laura Dern was great and is not afraid to be gritty. After the first 5 minutes I didn't know if I could watch but it was oddly captivating and got better. Don't know how this movie was missed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Citizen Ruth was truly an amazing movie. At first I didn't want to subject myself to another abortion debate, since they usually lead to headaches. But this movie focuses more on the people behind the debate rather than the debate itself. While it does cover a serious topic, with some very jarring scenes with the superb Laura Dern, it's a surprisingly funny movie. The best part about Citizen Ruth is that it never leads to an absolute conclusion. It doesn't tell you what to believe, which is the mark of a good film.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago