Domino

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Overview

The mostly true story of a Hollywood princess turned bounty hunter is told in this witty action-drama from director Tony Scott. Domino Harvey Keira Knightley was the daughter of famed actor Laurence Harvey played by Jesse Pate who passed on when Domino was only eight years old. Domino's mother, former fashion model Paulene Stone played by Jacqueline Bisset and renamed %Sophie Wynn in the film, strove to give her daughter a comfortable life, but Domino was naturally rebellious, and after a contentious stint in ...
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Overview

The mostly true story of a Hollywood princess turned bounty hunter is told in this witty action-drama from director Tony Scott. Domino Harvey Keira Knightley was the daughter of famed actor Laurence Harvey played by Jesse Pate who passed on when Domino was only eight years old. Domino's mother, former fashion model Paulene Stone played by Jacqueline Bisset and renamed %Sophie Wynn in the film, strove to give her daughter a comfortable life, but Domino was naturally rebellious, and after a contentious stint in boarding school, a brief career as a runway model, and a fling with the fashion business, Domino was looking for something more exciting. She found it when he met Ed Mosbey Mickey Rourke, an ex-con who had gone on to a successful career as a "bail recovery agent" -- in short, a bounty hunter. Ed also taught others how to join his profession, and Domino took his course and joined his team, along with Choco Edgar Ramirez, a headstrong bail agent who took an immediate fancy to Domino. Domino, Ed, and Choco became a successful team -- successful enough that television producer Mark Heiss Christopher Walken asked them to become the subject of a television reality series. However, it was after the cameras were turned on Domino that her life got truly crazy. Bail bondsman Claremont Williams III Delroy Lindo had hired Domino and her friends for a risky case, and soon Domino, Ed, and Choco were chasing missing men and money while landing in hot water with both the FBI and the Mafia. Domino was loosely based on Domino Harvey's real life story; sadly her personal life was as reckless as her career, and Domino died as a result of drug abuse on June 27, 2005, after this film was completed. The film also features Lucy Liu, Mena Suvari, Macy Gray, and Dabney Coleman.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; "I am a bounty hunter: Domino Harvey's life"; "Bounty hunting on acid: Tony Scotts's visual style" featurette; Deleted scenes; And more!
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Tony Scott's fanciful melodrama about bounty hunter Domino Harvey, the real-life daughter of British movie star Laurence Harvey, is shot in what the director and his associates have called "heightened reality." That's the term they've coined to define a mélange of photographic and editorial techniques that include time-lapse cinematography on high-contrast stock, tinkering with film processing, jagged editing, and various other tricks. Nobody has accused Domino of being a poster child for narrative clarity, and some detractors have argued that Scott's cinematic hocus-pocus merely dresses up with stylistic affectation what is at heart a routine potboiler. That's not altogether fair, and it unfairly diminishes the outstanding work of Keira Knightley, who contributes a gripping portrayal of a pampered Hollywood brat who once called herself a "natural ringleader and troublemaker" and, as a child, pulled the heads off dolls for amusement. Her willing descent into the seedy netherworld of crime and criminals is vividly depicted. Mickey Rourke supports her with customary flair, portraying the gruff, brutish bounty hunter Ed Moseby, who takes her under his wing. Domino isn't a particularly uplifting picture, but it deserves a modicum of respect for tackling a basically unpalatable subject with style and commitment.
All Movie Guide
Tony Scott's Domino is lacquered with such gobs of stylistic excess, it would make McG blush. But this movie has little in common with McG's light-hearted Charlie's Angels movies, beyond briefly alluding to them and featuring Lucy Liu. Instead, it's a violent, depraved collage of iconographic porn, fetishizing everything from cigarette smoking to pencil sharpening, and shot with a stroke-inducing reliance on swish pans and flashing lights. It's not just style over substance; style murders substance, using those double-barreled machine guns Keira Knightley wields in the ads. Granted, the life of model-turned-bounty hunter Domino Harvey is pretty ostentatious source material, but Scott turns Richard Kelly's showy script into one giant middle finger at good taste. Scott was clearly hoping for a multi-character, pop-influenced crime thriller like his own True Romance, and the bones of the story do sometimes work in that way. And in a postmodern crossover with real life, Beverly Hills 90210 stars Brian Austin Green and Ian Ziering appear as themselves, hosting a reality show centered on Domino's team. But any marginally interesting ideas are drowned by superfluous technique, including but not limited to: looping and tweaking of spoken lines, choice bits of dialogue typed out on screen for emphasis, and so much manipulating of film stock, it's like a test drive of a graphics program. Such glossy bombast can't help but culminate in a ridiculous Mexican standoff at the top of the Stratosphere Hotel in Las Vegas. If only hacks were involved in the making of Domino, it would be one thing, but the good reputations of Scott and Kelly duped numerous appealing actors into participating. Domino marked the beginning of a really bad year for Kelly, the golden boy behind Donnie Darko, whose sophomore directing effort Southland Tales was subsequently laughed out of Cannes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/21/2006
  • UPC: 794043101366
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:08:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 30,454

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Keira Knightley Domino Harvey
Mickey Rourke Ed Moseby
Edgar Ramirez Choco
Delroy Lindo Claremont Williams
Mo'Nique Lateesha Rodriguez
Lucy Liu Taryn Mills
Christopher Walken Mark Heiss
Mena Suvari Kimmie
Macy Gray Lashandra Davis
Jacqueline Bisset Sophie Wynn
Dabney Coleman Drake Bishop
Brian Austin Green Himself
Ian Ziering Himself
Stanley Kamel Anthony Cigliutti
Peter Jacobson Burke Beckett
T.K. Carter Lester Kincaid
Kel O'Neill Frances
Shondrella Avery Lashindra Davis
Lew Temple Locus Fender
Tom Waits Wanderer
Riz Abbasi Alf
Liza Lapira
Technical Credits
Tony Scott Director, Producer
Agnes B. Costumes/Costume Designer
B. Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Barancik Original Story
Drew Boughton Art Director
Skip Chaisson Executive Producer
Denise Chamian Casting
Nancy Deren Set Decoration/Design
Asylum Visual Effects Animator
Lisa Ellzey Executive Producer
Toby Emmerich Executive Producer
John Frazier Special Effects Supervisor
William C. Goldenberg Editor
Harry Gregson-Williams Score Composer
Samuel Hadida Producer
Victor Hadida Executive Producer
David Hadida Co-producer, Executive Producer
Richard Kelly Original Story, Screenwriter
Julia Levine Set Decoration/Design
Dan Mindel Cinematographer
Keith Neely Art Director
Arthur Rochester Sound/Sound Designer
Zach Schiff-Abrams Executive Producer
Ridley Scott Producer
Chris Seagers Production Designer
Peter Toumasis Co-producer
Christian Wagner Editor
Barry H. Waldman Executive Producer
John Wildermuth Asst. Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Domino
1. A Few Questions [6:54]
2. Main Titles [2:00]
3. Dmv [4:48]
4. England to L.A. [5:07]
5. The $99 Seminar [5:29]
6. First Raid [5:54]
7. Dysfunctional Family [7:05]
8. Reality TV [7:38]
9. Brian and Ian [3:40]
10. Lateesha [5:15]
11. 10 Million [6:02]
12. Bounty Squad [6:52]
13. Delivery to Needles [4:33]
14. Real and Fake [9:37]
15. Retrieval [1:46]
16. Desert Trip [4:58]
17. Wanderer [4:14]
18. Las Vegas [5:02]
19. The Stratosphere [7:14]
20. Heads or Tails [7:45]
21. End Titles [6:58]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Domino
   Set Up Options
      Dolby Digital 5.1
      Surround Sound
      DTS-ES 6.1 Discrete Sound
      Stereo Surround Sound
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
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   Special Features
      Commentaries
      Deleted / Aternate Scenes
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         Deleted/Alternate Scenes with Optional Commentary By Tony Scott
         1. Young Domino And Nanny
         2. Therapist's Office
         3. Ian Tells Off Howie Stein
         4. Ratchet Down The Violence - Extended Version
         5. Explosion Aftermath
         6. Love In The Desert - Alternative Version
         7. Mescaline Tripping At the Stardust
      "I Am a Bounty Hunter": Domino Harvey's Life
      Bounty Hunting on Acid: Tony Scott's Visual Style
      Trailers
         Teaser Trailer
         Theatrical Trailer
         Sneak Peeks
   Select A Scene
   DVD-ROM/Online Features
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A flashy action pic with worrying implications

    Domino is a flashy action movie, shot in grainy "heightened reality", in which Keira Knightley plays an ice-cool, beautiful, rich girl who drops out and becomes a bounty hunter. Now flip over to the DVD extra and meet the real Domino Harvey: a shy, gauche woman who reveals far more about herself in the first 10 seconds than this movie does in 2 hours. Tragically, she died shortly before the movie was released. Domino may be "based on true events" but the DVD extra reveals a very liberal interpretation of that phrase. Taken on its own, this is an OK, watchable movie - but it reveals nothing about why the real Domino Harvey's life turned out the way that it did, and the overall impression is of Hollywood's exploitation of a vulnerable woman which leaves a nasty after-taste.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So goes the tits, so goes the legend

    Keira Knightley is a fine actor but is a finer looking woman. Before any of you feminists call me a "pig," that's where the money is in for, not her talent. After Knightley hits 40, her natural beauty will be sagging and as things are in Hollywood, she will be yesterday's news. She certainly outdoes Mickey Rourke's character as the brutish Ed Moseby, an ex-con. She is just a spoiled, tough punk in my opinion, as in her statement, "I just want to have a little fun," which leads to her getting in trouble with lap dancing, missing men, the Mob, and drugs. Of course, real life is worse than the movies and the real Harvey, because of her reckless life is now dead, before the filming actually ended. Another cautionary tale on the edge of drugs, but I doubt it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Domino is a tour de force

    Great drama, hilarious scenes, excellant cast, dark humor at its best. Do not miss this one

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