Down in the Valley

Down in the Valley

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Director: David Jacobson

Cast: David Jacobson, Edward Norton, David Morse, Evan Rachel Wood

     
 

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A romance between a teenage girl and a thirtysomething drifter takes the young woman down a dangerous and unexpected path in this independent drama. Tobe (Evan Rachel Wood) is a pretty 18-year-old whose father, Wade (David Morse), is the sheriff of a town in California's San Fernando Valley. Tobe isSee more details below

Overview

A romance between a teenage girl and a thirtysomething drifter takes the young woman down a dangerous and unexpected path in this independent drama. Tobe (Evan Rachel Wood) is a pretty 18-year-old whose father, Wade (David Morse), is the sheriff of a town in California's San Fernando Valley. Tobe is driving to the beach with some friends when she stops at a filling station and meets gas jockey Harlan (Edward Norton), who dresses like a cowpoke and claims to have recently relocated to Los Angeles from South Dakota. Harlan is immediately and obviously taken with Tobe, and when she asks him to tag along for the day, he impulsively quits his job to follow her. Tobe and Harlan soon become a couple, but Wade is convinced Harlan is not all he claims to be, and Tobe begins to wonder if her father might be right when Harlan takes her horseback riding and their date is cut short after police inform them the horses have been stolen from an rancher (Bruce Dern) whom Harlan claims is a friend - and who promptly turns up with a gun to confront both of them, insisting that he has never seen Harlan before. Tobe's suspicions grow when Harlan offers to teach her little brother, Lonnie (Rory Culkin), how to shoot using a pair of real .45 revolvers, as his actions become less charming and more worrisome. Leading man Edward Norton also served as producer on this project.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The emotional investment of Ed Norton, the star and producer of Down in the Valley, is obvious in his affecting portrayal of the deeply troubled drifter at the center of this compelling little film. Harlan Caruthers is a young man who flees an unsatisfactory life and creates a new one by embracing the myths of the Old West, cloaking himself in the persona of a self-reliant, nonconformist cowboy. Manning the pumps at a San Fernando Valley service station, this strangely attractive never-was makes an instant connection with 18-year-old Tobe (Evan Rachel Wood), leading to a star-crossed romance. The dangers of Harlan’s deception are scrupulously depicted by writer-director David Jacobson, who also draws subtle observations about the replacement of the western frontier with urban sprawl, strip malls, and deadening commercialization. Both a riveting character study and a perceptive social commentary, Down in the Valley is one of 2006’s most fascinating -- if unheralded -- films.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2006
UPC:
0821575548755
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
R
Source:
Velocity / Thinkfilm
Time:
1:54:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Filmmaker and actor q&a; Deleted scenes; 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround/2.0 Stereo; Theatrical trailer; Trailer gallery; 16:9 widescreen presentation; Closed captioned; Spanish subtiles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edward Norton Harlan
David Morse Wade
Evan Rachel Wood Tobe
Rory Culkin Lonnie
John Diehl Steve
Bruce Dern Charlie
Kat Dennings April
Hunter Parrish Kris
Aaron Fors Jeremy
Muse Watson Bill Sr.
Geoffrey Lewis Sheridan
Aviva Sherri
Heather Ashleigh Shell

Technical Credits
David Jacobson Director,Screenwriter
Matt Aberle Musical Direction/Supervision
Michael Atwell Art Director
Franco-Giacomo Carbone Production Designer
Enrique Chediak Cinematographer
Jay Faires Musical Direction/Supervision
Joe Ginier Co-producer
Dave Halls Asst. Director
Michael Hofacre Editor
Lynzee Klingman Editor
Stavros Merjos Executive Producer
Bill Migliore Co-producer
Steven A. Morrow Sound/Sound Designer
Sam Nazarian Executive Producer
Edward Norton Producer
Chad Rosen Asst. Director
Adam Rosenfelt Producer
Peter Salett Songwriter
Scott Sanders Sound/Sound Designer
Marc Schaberg Co-producer
Mike Upton Co-producer
Jacqueline West Costumes/Costume Designer
Holly Wiersma Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Down in the Valley
1. Siblings Walk [6:15]
2. Sleep on Your Room [7:24]
3. The Beach [10:09]
4. The Date [6:38]
5. Horses [5:31]
6. Charlie's Ranch [8:59]
7. At the Window [5:30]
8. Colt 45 [8:07]
9. The Rain [4:17]
10. Gunfighter [3:36]
11. The Thief [3:09]
12. Help My Daughter [1:14]
13. Boys Out Riding [4:05]
14. Where's Lonnie? [3:49]
15. Shoot-Out [5:59]
16. End Credits [4:52]

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