He Was a Quiet Man

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Overview

A man at the end of his emotional rope finally explodes, but not in a way anyone would have expected in this offbeat independent drama. Bob Maconel (Christian Slater) is a middle-aged nebbish working in an office building where few people know who he is and fewer still care. Bob has developed a seething hatred and resentment of those around him, and has taken to carrying a gun to work in the hope that one day he'll have the courage to take down some of his co-workers. However, one day another man working in the ...
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Overview

A man at the end of his emotional rope finally explodes, but not in a way anyone would have expected in this offbeat independent drama. Bob Maconel (Christian Slater) is a middle-aged nebbish working in an office building where few people know who he is and fewer still care. Bob has developed a seething hatred and resentment of those around him, and has taken to carrying a gun to work in the hope that one day he'll have the courage to take down some of his co-workers. However, one day another man working in the office snaps and opens fire; Bob grabs his weapon and kills the shooter, but not before the gunman wounds Vanessa (Elisha Cuthbert), a pretty girl who works there. Bob unwittingly becomes a hero, and is applauded for stopping the menace and saving Vanessa's life. However, as Bob keeps an eye on Vanessa at the hospital (where she may now be paralyzed for life), his sudden transformation in the eyes of others only leaves him more unsettled and disturbed. Also starring William H. Macy and Jamison Jones, He Was A Quiet Man received its world premiere at the 2007 South by Southwest Film Festival.
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Special Features

First look at He Was a Quiet Man; Deleted and alternate scenes; Audio commentary with writer/director Frank A. Cappello; Theatrical trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/15/2008
  • UPC: 013131550597
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 68,082

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christian Slater Bob Maconel
Elisha Cuthbert Venessa Parks
William H. Macy Gene Shelby
Jamison Jones Scott Harper
K.C. Ramsey Jackson
Sascha Knopf Paula
David Wells Ralf Coleman
Anzu Lawson Nancy Felt
Bill Rothbard Phil
John Gulager Maurice Gregory
Greg Baker Copy Boy
Stanley Hall Paul
Technical Credits
Frank Cappello Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Jeff Beal Score Composer
Ermanno Di Febo-Orsini Production Designer
Jason Hallock Executive Producer
Michael Leahy Producer
Kirk M. Morri Editor
Jason Mundy Casting
Don Phillips Casting
Brandon Trost Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- He Was a Quiet Man
1. Main Titles [1:51]
2. Biding Time [3:25]
3. Another Day at the Office [4:28]
4. Showdown [6:39]
5. An Honest-to-God Hero [4:58]
6. Room at the Top [6:04]
7. Moving Closer [6:28]
8. Second Thoughts [7:27]
9. That Poor Girl [5:14]
10. The Last Date [6:30]
11. Hard to Let Go [2:51]
12. All For You [5:42]
13. Intimacy [3:55]
14. Strong Enough [6:05]
15. In This World [1:21]
16. The Spoon [6:05]
17. A Dangerous Man [3:46]
18. Broken Grasp [5:59]
19. The Way Out [3:53]
20. End Credits [2:20]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- He Was a Quiet Man
   Chapters
   Audio Setup
      Dolby Surround 5.1
      Dolby Surround 2.0
      Commentary With Writer/Director Frank A. Cappello
   Extras
      Commentary
      First Look at He Was a Quiet Man
      Deleted & Alternate Scenes
         With Commentary by Writer/Director Frank A. Cappello - On
         With Commentary by Writer/Director Frank A. Cappello - Off
         Play
      Trailer
   Play
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Brilliant.

    This movie is magnificent. There are parts of the story that are extremely easy to relate to. Christian Slater does a wonderful job in this movie, in some aspects you forget it is him, he is the character. The characters are very well developed and at some parts of the movie you feel exactly what they're feeling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Serendipity in a Chaotic World

    HE WAS A QUIET MAN echoes the all too familiar news item of irrational killings in public places - here, in this country, by seemingly 'normal indistinguishable people'. Writer/director Frank A. Cappello has a good grasp on his subject matter and probably intended the rather slow movement of the film to underline the 'ordinary' situations that in a flash become extraordinary. And he has a fine cast to demonstrate his thoughts. Bob Maconel (Christian Slater in fine distorting makeup) is a nerd, an ordinary geek who checks numbers form his sterile cubicle in a massive corporation, heckled by the 'fast guys' like Scott Harper (Jamison Jones). He loathes his life, his crumby house and unkempt lawn, and most of all the loathes the people with whom he works - except for one Vanessa (Elisha Cuthbert) who has a 'smile that lights up a room', but pays no attention to the geeky Bob. Bob is deranged, talks to his goldfish at home (and they answer back!), and plans to kill the most offensive of his fellow workers. But in the adjacent cubicle there is a like mind who beats him to the show and one morning opens fire killing five people and wounding Vanessa with a bullet to her spine that leaves her paralyzed: Bob serendipitously uses his own gun to kill the assailant and becomes a hero for the corporation. Though Bob is unchanged in appearance or outlook he is elevated to VP of Creative Thinking under the head boss Gene Shelby (William H. Macy). He visits Vanessa in the hospital, suffers her tantrum at being a quadriplegic, but finally is called back to her bedside and sweet-talked into being her hero life-saving guardian - and more. Once Bob feels needed and perhaps 'loved' by Vanessa he begins to change, only to have unfortunate reminders of reality enter and alter his life yet again. Though the subject matter is rather terrifying, Cappello elects to present this tale as black humor. In the hands of less competent actors it would like have been a dud, but with Christian Slater's finely nuanced performance the film takes on a powerful sheen. The line between madness and normalcy is a thin one indeed and there are many disturbing lessons to be gained from watching this small but well-done film. Grady Harp

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