It's The Rage

It's The Rage

Director: James D. Stern

Cast: James D. Stern, Joan Allen, Andre Braugher, Josh Brolin

     
 

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Director James D. Stern debuts with this darkly comedic, archly ironic look at America's obsession with guns. The film opens with Helen and Warren Harding (Joan Allen and Jeff Daniels) awaking one night to the sounds of their suburban trophy getting broken into. Warren grabs his trusty handgun and blows away the intruder, only to complain about the blood spots on his

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Director James D. Stern debuts with this darkly comedic, archly ironic look at America's obsession with guns. The film opens with Helen and Warren Harding (Joan Allen and Jeff Daniels) awaking one night to the sounds of their suburban trophy getting broken into. Warren grabs his trusty handgun and blows away the intruder, only to complain about the blood spots on his newly purchased bathrobe from Sundance. The unlucky guy turns out to be Warren's business partner, and it does not take long for him to wonder out loud if his wife and the dead man were having an affair. Meanwhile, Warren's lawyer Tim (Andre Braugher), whose civil-rights leading father was gunned down when he was a boy, receives a handsome gun from his film fanatic boyfriend Chris (David Schwimmer). Others involved include the young nymphet Annabel Lee (Anna Paquin) and her thuggishly violent brother Sidney (Giovanni Ribisi); Mr. Morgan (Gary Sinise), an eccentric and extremely paranoid Internet tycoon; and Tennel (Josh Brolin), a video store manager turned poet. All of these characters have their own personal axes to grind and all have easy access to guns. The result is as violent as it is senseless. All the Rage was screened at the 1999 Toronto Film Festival.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Handguns large and small are scattered throughout James D. Stern's debut feature, an offbeat comedy that follows the intertwining lives of an eclectic mix of dysfunctional, pistol-packing characters. Actors Joan Allen, Jeff Daniels, Gary Sinise, David Schwimmer, and Giovanni Ribisi fuel this dry satire with potent combinations of eccentricity, mental disorder, and domestic angst -- all of which escalate all-too-easily into criminal intent. The multiple story lines have one common element: minor quirks and major breakdowns alike are all rendered potentially lethal by the easy availability of firearms. Despite this plot device, the anti-handgun message in It's the Rage is still more or less understated, as it eschews a political tone in favor of a pervading sense of irony. And the film as a whole has a strangely tranquil atmosphere -- all pastel visuals, dry humor from screenwriter Keith Reddin, and a subtly hypnotic score by Devo-member-turned-film-composer Mark Mothersbaugh.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/06/2011
UPC:
0031398142126
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:38:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary with director James D. Stern ; Biographies and filmographies of cast and filmmakers; Behind-the-scenes featurette ; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joan Allen Helen Harding
Andre Braugher Tim Sullivan
Josh Brolin Tennel
Jeff Daniels Warren Harding
Robert Forster Tyler
Anna Paquin Annabel Lee
Giovanni Ribisi Sidney Lee
David Schwimmer Chris
Gary Sinise Norton Morgan
Bokeem Woodbine Agee

Technical Credits
James D. Stern Director,Producer
Chris J. Ball Executive Producer
Betty Berberian Set Decoration/Design
Adam Del Deo Executive Producer
Jerry Fleming Production Designer
Edi Giguere Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Gilbert Producer
Mark Gordon Executive Producer
Todd King Executive Producer
Michele Kuznetsky Musical Direction/Supervision
Gary Levinsohn Executive Producer
Brian Livesay Art Director
Tony Lombardo Editor
Anne McCarthy Producer
Peter V. Meiselmann Sound/Sound Designer
Maria Melograne Asst. Director
Mark Mothersbaugh Score Composer
Alex Nepomniaschy Cinematographer
Abbie Phillips Associate Producer
Mary Ramos Musical Direction/Supervision
Keith Reddin Screenwriter
Ash R. Shah Producer
William Tyrer Executive Producer
Mary Vernieu Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- It's the Rage
1. Pass the Ammo [3:03]
2. For Protection [3:25]
3. Murder or Self Defense? [2:42]
4. A Good Lawyer [3:22]
5. Dinner Conversation [4:38]
6. Marital Problems [2:00]
7. Setting the Curfew [2:53]
8. A Second Shooter [2:45]
9. Virtual Pet [3:31]
10. Missing Evidence [3:27]
11. He's Eccentric [2:46]
12. Job Interview [2:42]
13. Boy Meets Girl [2:13]
14. Investigating [3:01]
15. Genius at Work [4:29]
16. Telling Stories [3:20]
17. Going Crazy [1:28]
18. Shooting Gallery [2:38]
19. Looks Like Money [2:44]
20. Hits and Misses [4:31]
21. Boy Loves Girl [4:16]
22. Bullet Wound [2:47]
23. At the Bar [5:28]
24. Pong Anyone? [1:16]
25. I'm Not Wealthy [4:19]
26. Information Overload [6:13]
27. Consequences [4:59]
28. Cleaning up [6:56]

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