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Limey
     

Limey

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Director: Steven Soderbergh, Terence Stamp, Peter Fonda, Lesley Ann Warren

Cast: Steven Soderbergh, Terence Stamp, Peter Fonda, Lesley Ann Warren

 

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One of the more intellectual DVDs on the market, this underrated gem is a perfect example of creative and technical minds at the top of their game. This disc educates as much as entertains. For starters, director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Lem Dobbs gives incredibly insightful commentary about the themes and cinematic concepts behind their powerful story of a

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One of the more intellectual DVDs on the market, this underrated gem is a perfect example of creative and technical minds at the top of their game. This disc educates as much as entertains. For starters, director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Lem Dobbs gives incredibly insightful commentary about the themes and cinematic concepts behind their powerful story of a British con man (Terence Stamp) coming to America in search of his daughter's killer. However, the disc's second commentary track takes the subject one step further. Actors Stamp, Peter Fonda and Lesley Ann Warren discuss the social statements raised in the film in a '60's docu-commentary' track that includes audio speeches from such leaders as Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Filled with insight on the liberal vs. conservative movements in California in the 60's, it's a film historian's dream come true. Other extras, such as trailer and TV spots, an isolated music score, and cast and crew info, are all top notch, but a section entitled 'technical specifications' is something brand new to DVDs. It's an education by the film's post-supervisor on how film and audio transfers are conducted, as well as a comparison of different widescreen options (letterbox vs. anamorphic transfers). It's more complicated than the average viewers cares to know, but it's great to see that someone has finally taken the time to explain the process of preparing film for digital media.

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All Movie Guide - Matthew Tobey
When watching The Limey in light of Steven Soderbergh's 2000, big-budget crowd-pleaser Erin Brockovich, one has to wonder if it was intended less as a follow-up to 1998's Out of Sight than a final art-house hurrah for the director, before being ushered onto the Hollywood A-list. After all, while Soderbergh has proven himself to be one of Tinseltown's smartest, most imaginative talents, with an ability to wow critics and please the masses at the same time, it's doubtful he'll ever again have a profile low enough to make a film as demanding of an audience's attention and void of star power as The Limey. Terence Stamp's Wilson is an aging British ex-con struggling to come to grips with not only the mysterious disappearance of his estranged daughter, but with America and the world after a nine-year prison stint. Soderbergh presents the story through a barrage of risky and unconventional camera and editing techniques, which always add to the tone and somehow never seem gimmicky. One of the best examples of this is the use of clips from 1968's Poor Cow as flashbacks. Featuring a 29-year-old Stamp, Poor Cow's contrasting film stock and color palette give the scenes the look of a memory, as if the viewer is seeing it just as Wilson does. Stamp delivers a performance that is both subtle and engaging, as Wilson contemplates the life he's lived and sets off on a vengeful hunt for his daughter Jenny's former lover, played by Peter Fonda. Fonda is just one of the supporting players who adds depth to the picture. Others include Nicky Katt, Leslie Ann Warren, and perhaps most outstanding, Luis Guzman. Guzman, who later gave a scene-stealing performance in Soderbergh's Traffic, plays Ed, one of Wilson's few allies. With no one else to trust, Wilson forms an unlikely bond with Ed. The interaction between the two characters is unique, human, and understated, much like the film itself. While The Limey may not have broken a hundred million dollars at the box office (or five million, for that matter), or gotten the recognition it deserved from the Academy, it still holds its own among Soderbergh's films; in fact, it's one of his best.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/20/2001
UPC:
0012236607502
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:29:00
Sales rank:
10,913

Special Features

Filmmakers' commentary: Steven Soderbergh [director], Lem Dobbs [writer]; '60's docu-commentary: Terence Stamp, Peter Fonda, Lewsley Ann Warren, Barry Newman, and Joe Dallesandro; 16:9 widescreen version; 5.1 Dolby Digital; Dolby Surround; Trailer and TV spots; Isolated music score; Production notes; Technical specifications; Cast and crew information

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Terence Stamp Wilson
Peter Fonda Valentine
Lesley Ann Warren Elaine
Luis Guzman Ed
Barry Newman Avery
Nicky Katt Stacy
Joe Dallesandro Uncle John
Amelia Heinle Adhara
Melissa George Jennifer
Bill Duke Head DEA Agent

Technical Credits
Steven Soderbergh Director
Lem Dobbs Screenwriter
Louise Frogley Costumes/Costume Designer
Gary Frutkoff Production Designer
John Hardy Producer
Greg Jacobs Asst. Director
Scott Kramer Producer
Edward Lachman Cinematographer
Cliff Martinez Score Composer
Kathryn Peters Set Decoration/Design
Jim Webb Sound/Sound Designer
Debra Zane Casting

Scene Index

Side #2 --
0. Scene Index
1. Main Titles [3:24]
2. "My name is Wilson" [2:52]
3. What he gonna say?"|00:03:34|}
4. At the warehouse [3:04]
5. "You tell him I'm coming!" [2:48]
6. Valentine and Adhara [1:04]
7. "There was a shooter" [4:33]
8. "You're Jenny's Father" [1:36]
9. Walk and talk [4:45]
10. Casing Valentine's [1:11]
11. At Valentine's party [5:53]
12. Wilson and Valentine [4:09]
13. Car chase [2:27]
14. Party aftermath [3:28]
15. Stacy and Uncle John [3:09]
16. Following Wilson and Elaine [3:25]
17. "I remember everything" [3:16]
18. DEA interview [6:16]
19. Valentine and Adhara driving up the coast [3:17]
20. Stacy makes a new plan [1:47]
21. Wilson reminisces [1:37]
22. Big Sur [2:16]
23. Wilson waits [2:12]
24. Valentine and Avery watch TV [2:56]
25. Siege on Valentine's house [4:47]
26. "Tell me about Jenny" [2:58]
27. On the airplane;"Colours" [2:25]
28. End Titles [3:17]

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Limey 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Limey is a taut and exciting revenge thriller, with a deep and dark current of regret running just below the surface. Terrence Stamp is tremendous as Wilson, a career criminal who, after serving a long stretch in jail, has come to Los Angeles to investigate the suspicious death of his daughter. Stamp gives one of the best performances of his life as the tough and charming thief whose cocky "and Cockney" swagger masks his growing realization that he has wasted his life. The rest of the cast is excellent as well, with Lesley Ann Waren, Barry Newman, and Luis Guzman making real people out of characters that in a normal thriller would exist only to drive the plot. Peter Fonda's fragile Terry Valentine is the ostensible villain of the piece, but is not evil so much as selfish and weak. The Limey is a very funny movie in spite of its serious themes, and in this regard Nicky Katt as a sarcastic small-time killer is a particular stand-out. This is just a great film in every regard and one sure to be enjoyed over and over again.