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Miracle Mile
     

Miracle Mile

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Director: Steve De Jarnatt, Anthony Edwards, Mare Winningham, John Agar

Cast: Steve De Jarnatt, Anthony Edwards, Mare Winningham, John Agar

 

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Miracle Mile starts conventionally enough, with bashful musician Anthony Edwards going ga-ga over waitress Mare Winningham. After a pleasant if somewhat quirky day together, Edwards and Winningham plan a tete-a-tete at the all-night restaurant where the girl works. While preparing to call her on a pay phone, Edwards intercepts a frantic call from a soldier

Overview

Miracle Mile starts conventionally enough, with bashful musician Anthony Edwards going ga-ga over waitress Mare Winningham. After a pleasant if somewhat quirky day together, Edwards and Winningham plan a tete-a-tete at the all-night restaurant where the girl works. While preparing to call her on a pay phone, Edwards intercepts a frantic call from a soldier stationed at a Midwestern missile silo. The message: nuclear warheads have been launched, and it's only 70 minutes to Armageddon! This unsettling news casts severe doubts over the future of Edwards' and Winningham's relationship.

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All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
A charming little flick that combines elements of Night of the Living Dead, The Towering Inferno, and The Morning After into an improbable date movie, Miracle Mile gives Cherry 2000 filmmaker Steven de Jarnatt another chance to prove that a decent cast and a cool premise are more valuable than millions of dollars in special effects. The best classic science fiction stories favored compelling what-if scenarios over razor sharp prose. In the cinematic equivalent, we get workmanlike production values and a heck of a concept: What if you accidentally intercepted a phone call that alerted you to impending nuclear war? Anthony Edwards and Mare Winningham are the everyday youngsters whose tentative romance gets interrupted by the imminent big bang, and their winsome appeal goes a lot farther than something more high-octane. Meanwhile, a rich collection of character actors including Star Trek: The Next Generation's Denise Crosby provide expendable supporting players and lend the race to infinity its sociological scope. Any movie predicated on a nuclear countdown is bound to end on either a downer or an unexpectedly giddy note, but the game cast and tight little script keep the audience guessing right down to zero.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/28/2015
UPC:
0738329165123
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
R
Source:
Kl Studio Classics
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:27:00
Sales rank:
12,279

Special Features

Audio Commentary by Director Steve De Jarnatt moderated by Walter Chaw; Audio Commentary by Director Steve De Jarnatt, DP Theo van de Sande and Production Designer Chris Horner; Excavations From The Editing Room Tar Pits - Deleted Scenes, Outtakes and Bloopers; Supporting Cast and Crew Reunion; Harry and Julie: Interview with stars Anthony Edwards and Mare Winningham; Alternate Diamond Ending

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Edwards Harry Washello
Mare Winningham Julie Peters
John Agar Ivan Peters
Lou Hancock Lucy Peters
Mykelti Williamson Wilson
Kelly Minter Charlotta
Kurt Fuller Gerstead
Bill McKinney Actor
Peter Berg Band Member
Alan Berger Person in Catering Truck
Lucille Bliss Old Woman in Diner
Earl Boen Drunk Man in Diner
Edward Bunker Nightwatchman
Jordana Capra TV Anchorwoman
Denise Crosby Landa
Danny De La Paz Transvestite
Diane Delano Stewardess
Jenette Goldstein Beverly Hills Chick
Claude Earl Jones Harlan
O-Lan Jones Waitress
Cynthia Phillips Female Cop
Alan Rosenberg Mike
Raphael Sbarge Chip
Brian Thompson Power Lifter
Robert DoQui Cook

Technical Credits
Steve De Jarnatt Director,Screenwriter
Jerry Casillas Production Designer
Graham Cottle Producer
Shay Cunliffe Costumes/Costume Designer
John Daly Co-producer
Billy DaMota Casting
Claire Gaul Production Designer
Derek Gibson Co-producer
Ken Hall Sound/Sound Designer
Sean Haworth Set Decoration/Design
Ben Jensen Stunts
Kim Robert Koscki Stunts
Lauren Lloyd Casting
Pamela Marcotte Art Director
Steve Semel Editor
Tangerine Dream Score Composer
Cris Thomas-Palomino Stunts
Theo Van de Sande Cinematographer
Kathie Weaver Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Miracle Mile
1. Chapter 1 [:11]
2. Chapter 2 [11:43]
3. Chapter 3 [10:02]
4. Chapter 4 [14:32]
5. Chapter 5 [9:08]
6. Chapter 6 [13:10]
7. Chapter 7 [10:25]
8. Chapter 8 [9:16]
9. Chapter 9 [9:38]

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Miracle Mile 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Flawed, but a gem nonetheless. How would you act and what would you do if you knew that your world was going to end in a little more than an hour? De Jarnatt turns a light romantic comedy into a statement on World War III. He accomplishes this in a most clever way. Once events begin to unravel, they do so in real time, with the digital clock at Johnnies Coffee House on Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles keeping track of the countdown. The hapless protagonists' actions, words, and encounters are like those of a cartoon world, with people doing things which are totally counter to their best interests. Many of the people themselves are like cartoon characatures. Harry, the main protagonist even ponders whether it could all be a dream? The intensity not quite flawlessly builds to an incredible climax. Yet, the whole is more than the sum of the parts. In spite of its flaws, I have rated it all five stars because it is that memorable of a film. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a widescreen copy of this. The DVD is presented in 4:3 full screen format. The sound track, composed and performed by Tangerine Dream, does an excellent job of keeping ones heart thumping as the tension builds to the film's climax.