Oxygen

Oxygen

Director: Richard Shepard

Cast: Maura Tierney, Adrien Brody, Terry Kinney

     
 

A police detective is on the trail of a psychopath while dealing with demons of her own in the crime thriller Oxygen. Madeline Foster (Maura Tierney) is a plainclothes detective with the NYPD who isn't especially happy with her job. She drowns her sorrows in alcohol and masochistic sex, though even her husband (Terry Kinney) is unaware of the full extent of herSee more details below

Overview

A police detective is on the trail of a psychopath while dealing with demons of her own in the crime thriller Oxygen. Madeline Foster (Maura Tierney) is a plainclothes detective with the NYPD who isn't especially happy with her job. She drowns her sorrows in alcohol and masochistic sex, though even her husband (Terry Kinney) is unaware of the full extent of her erotic obsessions. Madeline finds herself assigned to investigate an unusual kidnapping; Frances (Laila Robins), the wife of a prosperous businessman (James Naughton), has been kidnapped and buried alive. The perpetrators demand the ransom be paid within 24 hours, or the air will run out and Frances will be dead. Madeline surmises that the kidnapper is a career criminal known to the NYPD as "Harry Houdini" (Adrien Brody) for his remarkable ability to escape capture. It soon becomes clear that "Harry" knows who Madeline is, and for him this isn't an ordinary kidnapping but an elaborate psychological game; he is convinced they are alike in more ways than they're different, which makes it all the more fascinating for him. Oxygen received screenings at several 1999 film festivals, including Taos, Gen-Art and Cannes (market); it was later purchased by premium cable network HBO, who showed the film before it went into a limited theatrical run.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
This servicable thriller makes the most of protagonist Maura Tierney's haunted eyes and perpetually harassed countenance, villain Adrien Brody's believable psychopath antics, victim Laila Robins' scream-queen vulnerability, and producer/screenwriter/director Richard Shepard's moody little script. The film's low budget proves both a blessing and a curse. It puts maximum focus on the characters, dialogue, and no-frills noir atmosphere, but it leaves the film without the kind of production values that might have elevated it from cable-TV fare. Terry Kinney doesn't have much to do as the put-upon husband of Tierney's tortured, kinky cop character, especially in the forced epilogue the two must play together. But there's plenty of chemistry between the other principals and lots of real twists in Shepard's sturdy plotting. Fans of her TV roles on NewsRadio and ER may not get what they're expecting from Tierney (here re-teaming with the director who provided her first big break), but surprise is the name of the game in this modest winner.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/11/2000
UPC:
0783722701935
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
Allumination
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:32:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Maura Tierney Madeline
Adrien Brody Harry
Terry Kinney Tim
James Naughton Hannon
Laila Robins Frances
Paul Calderon Jessie
Dylan Baker Jackson

Technical Credits
Richard Shepard Director,Producer,Screenwriter
George Conda Associate Producer
Sarah Crawley Cinematographer
Mike Curb Producer
Andrew Farkas Executive Producer
Ali Farrell Casting
Chuck Jeffreys Stunts
Chuck Jeffries Stunts
Rolfe Kent Score Composer
Raelle Koota Co-producer
Karen J. Lauder Executive Producer
William Lauder Executive Producer
Adam Lichtenstein Editor
Vince Maggio Asst. Director
Betsy McDonald Art Director
Carole Curb Nemoy Producer
David Patterson Sound/Sound Designer
Jennifer L. Pearlman Co-producer
Barbara Pressar Costumes/Costume Designer
Laura Rosenthal Casting
Rowena Rowling Production Designer
Jonathan Stern Producer
Marcus Ticotin Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Access
1. Opening Credits [1:38]
2. Abduction [1:34]
3. Buried Alive [2:50]
4. Subway Chase [6:07]
5. I Want to Come Over [3:54]
6. On the Tast Force [2:43]
7. The Videotape [3:49]
8. Strategy [3:16]
9. At the Cemetary [6:30]
10. Car Chase [7:07]
11. A Psychopath's Silence [2:10]
12. I Have Faith in You [:58]
13. Braces [:39]
14. 1st Interrogation [7:07]
15. Dark Fantasies [1:54]
16. Agent Lantham [4:56]
17. I'm Not Worth It [1:19]
18. Just a Little Further [:17]
19. A Book of Matches [1:32]
20. A Nice Story [:36]
21. A New Strategy [:40]
22. Time Running Out [2:40]
23. A Goddamn Game [1:56]
24. I'm Not Like You [14:46]
25. Escape [:59]
26. You're Free Now [5:13]
27. Reunited [1:47]
28. Closing Credits [3:18]

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