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Red Rock West
     

Red Rock West

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Director: John Dahl, Nicolas Cage, Dennis Hopper, Lara Flynn Boyle

Cast: John Dahl, Nicolas Cage, Dennis Hopper, Lara Flynn Boyle

 

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John Dahl directed and co-wrote (along with his brother Rick Dahl) this quirky and energetic film noir that, after a well-received screening at the Toronto Film Festival, was consigned to oblivion before resurfacing on cable television. When the owner of a San Francisco movie theater, who was a big fan of the film, arranged for a theatrical release, the film clicked

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John Dahl directed and co-wrote (along with his brother Rick Dahl) this quirky and energetic film noir that, after a well-received screening at the Toronto Film Festival, was consigned to oblivion before resurfacing on cable television. When the owner of a San Francisco movie theater, who was a big fan of the film, arranged for a theatrical release, the film clicked and toured the country as an art house hit. The film concerns eternal loser Michael (Nicolas Cage), down to his last five dollars and looking for work. He finds himself at a bar in the town of Red Rock. The bartender, Wayne (J.T. Walsh) eyes him suspiciously and asks him, "You must be Lyle, from Dallas." Michael, eager to earn some cash, agrees. It seems Wayne has a job for Michael, but what Michael doesn't realize until too late is that the job is to kill Wayne's wife for $10,000. Michael heads out to Wayne's farm with the cash to warn Wayne's wife, Suzanne (Lara Flynn Boyle). Suzanne responds by offering to double Michael's fee if he will kill her husband instead. Michael takes the money and tries to leave town, but when a thunderstorm comes up, he runs over a man who was trying to flag him down. The sheriff arrives on the scene to attend to matters -- who turns out to be Wayne. Wayne proceeds to drive Michael out of town for an execution, but Michael manages to elude him. Flagging down a driver on the road who is driving back into Red Rock, they return to the bar, where the driver offers to buy Michael a drink. As Michael accepts the offer of a drink, he realizes that he is drinking with the real "Lyle from Dallas" (Dennis Hopper) who is awaiting Wayne's return.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
One of the best neo-noirs of the 1990s, Red Rock West -- though razor-sharp and cast to perfection -- cannot fully escape its familiarity in a genre that had by this point been done to death. But thanks to taut and absorbing direction, the film offers much entertainment value to viewers who are willing to let it take them on its strange but irresistible journey. Nicolas Cage is sympathetic and well cast in the lead role, and Dennis Hopper creates yet another of his indelible onscreen weirdos, imbuing the characterization with his standard intensity. The movie gets the booze-soaked, dusty-outback feel just right, and though it's hardly the most endearing picture ever made, it is a notable throwback to films of the 1970s that managed to be clever and calculated without the smarmy pretension of today's imitators. Like John Dahl's even better 1994 follow-up The Last Seduction, Red Rock West premiered on cable, building up a considerable following that led to its successful release in arthouses all over the country, where many audiences discovered it for the first time.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/07/2010
UPC:
0014381689228
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
R
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
10,630

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nicolas Cage Michael
Dennis Hopper Lyle
Lara Flynn Boyle Suzanne
J.T. Walsh Wayne
Timothy Carhart Deputy Greytack
Dwight Yoakam Truck Driver
Dan Shor Deputy Bowman
Michael Rudd Red Rock Bartender
Jeff Levine Country Girl Bartender
Robert Beecher Caretaker

Technical Credits
John Dahl Director,Screenwriter
Frank Ceglia Special Effects
Scott Chestnut Editor
Don Diers Art Director
Terry Dresbach Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Golin Producer
Michael Kuhn Executive Producer
Marc Reshovsky Cinematographer
Robert Pearson Production Designer
Sigurjon Sighvatsson Producer
Kate J. Sullivan Set Decoration/Design
Mike Topoozian Asst. Director
William Olvis Score Composer
Patty York Makeup

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Start [3:26]
2. A Formality [6:04]
3. Wayne [5:45]
4. Suzanne [3:29]
5. No Joke [1:03]
6. Kurt [2:16]
7. At the Hospital [2:20]
8. Sheriff Brown [1:11]
9. Escaping the Law [4:25]
10. Lyle From Dallas [4:22]
11. Red Rock Bar [3:22]
12. On the Beam [1:37]
13. Hitching a Ride [2:19]
14. Back at the Ranch [8:19]
15. One Drink [3:35]
16. A Better Idea [2:56]
17. "Tell Me About Mexico" [2:54]
18. Cashing Out [3:01]
19. Under Arrest [1:50]
20. Kevin & Ann McCord [3:32]
21. Creating a Diversion [1:38]
22. Jail Break [3:26]
23. "Nice Driving, Mike" [4:37]
24. Diggin' for Dollars [4:55]
25. "We Ain't Partners?" [3:30]
26. Hitman Hit [1:52]
27. Last Train Out [2:10]
28. "Go Get It" [7:59]
Side #2 -- Fullscreen
1. Start [3:26]
2. A Formality [6:04]
3. Wayne [5:45]
4. Suzanne [3:29]
5. No Joke [1:03]
6. Kurt [2:16]
7. At the Hospital [2:20]
8. Sheriff Brown [1:11]
9. Escaping the Law [4:25]
10. Lyle From Dallas [4:22]
11. Red Rock Bar [3:22]
12. On the Beam [1:37]
13. Hitching a Ride [2:19]
14. Back at the Ranch [8:19]
15. One Drink [3:35]
16. A Better Idea [2:56]
17. "Tell Me About Mexico" [2:54]
18. Cashing Out [3:01]
19. Under Arrest [1:50]
20. Kevin & Ann McCord [3:32]
21. Creating a Diversion [1:38]
22. Jail Break [3:26]
23. "Nice Driving, Mike" [4:37]
24. Diggin' for Dollars [4:55]
25. "We Ain't Partners?" [3:30]
26. Hitman Hit [1:52]
27. Last Train Out [2:10]
28. "Go Get It" [7:59]

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Red Rock West 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
anselmus More than 1 year ago
This is quite a good film, entertaining and exciting, benefitting from good direction and acting. The story is unbelievable, of course, but the performances, an element of humor and the twisty plot make it entertaining. Including the femme fatale, the same formula worked well in The Big Sleep, Out of the Past, Gilda, The Maltese Falcon and many other noir films. For me one of the best of this type was Murder My Sweet with Dick Powell. Comparing the two one can see how many elements they have in common, although Cage's character, though similarly down on his luck, isn't a detective. Red Rock West has Leonard Maltin's recommendation and is worth seeing, at least once and perhaps more often, if your tastes run in this direction.
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