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Red Rock West
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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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An down-on-his-luck drifter gets tangled in a mysterious web of intrigue and deceit after being mistaken for a hit man in this razor sharp neo-noir journey through the dusty West, presented on DVD from Columbia TriStar Home Video. Viewable in either 1.85:1 widescreen or standard 1.33:1 full-screen pan-and-scan, this release also features an English Dolby Digital

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An down-on-his-luck drifter gets tangled in a mysterious web of intrigue and deceit after being mistaken for a hit man in this razor sharp neo-noir journey through the dusty West, presented on DVD from Columbia TriStar Home Video. Viewable in either 1.85:1 widescreen or standard 1.33:1 full-screen pan-and-scan, this release also features an English Dolby Digital Surround soundtrack and an alternate Spanish Dolby Digital Stereo track with optional English, Spanish, and French subtitles. Explore this dark and fascinating journey with director John Dahl (The Last Seduction, 1994) on a director's commentary track and find out what makes this edge-of-your-seat cat-and-mouse thriller tick.

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:
08/10/1999
UPC:
0043396269798
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround]
Time:
1:37:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Interactive menus; English two-channel [Dolby Surround], Spanish; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French; Scene selections; Director's audio commentary; Widescreen and full-screen formats

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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