Sure Fire

Sure Fire

Director: Jon Jost

Cast: Jon Jost, Tom Blair, Robert Ernst, Denis Brown

     
 

Like Last Chants for a Slow Dance, Jon Jost's Sure Fire features Tom Blair in a dark, tragic character study. Blair plays Wes, a small-time real estate tycoon with big plans to lure urban Californians to his rural Utah town with the promise of cheap vacation homes. Wes applies his scheming business sense to every part of his life, from deciding on a giftSee more details below

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Like Last Chants for a Slow Dance, Jon Jost's Sure Fire features Tom Blair in a dark, tragic character study. Blair plays Wes, a small-time real estate tycoon with big plans to lure urban Californians to his rural Utah town with the promise of cheap vacation homes. Wes applies his scheming business sense to every part of his life, from deciding on a gift for his wife to paying off his friend Larry's (Robert Ernst) debts to keep him under his thumb. The film culminates during a hunting trip, when Wes' troubled relationship with his teenage son, Phillip (Phillip R. Brown), leads to a shocking end.

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In contrast to the overly mannered All the Vermeers in New York, the film that preceded it, Sure Fire finds director Jon Jost returning to the setting that inspired his innovative early features Last Chants for a Slow Dance and Bell Diamond: the contemporary American West. It also reunites him with Tom Blair, the star of Last Chants, who gives another riveting, psychologically complex performance. Blair's Wes is like something out of a Shakespearean tragedy -- the king of his own tiny domain, whose thirst for power has blinded him to the resentment brewing within those closest to him. Like in his other collaborations with Jost, Last Chants and The Bed You Sleep In, Blair's obvious rapport with his director deepens his performance, making this one of Jost's most consistently compelling and accomplished films. Working for the first time in 35 mm, Jost made it with a crew of two (himself and a sound recordist), but the film's technical polish rivals that of Hollywood features. Punctuated by Biblical quotes, haunting music, and contemplative shots of the Utah landscape in crisp autumnal light, Sure Fire marks a high point in Jost's filmmaking career.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/25/2002
UPC:
0723339113998
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
NR
Source:
World Artists
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:23:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; Commentary by Tom Blair and producer Henry S. Rosenthal; Commentary by composer Erling Wold; "Sure Fire Suite" - concert version of score by Erling Wold; Production still archive; Filmographies/awards; Production notes; Scene selection

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Dedication [:11]
2. Cafe [7:54]
3. Credits/Main Title [2:05]
4. Retirees... Phoenix... Not That Far [3:12]
5. Always Busy [:33]
6. One Eternal Round [2:50]
7. Communication 1 [5:01]
8. Stuck Bird [3:10]
9. Targets [6:40]
10. Stress [7:49]
11. Hit 'Em With That Good Ol' Relaxed Country Livin' [2:54]
12. Rod of Iron [3:24]
13. Communication 2 [11:07]
14. First Rifle [4:49]
15. First Kill [1:53]
16. Communication 3 [5:29]
17. The Hunt [4:20]
18. The Kill [2:22]
19. No End [3:16]
20. End Credits [2:54]

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