Sure Fire

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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 ...
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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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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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All Movie Guide
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2002
  • UPC: 723339113998
  • Original Release: 1990
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  • Source: World Artists
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:23:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 81,392

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Blair Wes
Robert Ernst Larry
Denis Brown Dennis
Kaye Evans Kaye
Technical Credits
Jon Jost Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Screenwriter
Jon A. English Score Composer
Henry Rosenthal Producer
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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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Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Filmographies
         Jon Jost Filmography
            Awards
         Tom Blair Filmography
      Original Theatrical Trailer
      Production Still Archive
      Tom Blair/Henry S. Rosenthal Commentary: On
      Tom Blair/Henry S. Rosenthal Commentary: Off
      Production Notes
      Sure Fire Suite: Concert Version of Score by Erling Wold
      Erling Wold Commentary: The Composer Discusses the Score
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