Waking the Dead

Waking the Dead

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Director: Keith Gordon

Cast: Billy Crudup, Jennifer Connelly, Molly Parker

     
 

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A man finds his melancholy turning to madness in this thriller. Young lawyer Fielding Pierce (Billy Crudup) has just thrown his hat in the ring for an upcoming congressional election. He has also been haunted by the memory of his girlfriend Sarah (Jennifer Connelly), who recently died in a car bombing -- and haunted not just figuratively but literally: he's seeing… See more details below

Overview

A man finds his melancholy turning to madness in this thriller. Young lawyer Fielding Pierce (Billy Crudup) has just thrown his hat in the ring for an upcoming congressional election. He has also been haunted by the memory of his girlfriend Sarah (Jennifer Connelly), who recently died in a car bombing -- and haunted not just figuratively but literally: he's seeing apparitions of Sarah everywhere, and he's starting to wonder if she's really there or if he's going mad. Waking the Dead is based on a novel by Scott Spencer, who also wrote Endless Love, and directed by actor-turned-filmmaker Keith Gordon.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Eschewing the predictable formulas from which most screen romances are concocted, Waking the Dead presents a complex, sophisticated, and highly intriguing love story. In his adaptation of Scott Spencer's critically acclaimed novel, writer-director Keith Gordon (The Chocolate War) maintains the book's multilayered narrative structure and fractured chronology, challenging the viewer to keep up with dizzying changes in time and place. Billy Crudup portrays an erstwhile politician and lifelong adherent to the status quo, determined to work within the system but madly in love with a beautiful, passionate activist played by Jennifer Connelly, who's fervently committed to effecting change from without. Her apparent death in a car bombing sends the stiff-backed politico into a tailspin. But is she really dead? Has she returned to rescue him from his soul-numbing ways? Emotionally demanding and quietly compelling, Waking the Dead will stimulate viewers with its unique perspective.
All Movie Guide
A film about the lingering legacies of the '60s, Waking the Dead divides its time between the early '70s, when the influence of the activism-oriented counterculture began to wane, and the early '80s, when its influence seemed to have diminished altogether. Though the film occasionally plays as though its dialogue needed another polish, and the abundance of deleted scenes on the DVD version is actually apparent within the film itself, other virtues carry the movie. Both Billy Crudup and Jennifer Connelly (who turned into a fine actress in the late '90s after too many cheesecake roles) deliver soulful, affecting performances. It's director Keith Gordon's remarkable sense of time and place and the film's sustained melancholy tone, however, that prove the most memorable, using the supernatural to capture an extremely real sense of disillusionment.
Entertainment Weekly - Bruce Fretts
Director Keith Gordon (A Midnight Clear) achieves an often impressive intimacy with his actors...

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2000
UPC:
0696306009931
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
R
Source:
Polygram Usa Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Billy Crudup Fielding Pierce
Jennifer Connelly Sarah Williams
Molly Parker Juliet Beck
Janet McTeer Caroline Pierce
Paul Hipp Danny Pierce
Sandra Oh Kim
Hal Holbrook Isaac Green
Lawrence Z. Dane Governor Kinosis

Technical Credits
Keith Gordon Director,Producer
Renee April Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Dillon Screenwriter
Jodie Foster Executive Producer
Pedro Gandol Asst. Director
Richard Hicks Casting
Stuart Kleinman Producer
Irene Litinsky Co-producer
Linda Reisman Producer
Tom Richmond Cinematographer
Zoe Sakellaropoulo Production Designer
Tomandandy Score Composer
Jeff Wishengrad Editor
Ronnie Yeskel Casting

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