Lions Gate Films | Release Date: December 30, 1998
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YoonC.Sep 13, 2003
An intelligent and painstakingly crafted movie about the effects of parental abuse--sadistic temprament plus alcoholism--on children well into adulthood. Nolte plays a man who can never grow out of the traumas of his youth, as a An intelligent and painstakingly crafted movie about the effects of parental abuse--sadistic temprament plus alcoholism--on children well into adulthood. Nolte plays a man who can never grow out of the traumas of his youth, as a psychological cripple and prisoner of his father's tyranny; how even his view of the world is unalterably colored by the mood of fear and intimidation so pervasively injected into his soul like poison. Grim, depressing, harrowing, but rewarding. Expand
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MazRezDec 16, 2001
Definitely THE best movie i've ever seen. I felt Nolte did an amazing job!
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PatC.Dec 19, 2003
A surprisingly realistic rendition of life out of the limelight, and a tragedy of Shakespearean scope where we understand how we got where we are. Magnificent performances by Nolte & Coburn, who interact to show us what actors are capable of A surprisingly realistic rendition of life out of the limelight, and a tragedy of Shakespearean scope where we understand how we got where we are. Magnificent performances by Nolte & Coburn, who interact to show us what actors are capable of when portraying people as they are when they go awry. This is not escapist entertainment, it's a scary reminder of the bullets some of us have been fortunate enough to have dodged, so one may not want to watch it 10 times. When it's all over, the movie has made a powerful case that we all have redemptive qualities, but fails to point them out. McDonagh's review is correct: the characters could have been cradled a little more. Expand
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9
NedD.Sep 14, 2001
The kind of film that makes you want to hurl yourself in front of a speeding train, but in the best possible way. Painfully acute and powerfully cathartic. Definitely not a "happy" flick, which is fine with me.
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