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"Put Simply . . . it's Wonderful."
5 stars

As someone with great respect for the theater, this film is both satisfying in content and interesting in terms of the theater techniques that were utilized in the actual making of it.

I do not need to list the enormously wonderful cast of this movie. I will say that most (if not all) of their performances were flawless and the characters are brilliantly depicted (both the real and fictional ones). The themes of capatalism, art, morality, prostitution, unions, etc, etc, are all well balanced with comedic moments, serious moments, tender moments, and just an all around high amount of energy.

Each scene flowed one into the other. Even with the many characters and the many sub-stories, everything remained clear, coherent, purposeful and constantly entertaining.

It would be unfair to pick a certain actor/performer out of this piece and write about them because every person from the leads down to the extras added something to this movie. I am not exaggerating when I say the extras. In the performance scene especially, it is at least a third their energy and natural response that makes the segment as powerful as it is.

The talent is everywhere you look. Even in terms of the cinematography which is unique in it's long takes and well-incorporated movement.
This is definitely a film with substance and beauty. It has many many wonderful moments and it's worth every dollar you spend on it.

You'll leave feeling . . . wonderful.

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originally posted: 11/20/99 04:37:18
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2/22/11 Paco Red bastards are great! 1 stars
8/15/10 Fgplex "Strange muses"? That was Brecht! Do you use Internets? 5 stars
7/07/10 brian Written & directed by Tim Robbins, who desperately needed someone to pare down his vision. 3 stars
10/23/03 laurabetty a bit confusing at times, but enjoyable 3 stars
3/23/03 Jack Sommersby A collage of too many subplots and not enough cohesion to any of them. 1 stars
2/11/03 Gerardo Raschcovsky A movie to be seen now, days before a new war 5 stars
5/26/02 PeterGibbons Who is this Vidmar fuck? Go get in line for StarWhores III, you blob. Talk about krunk! 4 stars
5/03/01 BrainPan Very enjoyable. And any movie with Tenacious D is instantly credible. 4 stars
7/24/00 Monday Morning Overblown, incoherent, amazingly annoying. Waste of time and money. 1 stars
1/29/00 Ami the Wonderbread AHHHH. For anyone who loves theatre and the 30's, this rocks. 5 stars
1/24/00 Cibeus It wasn't entertaining, and it wasn't clear enough to be educational. Nice cast, well shot. 3 stars
1/20/00 H'woog bigshot Horrible beyond belief. Please Robbins, go away forever 1 stars
1/15/00 Kevin Cho FANTASTIC Cast! But Tim Burton has to work on flaws and approaching controversy. 3 stars
1/12/00 casey absolutely terrific 5 stars
1/05/00 Allen Konigsberg Best Sign Armageddon should have come at Y2K: Robbins still gets gigs. 1 stars
12/31/99 Raymondo Intricate fascinating tapestry, but Robbins and cast made it look easy. 5 stars
12/31/99 jenn "Blu Smrf" amazing film! art for the big screen, one of the best movies of the year! 5 stars
12/30/99 Malbert Some good parts...Redgrave&Azaria&Turturro were great! what happened to cary elwes??? 3 stars
12/19/99 Thomas Pompous and painfully self-congratulatory. 1 stars
12/19/99 Mr Showbiz Consistently tops itself with marvellous ensemble acting and surprising character reveals. 5 stars
12/11/99 Jon Burdick Big effort...has flaws, but so did Hamlet. 5 stars
12/09/99 JM Incoherent screwup of a fascinating story 2 stars
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  25-Dec-1999 (R)



Directed by
  Tim Robbins

Written by
  Tim Robbins

  Bill Murray
  John Turturro
  Vanessa Redgrave
  Susan Sarandon
  Emily Watson

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