Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1992. Carolco Pictures, Grain of Sand Productions, Seven Arts. Screenplay by Paul Schrader. Cinematography by Edward Lachman. Produced by Linda Reisman. Music by Michael Been. Production Design by Richard Hornung. Costume Design by Richard Hornung. Film Editing by Kristina Boden. Independent Spirit Awards 1992.
This excellent drama by Paul Schrader features a marvelous script and excellent performances. It stars Willem Dafoe as a drug dealer who gets wrapped up in some tricky schemes when his boss (Susan Sarandon) decides to shut down her business. Now he finds himself with a life unexamined and definitely half-lived. Sarandon is stunning in this very different, dark and unheroic role for her, while Dana Delany lends excellent support as Dafoe’s crestfallen girlfriend who learns more than she wants to know about him as the story progresses. Great photography, score and a terrific lead turn by Dafoe.