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In this off-beat yarn, a ballerina and a European aristocrat have an affair. She gets pregnant and bears twin boys who are adopted by different parents. One is Henry who grows up the son of an auto mechanic, Pete. Henry too becomes a mechanic and lives in a tenement building and dates a shy but wealthy young woman. His brother Freddy Ace, was raised in an orphanage and currently works as a thug for a psycho-gangster. He is tired of his job and tells his wife that he wants out. Henry has his own problems when he abandons his wealthy girl friend in favor of a hooker who ends up dead after he and her pimp get in a scuffle. Both of the twin's lives change when the body of a dead bag lady is found. Amongst her belongings is a letter that states that she is the twins mother and that both of them share a million dollar trust fund that can only be accessed with the word "equinox." … More
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Critic Reviews for Equinox
Though socially-minded in its concern for the moral decay of urban society, Equinox suffers from the usual Rudolph problems, low-key tone and incoherent text, made worse by Matthew Modine flat performance in a dual role.
Typically twisted Rudolph, with a great cast
Audience Reviews for Equinox
I have a great history with this film. I remember it played one weekend afternoon when I was a kid and on Monday my friends and I couldn't stop talking about it. It had all these monsters and fantastic effects and managed to be fun and scare the crap out of us at the same time.
Then came the day that I heard it influenced my favourite film, The Evil Dead. I thought it might have been that film with all the stop motion effects I remembered so fondly from my youth, but I think that had been called Equinox, not The Beast. Well, it was Equinox and I watched it again, both with nostalgia, and since I had forgotten so much of it (except the ending which had haunted me and my friends so much as kids) it was like seeing it for the first time again.
And then, as a full grown adult, the craziest thing of all happened, effin' Criterion released a double disc version of it! Criterion! If ever a movie deserved a double disc edition, sure I would say this one, but most people would (and did) scoff at the idea of this getting the deluxe treatment. Well, despite their whining, God must love me a whole bunch for this DVD. Now when I have kids I can't wait for them to feel the joy and scares of this wonderful little film (though I may skip ahead the sheriff molestation scene though I love that close up). Also, this is an odd instance I like the producers cut better than the filmmakers cut, but that's understandable since it was made by a bunch of kids. Highly recommended.
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