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This film is the product of an unlikely pairing between novelist Elmore Leonard and maverick screenwriter-director Paul Schrader. Leonard usually writes Detroit-based crime novels; this time, Schrader transports one of Leonard's quirkier, non-crime books to an L.A. scene. Christopher Walken plays slick ex-preacher and musical promoter Bill Hill, who is trying to rescue his former church organist Virginia Worrell (Conchata Ferrell) from an abusive husband. He enlists a former Franciscan priest, a
Feb 14, 1997 Wide
Mar 1, 2005
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The experience of seeing the film is subduing; the movie plays in a muted key.
Paul Schrader and comedy have probably never had more than a nodding acquaintance, and that's what they have in this tepid satire.
The end result is an effort that starts to vanish from one's memory minutes after it concludes...
Pleasantly entertaining and intelligent, it does not create enough of a spiritual mystery to move the heart, but watching the characters droolingly circle one another has its own, more earthly rewards.
A solid adaptation of Elmore Leonard's novel, with a nice lead performance by Skeet Ulrich.
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