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The Sunchaser (1996)




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Michael Cimino, the director of The Deer Hunter and the ill-fated Heaven's Gate, helmed this bizarre New Age action picture in 1996. Based on a screenplay by Charles Leavitt, the film stars Woody Harrelson as Dr. Michael Reynolds, a rich, young L.A. physician who worries more about promotions and buying a $2 million home for his family than about his patients. Reynolds is assigned a 16-year-old convicted murderer, Brandon Monroe (Jon Seda), as his new patient. Brandon is a half-Cherokee gang member who killed his own stepfather, has terminal cancer, resents his privileged doctors, and has beaten up several pediatricians who've tried to care for him. Brandon gets a gun while going to the bathroom at the hospital and kidnaps Reynolds, stealing a car. While constantly threatening his doctor's life, Brandon takes him on a trip to an Arizona Indian reservation with the aim of immersing himself in a magic lake which native tradition says has healing powers. Along the way, the pair meet up with motorcycle gang members, rattlesnakes, and several New Age philosophers. Eventually, the materialistic doctor and the young tough gain a grudging respect for each other's values, and Reynolds even steals money to buy Brandon medicine.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
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Written By: Charles Leavitt
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On DVD: Oct 13, 2009
Warner Home Video


Woody Harrelson
as Dr. Michael Reynolds
Jon Seda
as Brandon `Blue' Monro...
Anne Bancroft
as Dr. Renata Baumbauer
Alexandra Tydings
as Victoria Reynolds
Matt Mulhern
as Dr. Chip Byrnes
Talisa Soto
as Navajo Woman
Richard Bauer
as Dr. Bradford
Victor Aaron
as Webster Skyhorse
Lawrence Pressman
as A.I.C. Collier
Michael O'Neill
as Agt. Moreland
Brooke Ashley
as Calantha
Brett Harrelson
as Young Highway Patrol...
Robert Downey Sr.
as Telephone Voices
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Critic Reviews for The Sunchaser

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (6)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | May 29, 1996
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for The Sunchaser


The miscasting of Woody Harrelson as a cerebral physician is only the first mistake made by this fine combination of road thriller and male-bonding movie.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


It drags, is somewhat cliched and is improvable in its writing. However, the compelling story, progressive increase in that compellingness, a decent performance from Seda and a notably solid and extremely diverse performance from Harrelson leave "The Sunchaser" to be an imperfect, but still pretty decent film.

Cameron W. Johnson
Cameron Johnson

Super Reviewer

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