Collaborator (2012)

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Robert Longfellow (Martin Donovan) is a famous playwright who can't seem to catch a break. His recent Broadway play was met with horrible reviews and an early cancellation, and his marriage is being tested as an old flame (Olivia Williams) has reentered his life during a particular moment of weakness. Retreating back to his childhood home to visit his mother (Katherine Helmond), Robert crosses paths with his childhood neighbor, Gus (David Morse). A right-wing, ex-con who still lives at home with … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Martin Donovan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 8, 2014
Runtime:
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Cast


as Robert Longfellow

as Emma Stiles

as Gus Williams

as Irene Longfellow

as Alice Longfellow

as Betty Williams

as Maurice LaFont

as Janey Hewlit

as Radio Host

as Radio Host

as SWAT Cop

as News Anchor

as News Anchor

as David Piro

as Officer Revel

as Detective
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Critic Reviews for Collaborator

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (10)

Oddly, it's Donovan's performance here that proves the movie's weakest link, though his writing and helming tie for a close second.

Full Review… | July 19, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Morse and Donovan hold us rapt in this clearly told tale about identity confusion.

Full Review… | July 17, 2012
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

What really matters is the interplay between two fine actors, the icy Donovan and the fiery Morse.

Full Review… | July 12, 2012
Toronto Star
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Both characters are riveting, and they even manage to earn most of the freight that Donovan loads onto his heavily ironic title.

Full Review… | July 6, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

An exceedingly earnest, high-minded hostage drama in which any visceral tension is secondary to topical debates by a captor and his prisoner.

Full Review… | July 5, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

Writer-director-star Martin Donovan can't connect the dots; the film is a ponderous bore.

Full Review… | July 5, 2012
NPR
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Collaborator

½

Slow moving, but really quite enjoyed this. Interesting story about a writer who returns home to visit his mother after a professional set back. He revisits the girl he left behind and gets into more than he bargained for with the neighbour, a 57 year old man who has never left home and has a few issues of his own.
Definitely an original story, and the usual good acting you can expect from Martin Donovan.

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Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

After two straight flops on Broadway, playwright Robert Longfellow(Martin Donovan, who also wrote and directed) needs to desperately recharge his batteries. So, he returns home to Los Angeles to visit his mother(Katherine Helmond) while his wife Alice(Melissa Auf der Maur) and two children stay behind. While there, he is hired to do some script doctoring before meeting with Emma(Olivia Williams), an actress and old friend, who has better ideas, not only professionaly but personally. Seeing as how Robert is so busy, it might be understandable how he has not been able to find the time to have a beer with Gus(David Morse), a friend from the neighborhood.

"Collaborator" is a movie that defly defies expectations and cliches by taking a low key approach to the material. The lone exception is a remarkable emotional explosion that one character has kept pent up for decades to thankfully express an opinion which I have also been waiting a long time for somebody else to bring up, even if it has to come from a character who is so smug. Since they were shaped in different ways by the same incident, Robert probably looks at Gus in a 'there but for the grace of you-know-who, go I' kind of way; clues to which are slowly revealed throughout the movie. In other words, Robert cannot escape his past, just as his present is unraveling, despite his success in life.

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Walter M.

Super Reviewer

I had wondered where Martin Donovan had gone after being a staple in so many Hal Hartley films. It turns out that he was preparing to do this one..an act/direct job that is sharply written and benefits from two wonderful character actors. David Morse is unbelievable.

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John Ballantine

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