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Edmond (2005)



Critic Consensus: Despite an electrifying performance by William H. Macy, David Mamet's one-act morality play translates poorly into a film that is overburdened by dialogue.

Movie Info

An encounter with a fortune-teller leads businessman Edmond to confront the emptiness of his life and marriage. Appalled, he flees into the vortex of the city's underbelly, plummeting into a free fall he mistakes for liberation. To Edmond's surprise, it's dark outside: hookers charge, pimps are violent, and the guy on the corner is a conman. Edmond is robbed, beaten and left bewildered. But there's a strange comfort at the bottom. Exhilarated by a random act of violence, Edmond picks up a waitress, Glenna, but their riotous sex play leads first to conflict and then to murder. With nothing to lose but his liberty, Edmond spirals further out of control, towards prison, disintegration and a very brutal redemption.more
Rating: R (for violence, strong language, and sexual content including nudity and dialogue)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: David Mamet
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 3, 2006
First Independent Pictures - Official Site


William H. Macy
as Edmond Burke
Jeffrey Combs
as Desk Clerk
Joe Mantegna
as Man in Bar
Ling Bai
as Peep-Show Girl
Denise Richards
as Allegro B-girl
Dylan Walsh
as Interrogator
Dulé Hill
as Sharper
Debi Mazar
as Atlantic Leisure Clu...
Rebecca Pidgeon
as Edmond's Wife
George Wendt
as Pawn Shop Guy
Marcus Thomas
as Window Man
Jack Wallace
as Chaplain
Frances Bay
as Fortune Teller
Patricia Belcher
as Woman on the Train
Vanessa Born
as Kissing Girl in Elev...
Wren T. Brown
as Preacher
Michael Calder
as Deputy Sheriff
Mary Castro
as Black Hair Beauty
Aldis Hodge
as Leafleeter
Matt Landers
as The Bystander
Ryan March
as Bar Patron
Michael A. Saad
as Library Guard
Wendy Thompson
as Club Waitress
Bruce A. Young
as Police Officer
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Critic Reviews for Edmond

All Critics (76) | Top Critics (22)

Be thankful it's not longer; at 80 minutes, one may still derive some perverse pleasure from the silliness of it all.

Full Review… | July 6, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Quintessential David Mamet: brainy, playful, engaging.

Full Review… | November 17, 2006
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Hoy d%uFFFDa, (...) una pieza como Edmond no resulta todo lo inquietante que deber%uFFFDa. Eso quiz%uFFFDs sea lo verdaderamente llamativo.

Full Review… | April 27, 2008
Uruguay Total

"Edmond" is beyond black comedy, it's a comedy in almost total stygian darkness. A comedy where the laughs make you cough up razor blades.

Full Review… | April 20, 2008

Edmond is presented as the cold truth, but it's really just the truth of how the masculinist Mamet feels.

Full Review… | July 30, 2007

David Mamet's genius as a weaver of words and observer of human interaction is put on full display here ....

Full Review… | July 10, 2007
DVD Review

Audience Reviews for Edmond

Cast: William H. Macy, Julia Stiles, Joe Mantegna, Rebecca Pidgeon, Ling Bai, Denise Richards, Mena Suvari, Debi Mazar, Jeffrey Combs, Dulé Hill

Director: Stuart Gordon

Summary: With a David Mamet play as its inspiration, Edmond stars William H. Macy as the titular character, a businessman who undergoes a personal revolution after he heeds a psychic's call to change his life. In his quest for fulfillment, he abandons his wife and children, initiating a nightmarish descent into a certain kind of hell, a dark and dangerous world he's never known but that may wind up owning his soul.

My Thoughts: "This film is pretty brutal in it's words and actions. I personally didn't like the film for those reasons. But I will say it was pretty gratifying that Edmond Burke, in the end, became everything he hated and despised through the film. Also William H. Macy, although plays a hugely unlikeable character, did put in a great performance."


Super Reviewer


Not terrible. I think David Mamet is a pretty good writer, but a lesson in the meaning of life mixed with gay prison sex and senselessly killing Julia Stiles may not be the best stage for it. Then again, it would have been a pretty dull film otherwise. William H. Macy plays the only character he knows how: a douche bag who stammers out lies to everyone while having a total meltdown. Fine with me! Especailly when he's weilding a WWI survival knife with brass knuckles beating a mugger to death.

Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

Mamet? Brother. The word "ponderous" comes to mind. That's not good, by the way. "Embarrassing" also seems appropriate. Ah, I have my off times too. When weak writing and weak directing combine to undermine a project, there's rarely any escaping the vortex leading into the abyss. Acting to the rescue? When the foundation is this feeble, the acting has to be strong to hold the project together. Unfortunately, this isn't the case. Have I ever mentioned that I think William H. Macy is a very lucky actor? If not, just let me say that Macy puts on a full display of his acting ability in this one. To survive, he has to play to type. He is surviving. It's a borderline miracle. Can you imagine what someone like Jack Nicholson could have contributed to this piece of borat?

Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

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