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Fool for Love (1985)

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Though there are several actors in Fool for Love, two share the majority of screen time: Sam Shepard as Eddie, and Kim Basinger as May. May toils away at a fleabag motel; Eddie is her former love, long absent. Unexpectedly re-entering May's life, Eddie picks up where he left off, and soon the couple is alternately bickering violently and making love with equal fervor. Peripheral characters include Harry Dean Stanton as a boozed-up bum, Martha Crawford as an aristocratic would-be murderer, and

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Apr 20, 2004

Cannon Films

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Fool For Love is too removed from the real world to connect as more than a spooky, extradimensional love story.

May 13, 2004 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Though most of the tension of the theatrical presentation is gone, the movie preserves a lot of the play's lunatic humor. It also understands the Shepard concern for characters who have somehow found themselves cut loose from any social roots.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Altman's staging only underlines the pretentious vagaries built into Shepard's concept.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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With Fool for Love, he has succeeded on two levels that seem opposed to each other. He has made a melodrama, almost a soap opera, in which the characters achieve a kind of nobility.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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The basic friction between Altman's lightness and Shepard's portentousness serves the movie in rich and ever-expanding ways, and not just because you can't ever predict how the narrative will swerve.

July 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
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It seems like a transplanted drama from the 1950s.

August 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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A scorching drama about the war between the sexes.

August 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
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