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The Passion of Darkly Noon (1995)

The Passion of Darkly Noon




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For his second outing as a director, filmmaker Philip Ridley once again enlisted the talents of Viggo Mortensen, who starred in Ridley's debut, The Reflecting Skin, and co-stars here with Ashley Judd and Brendan Fraser. Fraser plays Darkley Noon, a disturbed young man who received a sheltered upbringing from his strict Christian parents. When the elder Noons pass on, Darkly wanders off aimlessly until he is picked up by a passing truck driver named Jude (Loren Dean). Jude leaves the physically worn Darkly with Callie (Judd) and Clay (Mortensen), a young married couple. As Callie cares for Darkly, he begins to develop romantic and sexual feelings for her, feelings that threaten to turn violent when Darkly is taunted by the love between Callie and Clay.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Philip Ridley
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 24, 1996
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Brendan Fraser
as Darkly Noon
Lou Meyers
as Quincey
Josse De Pauw
as Ringmaster
Knut Samel
as Ringmaster's Family ...
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Critic Reviews for The Passion of Darkly Noon

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

By the time you get to the giant glittering silver shoe floating in the river, you'll know whether The Passion of Darkly Noon is your kind of insanity.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009

An off-beat, haunting, overwrought fairy tale for adults.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

November 9, 2005

Full Review… | November 25, 2002

Audience Reviews for The Passion of Darkly Noon


An interesting movie. Darkly is nursed to health by the hot Callie (Ashley Judd). When her boyfriend returns, Darkly is conflicted - he was raised by deeply religious parents vs his obsession for Callie. You get more and more uncomfortable as the movie advances to its inevitable conclusion. Mind you, I hate obscure stuff like the big shiny boot floating on a lake.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

One of my all time least favorite movies.

FanGirl Browncoat

Super Reviewer


A truly bizarre film featuring a lot of future stars (Brendan Fraser, Viggo Mortensen, and Ashley Judd), The Passion of Darkly Noon follows a young man who escapes from a cult and attempts to fit in with a modern couple living in a rural location. Unfortunately, Darkly''s (yes, that's his name) love for the beautiful young woman begins to drive him insane once her mute boyfriend returns. Intensely strange and definitely original, The Passion of Darkly Noon delivers a few moments of twistedness but ultimately fails to entirely make up for its somewhat idiotic aesthetic.

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