Red Dirt (1999)





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In this Southern gothic drama, Griffith (Dan Montgomery) has lived all his life in the poor Mississippi community of Pine Apple. While Griffith wants to move on and try to make something of his life, he's stranded in Pine Apple by his responsibilities to his crippled Aunt Summer (Karen Black) and his affair with his cousin Emily (Aleksa Palladino). A man from out of town (Walton Goggins) arrives and rents a cabin from Griffith; he soon finds himself attracted to the stranger, confronted by … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Tag Purvis
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On DVD: Oct 17, 2001



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Critic Reviews for Red Dirt

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Full Review… | March 27, 2009
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Full Review… | April 24, 2003
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | October 14, 2001

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April 24, 2003
Orlando Weekly

Audience Reviews for Red Dirt


Movies set in the deep South and which deal with the angst of life in the deep South always seem to have a certain flavor, however unintentional or not. 'Red Dirt' is certainly no exception.

Griffith has lived his entire life in small-town Mississippi and it shows. He is at once trapped in the oddly-named Pine Apple, MS and yet seemingly powerless to leave. Part of the 'trap' keeping him is his aunt -- whom we later learn has a skeleton in her genetic closet -- and his cousin, with whom he finds release of the sexual variety.

Griffith finds comfort -- and possible escape? -- in the form of Lee, a footloose man who happens by, finds cheap rent in exchange for handyman work, and finds more than mere freindship with Griffith, to the dismay of cousin Emily, who gradually comes to suspect -- and dislike -- the budding friendship.

The movie and characters may not haunt you for days after seeing this, but the 'feel' of the movie will linger and you will keep second-guessing yourself about having missed the clues that Griffith and Lee were growing, well, close. Not to worry: those clues weren't there. The movie lacks an entire section (Act III?) which should have showed the depth of Griffith's growing affection for Lee, although we sense Lee's attraction to Griffith from the get-go.

All-in-all, this is a nice film despite its weaknesses . . . but then, I say that about all movies set in the deep South.

chuck in-alaska

This film was beautifully shot, with wonderful cinematography. The acting was exceptional, and the characters believable. Though, I have to admit that this was one of the most depressing movies I've ever viewed. A few happy moments intermixed with a lot of gloom, with a slightly disappointing ending. Overall, I'd recommend this film, but keep in mind it's not very cheerful, and will not leave you with a great sense of happiness.

Daryl Van Hale

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