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Stars and Bars (1988)

Stars and Bars





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Though a fine cast was assembled for this comedy, none can save this embarrassingly humorless satire. Henderson Dores (Daniel-Day Lewis) is a very proper British art expert sent to rural Georgia by his boss to purchase a painting by Renoir. The present owner, hillbilly Loomis Gage (Harry Dean Stanton), claims he bought the painting for $500 in France in 1946. Dores offers $10 million, but Gage's scheming son Freeborn (Maury Chaykin) has made a deal with a rival art dealer for $15 million. Steven Wright plays Dores' business rival Pruitt with his typical deadpan charm, and Joan Cusack and Laurie Metcalf provide romantic interest. Tea and crumpets collide with moonshine and cornbread in this feature, but the results are unpalatable.more
Rating: R
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: William Boyd
In Theaters:
Columbia Pictures Corporation


Daniel Day-Lewis
as Henderson Dores
Maury Chaykin
as Freeborn
Keith David
as Teagarden
Spalding Gray
as Rev. Cardew
Glenne Headly
as Cora Gage
Bill Moor
as Beeby
Deirdre O'Connell
as Shanda Gage
Will Patton
as Duane Gage
Sergio Aguirre
as Small Boy in Canoe
Bruce Taylor
as General
Lit Connah
as Lady at Auction
Bob Bost
as Auctioneer
Peter Cherevas
as Hot Dog Vendor
Ingrid Buxbaum
as Photographer
Tim Ware
as Bartender
Darlene Jamerson
as Indian Maiden
Scott Allan Christof...
as Cavalry Bellman
Lit Conah
as Lady at Auction
Elaine Falone
as Waitress
Lisa Pastorino
as Woman in Canoe
Mat Hoffman
as Pursuer
Jeff Lewis
as Pursuer #1
Matt Hoffman
as Pursuer #2
Mark Heffernan
as Pursuer #3
Robby Preddy
as Hotel Receptionist
Allison Biggers
as Hotel Receptionist
Randy Cash
as Diner #1
Jim Aycock
as Father in Canoe
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Works as a portrait of how one man forges a new personality while some terrible things are happening to him.

Full Review… | August 28, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Stars and Bars

When American producers saw Daniel Day-Lewis, they brought him over here with a huge contract and gave him a comedy script. He is brilliant, with microscopic precision, as in everything, and the movie does kind of linger in your memory, but the script is so very bad that he never did a comedy again. You should not miss his other comedy, though: Eversmile, New Jersey--deserves to be a noted classic, and isn't even listed on this site. You can get VHS tapes of it on ebay, though.

Kevin Orlin Johnson

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