Equinox (1992)




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Alan Rudolph wrote and directed this typically off-beat drama. A brief romantic liaison between a wealthy European and an American ballet dancer results in a pair of identical twins, who are separated and raised by others shortly after birth. Henry (Matthew Modine) was adopted by Pete (M. Emmet Walsh), an auto mechanic, and Henry grows up to follow in his Pete's footsteps. Emotionally fragile, Henry is in a relationship with Beverly (Lara Flynn Boyle), a rich but painfully shy woman who is terrified by sex. Henry, however, finds his own sexual appetite increasing, and he becomes involved with Rosie (Marisa Tomei), a prostitute living in his neighborhood. Meanwhile, Henry's brother, Freddy (also played by Matthew Modine), lives in the same city, though they've never met. Freddy is a gangster and hired killer working for crime kingpin Mr. Paris (Fred Ward). While Freddy is cool and confident on the surface, deep down he hates his job and tells his wife, Sharon (Lori Singer), that he wishes he had enough money to quit and move away. As fate would have it, Freddy and Henry's mother, who sank into a severe depression after losing her children and her lover, has died, leaving a substantial fortune to her two sons, who must now meet in order to collect their inheritance. Equinox premiered at the 1992 Seattle Film Festival, though it would not open theatrically until a year later.
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Matthew Modine
as Henry Petosa/Freddy Ace
Lara Flynn Boyle
as Beverly Franks
Fred Ward
as Paris
Tyra Ferrell
as Sonya Kirk
Lori Singer
as Sharon Ace
M. Emmet Walsh
as Pete Petosa
Gailard Sartain
as Dandridge
Tony Genaro
as Eddie Gutierrez
Angel Aviles
as Anna Gutierrez
Kristen Ellickson
as Young Helena
Pat Clemons
as Helena
Debra Dusay
as Judith Hamner
Les Podewell
as Jerome Hamner
Carlos Sanz
as Harold
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson
as Self-Defense Victim
Isabell Monk
as Apartment Manager
Billy Silva
as Sabujii
Diane Wheeler-Nicholson
as Self-Defense Victim/Drunk Woman
Elizabeth Gray
as Large Woman on Bus
Matthew Dudley
as Henry's Neighborhood Tough
John Sargent
as 2nd Neighborhood Tough
Shirley Venard
as Ville Capri Waitress
Frank Davis
as Marsh
Ken Earl
as Banker
Pancho Demmings
as Morgue Worker
Craig Hosking
as Helicopter Pilot
Jack Walsh
as Newspaper Man
Vanni Corbellini
as (not in credits)
André Wilms
as (not in credits)
Vincent Curto
as Gangster
Frank Davis
as Marsh
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Critic Reviews for Equinox

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July 11, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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Time Out
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May 20, 2003
New York Times
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May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Audience Reviews for Equinox

what is missed by the reviews is the layered psychological complexity. Living with consuming fear vs living with none. About growing up in an orphanage and learning to be hard vs growing up with an emotionally disturbed father, who fails ti teach his son about personal power. It show cases the lives of those who obviously suffered coming up and how those early injuries continue to haunt them. Like so many movies about the the psychologically injured, no one goes to a therapist - no one sorts it out. This movie is sublime and its power is easily missed, as is evidenced by all the negative reviews.

mike etts
mike etts

For this sort of film to resonate, the inner mood of the characters must be reflected, but with Modine's flat performances, the main character remains frustratingly opaque.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

Horrible acting, shotty special effects, and sloppy transitions... and I LOVED IT! There's something interesting about watching a movie like this that freeze frames the era when it was made. I wasn't too happy with the ending and I pretty much saw it coming but it was great to laugh at the movie throughout. I think it was unintentionally funny because for the most part this movie took itself VERY seriously.

Peter Haywood
Peter Haywood

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