Lone Star Reviews
Even better than expected. Billed as a murder-mystery, it is that, and more. The murder-mystery part is very original and intriguing, and you're kept guessing right to the end.
Around this, writer-director John Sayles spins several human-drama stories, spanning 40 years, each of which deserve a movie of their own. Even the relationships side is not without intrigue, so the whole movie requires you to piece together the puzzle, like a good drama should.
Superb performance by Chris Cooper in the lead role. How he didn't get an Oscar nomination, I don't know. Good support from Elizabeth Pena, Joe Morton and Kris Kristofferson. Matthew McConaughey's character, though crucial to the plot, has very little screen time. Minor appearance from Frances McDormand too.
Wins Lone Star Film & Television Awards: Best Actor, Chris Cooper; Best Director, John Sayles; Best Film; Best Screenplay, John Sayles; Best Supporting Actor, Ron Canada; Best Supporting Actress, Frances McDormand; 1996.
Belgian Syndicate of Cinema Critics; Grand Prix
Independent Spirit Awards: Independent Spirit Award; Best Supporting Female, Elizabeth Peņa ; 1997.
Bravo Awards: NCLR Bravo Award Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film, Elizabeth Peņa; Special Achievement Award Outstanding Feature Film; 1997.
Satellite Awards: Golden Satellite Award; Best Motion Picture Screenplay - Original, John Sayles; 1997.
Society of Texas Film Critics Awards: Best Director, John Sayles; Best Screenplay, John Sayles.
Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards: SEFCA Award; Best Director, John Sayles; 1997.
NominationsAcademy Awards: Oscar; Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, John Sayles; 1997.
Bravo Awards: NCLR Bravo Award; Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film, Tony Plana; 1996.
British Academy of Film and Television Arts: BAFTA Film Award; Best Screenplay - Original, John Sayles; 1997.
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards: BFCA Award Best Picture; 1997.
Casting Society of America: Artios; Best Casting for Feature Film, Drama, Avy Kaufman; 1997.
Golden Globes: Golden Globe; Best Screenplay - Motion Picture, John Sayles; 1997.
Independent Spirit Awards: Independent Spirit Award; Best Feature, R. Paul Miller and Maggie Renzil; Best Male Lead, Chris Cooper; Best Screenplay, John Sayles; 1997.
Satellite Awards: Golden Satellite Award; Best Motion Picture - Drama, R. Paul Miller and Maggie Renzi; 1997.
Writers Guild of America: WGA Award (Screen); Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, John Sayles; 1997
I think that Frances McDormand as Bunny was absolutely brilliant throughout this movie as she plays the role so well throughout this movie.....man this is such a gripping/thrilling movie 2 watch, its got such a fantastic cast throughout this movie......its got such a great cast throughout this movie......I think that this is such a really powerful drama movie 2 watch, it is such a really sad movie 2 watch, but it is such a brilliant movie 2 watch, with a great cast throughout this movie.......WARNING IN SOME SCENES THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE IT CONTAINS STROBE LIGHTNING EFFECTS THROGHOUT SOME SCENES THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE......MAN THIS IS SUCH A GREAT MOVIE 2 WATCH........