Land of the Blind (2006)



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The debut film by director Robert Edwards, Land of the Blind, is a political satire starring Ralph Fiennes as a military man who helps overthrow his government. He does so at the urging of a political prisoner, played by Donald Sutherland, who has been outspoken about the corruption of the current regime. The soldier learns that corruption may in fact be an inevitable part of having power. Set in an unnamed country without ever giving indication of a specific time period, the allegorical film had its North American debut at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.
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Tom Hollander
as Maximilian
Lara Flynn Boyle
as First Lady
Ron Cook
as Doc
Laura Fraser
as Madeleine
Harry Eden
as 12-year-old Guard
Jodhi May
as Joe's Mother
John Sharian
as Guy on Next Stool
Stephen Moyer
as Johnny Boy Barth
Mem Ferda
as Guard
Mark Dymond
as Roger Jolly Lyme
Robert Daws
as Jones
Dominic Coleman
as Skinny Comedian
Phillip Rosch
as Joe's Mother's Man
Don Warrington
as First Sergeant
Leigh Zimmerman
as Anchorwoman
Alan Westaway
as Hostage
Michael Smiley
as Lieutenant
Nigel Whitmey
as Anchorman
Robert Jezek
as Second Official
Avin Shah
as Prisoner S-14
Jonathan Emmett
as Prisoner
Enoch Frost
as Deranged Prisoner
George Potts
as Fat Comedian
Max Harvey
as Butler
Bruce Wang
as Officer
John Shandiland
as Joe (age 6)
Leo Potter
as 10-year-old Junior
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Critic Reviews for Land of the Blind

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (11)

The only matter that interests is the question of Fiennes's presence in this political lesson for children.

July 10, 2006
The New Republic
Top Critic

About as subtle as its all too obvious title would suggest.

July 6, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

An indelible portrait of the contradictions of power.

Full Review… | June 28, 2006
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Writer-director Robert Edwards frantically throws in references to Orwell (Animal Farm and 1984), Lady Macbeth, Yeats, Mao, etc.

June 16, 2006
New York Post
Top Critic

Robert Edward's satirical allegory shamelessly borrows ideas from Orwell's 1984, then tramples them into the dust.

June 15, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

If satire is the thing that closes on Saturday night, then political satire is usually doomed to close one night earlier. In the case of a pretentious monstrosity called Land of the Blind, it's a miracle it ever opened at all.

June 14, 2006
New York Observer
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Audience Reviews for Land of the Blind

I'm a fan of Fiennes but this script had to have sounded better in theory than it looked in reality.

bill secor
bill secor

Even if wasn't for the patheticallly thin political message this movie would still be garbage. This could be the worst script I have ever been privy to. Not even such normally stellar actors as Fiennes and Sutherland could add anything to this. Not surprisingly, Edwards has not had an original work of fiction prior to or after this. What a waste.

Jeff B
Jeff B

Land of the Blind I picked up this film not knowing anything about it. Found it in a pawn shop for $3.00 it was worth that. I like most of the movies that Donald Sutherland stars in, but this one was a little different and nothing he did stood out. Its about a political Prisoner who spent years being beaten, starved, and trying to control his mind, A guard played by Ralph Fiennes helps him escape. After escaping Sutherland overthrown the government of one Maximilian II by killing him and his beautiful wife ( Think I would have kept her around, sure she would have seen things my way with a little persuasion). After being in charge awhile the people are no better off under Sutherlands Leadership as they were under Maximilian's matter fact things are worst (Sound Familiar kind of like Iraq). Fiennes is now the one in prison (retraining camp) at the end of the movie, telling the story. Movie didn't do much for me, but I am sure there will be some who swear by it. 3 Stars from My Mind.

Bruce Bruce
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