Bright Angel (1991)




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This contemporary western stars Dermot Mulroney as a Montana teenager whose sanity is being eroded by his parent's domestic squabbles. Linking up with Lili Taylor, a Wyoming-bound transient with a checkered history, Mulroney embarks upon an odyssey of self-discovery. Unfortunately, he persists in crossing the paths of people even more emotionally disturbed than his mother and father. Adapted by Richard Ford from two of his short stories, Bright Angel is a film of short, pithy vignettes, handled with subtlety and sensitivity-at least until the unexpectedly brutal finale.
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Delroy Lindo
as Harley
Kevin Tighe
as The Man
Will Patton
as Woody
Tyde Kierney
as Detective
Alex Bulltail
as Sherman
Tom Connelly
as 1st Switchman
Tom Dixon
as Meat Locker Owner
Irving Jefferson
as Boxing Indian
Ed Kraft
as 2nd Switchman
Fred Oakland
as Greyhound Ticket Agent
Dan Old Elk
as Reservation Policeman
Julia Omvig
as Barmaid
Joyce Rogers
as Proprietress
Myrna Wilken
as Barmaid
Jaqueline R. Ziegler
as Jail Deputy
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Critic Reviews for Bright Angel

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

The spacious but authentic location shots set the mood for the danger that awaits the two innocents.

Full Review… | February 21, 2001
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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Full Review… | November 16, 2011

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July 23, 2005

Solidly acted, crisply directed, and freshly scripted.

July 16, 2005

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February 20, 2004
Las Vegas Review-Journal

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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Bright Angel seemed more of a movie to watch just because nothing else was on.It could've been a better if only everything didn't start happening at the end of the movie

Brody Manson
Brody Manson

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Bright Angel Starring: Dermot Mulroney, Bill Pullman, and Lili Taylor Set among the working-class and sub-criminal people who live in the desolate expanses of Montana and Oklahoma, "Bright Angel" is a kinda-sorta coming of age story where characters wander through the plot without any particular purpose and things just seem to happen without any particular reason. That's great in real life--people do tend to wander aimlessly in and out of each other's lives and things do just sort of happen without any discernable pattern--but it makes for a bad movie. The only real drama of the film happens about 3/4ths of the way through it... and it's way too brief. Lili Taylor and Bill Pullman give nice performances (which is why the flick gets Three Tomatoes instead of Two), but there's not much else worthwhile here. Pass on this one unless you're the world's greatest Lili Taylor fan.

Steve Miller
Steve Miller

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