Collaborator

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A playwright (Martin Donovan) in the grip of a creative funk is taken hostage by his mother's loopy neighbor (David Morse).

Cast & Crew

Martin Donovan
Robert Longfellow
Melissa Auf der Maur
Alice Longfellow
Julian Richings
Maurice LeFont
Katherine Helmond
Irene Longfellow
Martin Donovan
Screenwriter
Ted Hope
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Pascal Vaguesly
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Bryan Gliserman
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Charlotte Mickie
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Julie Kirkwood
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Karen Porter
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Critic Reviews for Collaborator

  • Oddly, it's Donovan's performance here that proves the movie's weakest link, though his writing and helming tie for a close second.

    July 19, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A witty and well-paced thriller.

    July 17, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Morse and Donovan hold us rapt in this clearly told tale about identity confusion.

    July 17, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • What really matters is the interplay between two fine actors, the icy Donovan and the fiery Morse.

    July 12, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Both characters are riveting, and they even manage to earn most of the freight that Donovan loads onto his heavily ironic title.

    July 6, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • An exceedingly earnest, high-minded hostage drama in which any visceral tension is secondary to topical debates by a captor and his prisoner.

    July 5, 2012 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Collaborator

  • Mar 28, 2014
    Slow moving, but really quite enjoyed this. Interesting story about a writer who returns home to visit his mother after a professional set back. He revisits the girl he left behind and gets into more than he bargained for with the neighbour, a 57 year old man who has never left home and has a few issues of his own. Definitely an original story, and the usual good acting you can expect from Martin Donovan.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 19, 2012
    I had wondered where Martin Donovan had gone after being a staple in so many Hal Hartley films. It turns out that he was preparing to do this one..an act/direct job that is sharply written and benefits from two wonderful character actors. David Morse is unbelievable.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2012
    After two straight flops on Broadway, playwright Robert Longfellow(Martin Donovan, who also wrote and directed) needs to desperately recharge his batteries. So, he returns home to Los Angeles to visit his mother(Katherine Helmond) while his wife Alice(Melissa Auf der Maur) and two children stay behind. While there, he is hired to do some script doctoring before meeting with Emma(Olivia Williams), an actress and old friend, who has better ideas, not only professionaly but personally. Seeing as how Robert is so busy, it might be understandable how he has not been able to find the time to have a beer with Gus(David Morse), a friend from the neighborhood. "Collaborator" is a movie that defly defies expectations and cliches by taking a low key approach to the material. The lone exception is a remarkable emotional explosion that one character has kept pent up for decades to thankfully express an opinion which I have also been waiting a long time for somebody else to bring up, even if it has to come from a character who is so smug. Since they were shaped in different ways by the same incident, Robert probably looks at Gus in a 'there but for the grace of you-know-who, go I' kind of way; clues to which are slowly revealed throughout the movie. In other words, Robert cannot escape his past, just as his present is unraveling, despite his success in life.
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