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Movie Info

This experimental film alternates between symbolic depictions of events from the life of notorious Mormon murderer Gary Gilmore and sustained shots of barren landscapes and beehives. Career criminal Gilmore (Matthew Barney) murders two men and, after being apprehended, demands to be put to death by firing squad. The execution absolves Gilmore of his sins, and he enters a hive-like heaven, where he begins a search for the elusive Harry Houdini (Norman Mailer), who may be his grandfather.

Cast & Crew

Norman Mailer
Harry Houdini
Matthew Barney
Gary Gilmore
Anonymous
Baby Fay La Foe
Lauren Pine
Bessie Gilmore
Scot Ewalt
Frank Gilmore
Patty Griffin
Nicole Baker
Dave Lombardo
Johnny Cash (With Drums)
Steve Tucker
Johnny Cash
Voice
Cat Kubic
Two-step Dancer
Chelsea Romersa
Associate Producer
Peter Strietmann
Cinematographer
Matthew D. Ryle
Production Design
Laurence Esnault
Costume Designer
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    February 3, 2004 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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    August 2, 2003 | Rating: D | Full Review…
  • Darkly powerful.

    June 4, 2003 | Rating: A-
  • The narcotized self-satisfaction of [Cremaster 1] is, however, preferable to the narrative Cremaster 2 (1999), which, twice as long.

    April 12, 2003
  • It is Gilmore's story and his family history, evoked symbolically, that give Cremaster 2 a solidity and emotional depth that are missing in the earlier, more playful installments.

    April 12, 2003 | Rating: 4/5
  • A tantalizing melange of dreamlike riffs on the desolation of the American west, the empty poses of male ritual, and the blood lust of macho fetishism.

    April 12, 2003 | Full Review…

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