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Despite an electrifying performance by William H. Macy, David Mamet's one-act morality play translates poorly into a film that is overburdened by dialogue.



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An encounter with a fortune-teller leads businessman Edmond to confront the emptiness of his life and marriage. Appalled, he flees into the vortex of the city's underbelly, plummeting into a free fall he mistakes for liberation. To Edmond's surprise, it's dark outside: hookers charge, pimps are violent, and the guy on the corner is a conman. Edmond is robbed, beaten and left bewildered. But there's a strange comfort at the bottom. Exhilarated by a random act of violence, Edmond picks up a waitress, Glenna, but their riotous sex play leads first to conflict and then to murder. With nothing to lose but his liberty, Edmond spirals further out of control, towards prison, disintegration and a very brutal redemption.

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William H. Macy
as Edmond Burke
Jeffrey Combs
as Desk Clerk
Joe Mantegna
as Man in Bar
Bai Ling
as Peep-Show Girl
Denise Richards
as Allegro B-girl
Dylan Walsh
as Interrogator
Dulé Hill
as Sharper
Debi Mazar
as Atlantic Leisure Club Matron
Rebecca Pidgeon
as Edmond's Wife
George Wendt
as Pawn Shop Guy
Marcus Thomas
as Window Man
Jack Wallace
as Chaplain
Frances Bay
as Fortune Teller
Patricia Belcher
as Woman on the Train
Vanessa Born
as Kissing Girl in Elevator
Wren T. Brown
as Preacher
Michael Calder
as Deputy Sheriff
Mary Castro
as Black Hair Beauty
Aldis Hodge
as Leafleeter
Matt Landers
as The Bystander
Ryan March
as Bar Patron
Michael A. Saad
as Library Guard
Wendy Thompson
as Club Waitress
Bruce A. Young
as Police Officer
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Critic Reviews for Edmond

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  • The great man lets rip with deafening flatulent macho nonsense in a truly awful movie, one of the very worst US pictures to be released here in years.

    Jul 6, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Be thankful it's not longer; at 80 minutes, one may still derive some perverse pleasure from the silliness of it all.

    Jul 6, 2007 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Quintessential David Mamet: brainy, playful, engaging.

    Nov 17, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The last handful of scenes, featuring Bokeem Woodbine as an acquaintance of Edmond's, are worth the price of a ticket.

    Sep 1, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • As with most Mamet scripts, this includes multiple monologues, and the cast delivers them with fervor. But the delivery can't conceal that these diatribes are directed at topics that no longer are pertinent.

    Aug 25, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Go, by all means, but be prepared to take a beating.

    Aug 10, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Edmond

Cast: William H. Macy, Julia Stiles, Joe Mantegna, Rebecca Pidgeon, Ling Bai, Denise Richards, Mena Suvari, Debi Mazar, Jeffrey Combs, Dulé Hill Director: Stuart Gordon Summary: With a David Mamet play as its inspiration, Edmond stars William H. Macy as the titular character, a businessman who undergoes a personal revolution after he heeds a psychic's call to change his life. In his quest for fulfillment, he abandons his wife and children, initiating a nightmarish descent into a certain kind of hell, a dark and dangerous world he's never known but that may wind up owning his soul. My Thoughts: "This film is pretty brutal in it's words and actions. I personally didn't like the film for those reasons. But I will say it was pretty gratifying that Edmond Burke, in the end, became everything he hated and despised through the film. Also William H. Macy, although plays a hugely unlikeable character, did put in a great performance."


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Not terrible. I think David Mamet is a pretty good writer, but a lesson in the meaning of life mixed with gay prison sex and senselessly killing Julia Stiles may not be the best stage for it. Then again, it would have been a pretty dull film otherwise. William H. Macy plays the only character he knows how: a douche bag who stammers out lies to everyone while having a total meltdown. Fine with me! Especailly when he's weilding a WWI survival knife with brass knuckles beating a mugger to death.

Curtis Lilly
Curtis Lilly

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Mamet? Brother. The word "ponderous" comes to mind. That's not good, by the way. "Embarrassing" also seems appropriate. Ah, I have my off times too.

When weak writing and weak directing combine to undermine a project, there's rarely any escaping the vortex leading into the abyss.

Acting to the rescue? When the foundation is this feeble, the acting has to be strong to hold the project together. Unfortunately, this isn't the case.

Have I ever mentioned that I think William H. Macy is a very lucky actor? If not, just let me say that Macy puts on a full display of his acting ability in this one. To survive, he has to play to type. He is surviving. It's a borderline miracle.

Can you imagine what someone like Jack Nicholson could have contributed to this piece of borat?

Lanning : )
Lanning : )

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A latently racist and mentally addled accountant (William H. Macy) leaves his wife, tours the NYC commercial sex trade, and ends up in prison. Macy's performance is interesting, but not interesting enough to inspire the viewer to try to make sense of David Mamet's confused script, which is full of vague philosophizing and obscure references (the main character shares his name with an 18th century Irish philosopher/statesman).

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

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