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Edmond (2005)

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Critic Consensus: 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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R (for violence, strong language, and sexual content including nudity and dialogue)
Genre:
Drama
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Cast

William H. Macy
as Edmond Burke
Jeffrey Combs
as Desk Clerk
Julia Stiles
as Glenna
Joe Mantegna
as Man in Bar
Bai Ling
as Peep-Show Girl
Denise Richards
as Allegro B-girl
Mena Suvari
as Whore
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
Bokeem Woodbine
as Prisoner
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
Barry Cullison
as Customer
Aldis Hodge
as Leafleeter
Matt Landers
as The Bystander
Ryan March
as Bar Patron
Laurie Meghan Phelps
as Busty Hooker
Michael A. Saad
as Library Guard
Wendy Thompson
as Club Waitress
Alexander von Roon
as Bar Patron
Bruce A. Young
as Police Officer
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Critic Reviews for Edmond

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (21)

Be thankful it's not longer; at 80 minutes, one may still derive some perverse pleasure from the silliness of it all.

Full Review… | July 6, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Quintessential David Mamet: brainy, playful, engaging.

Full Review… | November 17, 2006
Miami Herald
Top Critic

The last handful of scenes, featuring Bokeem Woodbine as an acquaintance of Edmond's, are worth the price of a ticket.

Full Review… | September 1, 2006
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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.

August 25, 2006
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Go, by all means, but be prepared to take a beating.

Full Review… | August 10, 2006
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Makes little sense as a character study, and borders on nonsense as a screed on race in America.

Full Review… | July 28, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times
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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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½

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

Super Reviewer

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?

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