Paris Trout Reviews

  • Jun 21, 2014

    Disturbing look at racism, with a nasty performance from Hopper.

    Disturbing look at racism, with a nasty performance from Hopper.

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    John B Super Reviewer
    Feb 14, 2012

    Good but not great work by Dennis Hopper and Ed Harris. They try but the script does not provide them with enough to work with.

    Good but not great work by Dennis Hopper and Ed Harris. They try but the script does not provide them with enough to work with.

  • Nov 20, 2011

    So this is what someone's view of racism in the South looks like? This movie is a failure on every level. All of the characters are one-dimensional stereotypes.

    So this is what someone's view of racism in the South looks like? This movie is a failure on every level. All of the characters are one-dimensional stereotypes.

  • Dec 19, 2010

    This film was ignored when it was released & I am unsurprised to see it only has 44 ratings. I'm not sure that it's even available in most DVD libraries but if you see it, grab a copy. But, be warned. This is a seriously disturbing film with one of the worst sexual violence scenes I have ever witnessed. If you thought Hopper was compelling as Frank Booth in Blue Velvet then you are in for a big dose of deja-vu. Hopper's racist, violent, sociopathic loansharking character is every bit as frightening & every bit as compelling. Ever wondered what Frank Booth would be like if he had real social power? A wife? Here is the opportunity to find out.

    This film was ignored when it was released & I am unsurprised to see it only has 44 ratings. I'm not sure that it's even available in most DVD libraries but if you see it, grab a copy. But, be warned. This is a seriously disturbing film with one of the worst sexual violence scenes I have ever witnessed. If you thought Hopper was compelling as Frank Booth in Blue Velvet then you are in for a big dose of deja-vu. Hopper's racist, violent, sociopathic loansharking character is every bit as frightening & every bit as compelling. Ever wondered what Frank Booth would be like if he had real social power? A wife? Here is the opportunity to find out.

  • Sep 22, 2010

    Well put together. It does so much right technically in front and behind the camera. So where's the problem? Well...for all it's strengths in the storytelling, it's too ugly a film to be considered entertainment.

    Well put together. It does so much right technically in front and behind the camera. So where's the problem? Well...for all it's strengths in the storytelling, it's too ugly a film to be considered entertainment.

  • Mar 07, 2010

    Hopper gives a great and chilling performance but the movie is just too boring.

    Hopper gives a great and chilling performance but the movie is just too boring.

  • Apr 01, 2009

    Under-rated modern classic is compelling every step of the way! Violent shooting sequences are so vividly done they take you right out of your seat! Extremely distrubing and oddly erotic at times, makes this film rather unique as well! Searing performance by well-cast Hopper and usually strong performances by Harris and Hershey match a razor-sharp script. Utterly realistic and unforgettable! Not to be missed.

    Under-rated modern classic is compelling every step of the way! Violent shooting sequences are so vividly done they take you right out of your seat! Extremely distrubing and oddly erotic at times, makes this film rather unique as well! Searing performance by well-cast Hopper and usually strong performances by Harris and Hershey match a razor-sharp script. Utterly realistic and unforgettable! Not to be missed.

  • Anthony V Super Reviewer
    Oct 30, 2008

    Dennis Hopper manages to create one of the most despicable villains ever supported by great performances by Hershey and Harris.

    Dennis Hopper manages to create one of the most despicable villains ever supported by great performances by Hershey and Harris.

  • Aug 30, 2008

    There was a time that I considered Dennis Hopper a fantastic actor, but then I realized that he almost always plays the same character. This is a heavy, intense, crazy character profile where Hopper is merely imitating some of Jack Nicholson's famous crazies.

    There was a time that I considered Dennis Hopper a fantastic actor, but then I realized that he almost always plays the same character. This is a heavy, intense, crazy character profile where Hopper is merely imitating some of Jack Nicholson's famous crazies.

  • Jul 18, 2008

    Harrowing drama about the mind and soul of an unrepentant racist. Dennis Hopper gives one of his finest performances. Director Stephen Gyllenhaal displays an excellent command of the medium. Pete Dexter adapted his own novel.

    Harrowing drama about the mind and soul of an unrepentant racist. Dennis Hopper gives one of his finest performances. Director Stephen Gyllenhaal displays an excellent command of the medium. Pete Dexter adapted his own novel.