Stormy Monday (1988)
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as Peter Reed
as Mrs. Finney
as Hotel Waiter
as Radio DJ
as Finney's Secretary Jean
as Hotel Receptionist
as Counciller Perry
as 1st Heavy
as Cosmo's Secretary
as Cosmo's Bodyguard
as Old Polish Man
as The Krakow Jazz Emsemble
Critic Reviews for Stormy Monday
Mix American gangsters, molls and majorettes with Polish avant-garde jazz musicians against a Newcastle background - and what you've got is a curious homage to B movie Hollywood and the rain-washed neon of the pulps.
Mr. Figgis, who is a musician as well as a film maker, brings the place, the plot and the film's haunting characters vibrantly to life. What's more, he makes them irresistibly interesting.
"Stormy Monday" is about the way light falls on wet pavement stones, and about how a neon sign glows in a darkened doorway.
Jones works his machismo persona into a lather, but it's unclear what he's doing in this movie, so he's more a source of campy fun than menace.
Audience Reviews for Stormy Monday
This crime drama is all about the style, and it delivers in that department, with noir-ish cinematography and jazzy soundtrack that seamlessly blends with the live action. The performances are good (with some interesting casting choices). Unfortunately, it suffers from somewhat thin story, and even though clever/stylish editing partially makes up for that, the character development is severely lacking - we never get to learn enough about any of the characters to really care for them.
(*** 1/2): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] A very intriguing noir film. Good cast.
This a strong exercise in mood, atmosphere, and symbolism early in Mike Figgis's career, but the script and performances leave something to be desired.
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