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Virgil Bliss (2001)

Virgil Bliss




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In this stark independent drama, Virgil (Clint Jordan) is a small-time thief with a bad temper and poor social skills who winds up in prison for armed robbery. But Virgil wants to make something better of his life, and when he makes parole, he's determined to get (and keep) a decent job, hoping to someday find a good woman and start a family. While living in a halfway house, Virgil meets Ruby (Kirsten Russell), a drug addict who sometimes turns tricks to support her habit. While Rudy isn't quite the sort of woman Virgil was dreaming of, they share a genuine affection for each other, and Virgil moves in with Ruby after getting a job as a janitor. Like Virgil, Ruby wants to straighten out her life, hoping to someday regain custody of her son, but both Ruby and Virgil find that a lifetime of emotional abuse and years of bad judgement are not simple things to overcome. Shot on digital video, Virgil Bliss had its premier at the 2001 Slamdance Film Festival.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Joe Maggio
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 26, 2002
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Greg Amici
as Gillette
Tom Brangle
as captain
Richard Bierman
as Check-Out Guard
Whitney Hamilton
as Virgil's boss
Denny Bess
as Lombardo
Alejandra Leon
as Prostitute No. 2
Patrick Sullivan
as drug dealer
John Hegeman
as big guard
Patrick Walsh
as little guard
Mike Bubb
as prisoner
Alan Reeder
as prisoner
Jason Jones
as prisoner
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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (6)

An overly familiar scenario is made fresh by an intelligent screenplay and gripping performances in this low-budget, video-shot, debut indie effort.

July 10, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Too bad Maggio couldn't come up with a better script.

June 13, 2002
New York Post
Top Critic

Shot largely in small rooms, the film has a gentle, unforced intimacy that never becomes claustrophobic.

Full Review… | June 12, 2002
New York Times
Top Critic

Stale, futile scenario.

Full Review… | June 11, 2002
Village Voice
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2008
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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