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Marking the writing and directorial debut of Henry LeRoy Finch, Wake revolves around four estranged brothers whose reunion, through no conscious effort of their own, takes place on the eve of their mother's death. Shot entirely on location in Bath, ME, Wake is told from the perspective of Sebastian (Martin Landau), a struggling writer who has been burdened with the care of his rapidly deteriorating mother. Through flashbacks, Sebastian recounts the odd night from beginning to end. There's also Raymond (Blake Gibbons), fresh out of prison and equipped with a mean streak from hell; Kyle (Gale Harold), whose alcoholism resurfaces within hours of being in contact with Raymond; and Jack (John Winthrop Philbrick), who, after being laid off from his job as a security guard is celebrating the best way he knows how: with lots of alcohol and sleazy women. While the party rages downstairs, Sebastian and Kyle sit upstairs fretting over the state of their mother. Ultimately, they reveal a series of secrets that perhaps oughtn't have been shared and the night ends with devastating results.


Blake Gibbons
as Raymond Riven
Gale Harold
as Kyle Riven
Dihlon McManne
as Sebastian Riven
Martin Landau
as Older Sebastian
Robert Witham
as Police Officer
Judy Griffith
as Bartender
Melissa Henderson
as Billy Budd's Bar Patron
Marta Kozlosky
as Billy Budd's Bar Patron
Eric Matheson
as Billy Budd's Bar Patron
John Ring
as Billy Budd's Bar Patron
Roger Van Deusen
as Billy Budd's Bar Patron
Randy Visser
as Billy Budd's Bar Patron
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Critic Reviews for Wake

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (8)

  • Strong thesping and solid staging, atmospherically accompanied by disorienting, darkly folksy Ramsay Midwood songs make Wake surprisingly watchable.

    Nov 4, 2005 | Full Review…

    Ronnie Scheib

    Top Critic
  • Feels like a stagy adaptation of an already contrived play.

    Jun 5, 2004
  • Strictly straight-to-video fodder.

    May 28, 2004 | Rating: 1/4
  • A self-conscious exercise in indie-minded pretension.

    May 28, 2004 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
    New York Daily News
    Top Critic
  • A hackneyed gothic tale invoking those traditional American family values of secrets and lies, the film fails to transcend its derivative literary aspirations.

    May 27, 2004 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Roy Finch's shrill, derivative independent film is largely a one-set affair that seems to have been transplanted from its natural home somewhere Off-Off-Off Broadway.

    May 27, 2004 | Rating: 1/5

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