Waking the Dead 2000

Waking the Dead

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Fielding Pierce (Billy Crudup) has long been on the road to political candidacy. After the Coast Guard, he enrolls in law school and meets firebrand activist Sarah Williams (Jennifer Connelly). Taken by her passion and beauty, Fielding pursues her. But their romance is cut short when she is killed doing aid work in Chile. Nearly a decade later, Fielding is closer than ever to his political dreams, but he is haunted by visions, and by a growing feeling that Sarah is alive.

Cast

Billy Crudup
as Fielding
Janet McTeer
as Caroline
Paul Hipp
as Danny
Bill Haughland
as TV Newsman
Nelson Landrieu
as Francisco
Ivonne Coll
as Gisella
Maxine Guess
as Danny's Receptionist
Ed Harris
as Jerry
Robert Harding Pittman
as TV Newsman No. 2
Don Jordan
as Minister with Bertelli on TV
Caroline Sabourin
as Little Sarah Look-Alike
Stanley Anderson
as Fielding's Father
Patricia Gage
as Fielding's Mother
John Carroll Lynch
as Father Mileski
Bruce Dinsmore
as Tony Dayton
Mimi Kuzyk
as Adele Green
Tony Calabretta
as Sonny Marchi
Walter Massey
as Otto Ellis
Norris Domingue
as Congressman at Issac's Party
Dean Hagopian
as Politician at Issac's Party
Bernard Behrens
as Father Stanton
Ranee Lee
as Woman from Fielding's Campaign
Zoe Sakellaropoulo
as `Sarah' in Caroline's Flashback
Scott Spencer
as Man with Sarah in Flashback
Alan Fawcett
as Reporter at Restaurant
Leah King Pinsent
as Reporter from Fielding's Past
Walt MacPherson
as Sarah's Father
John Walsh
as Protest Leader Outside Sarah's Funeral
Vlasta Vrana
as Priest at Sarah's Funeral
Pascal Petardi
as Kids Who Mug Fielding
Leonardo Fuica
as Kids Who Mug Fielding
Qariy Hendrickson
as Kids Who Mug Fielding
Sandra Caldwell
as Concerned Mom from Letter
Justin Bradley
as Adopted Kid from Letter
Richard Hicks
as Young Man from Letter
Ed Cambridge
as Old Man from Letter
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Audience Reviews for Waking the Dead

  • Aug 30, 2011
    Directed by Keith Gordon. The screenplay by Robert Dillon is based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Scott Spencer.The film flashes back and forth between the 1970s and 1980s and centers on the relationship between Fielding Pierce, a young Coast Guard officer with political ambitions, and idealistic Roman Catholic Sarah Williams, who is drawn to programs designed to better the lives of the underprivileged and has mixed feelings about his career goals.Pointless movie based in a pointless novel.Despite the good performances,the story is void and shallow.
    Andre T Super Reviewer
  • Aug 01, 2009
    This film was heavy, that's for sure. I thought the nonlinear storyline was effective. Visually this film won me over. The imagery was starkly beautiful, lighting was used to great effect; sometimes to provide warmth at other times to make a room uncomfortably bright. It reminds me of the Constant Gardener, the version that would have unfolded if the man hadn't sought answers to his partner's death. What would've happened if he had tried to simply move on with his life.
    Laura C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 16, 2008
    I kick myself for actually liking this movie. Billy Crudup is understatedly wonderful. This is how the terrible book should've been paced.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 18, 2008
    I loved the dichotomy of Waking the Dead's story right off the bat - part political flick, part romance, part ghost mystery? Interesting roots, but sadly the movie most often plays to its obvious avenues, and where there should have been atmosphere and melancholy there instead exists cliche. The problem is that the crux of Waking the Dead, its love story, is the weakest part. Fielding and Sarah are good characters, but there's something missing - a lack of focus on the couple's good times, I think. They spend a lot of their time together locked in political repartee, which generally ends in some personal barb and all parties involved being pissed off or upset. They should just gone out for ice cream or roller bladed or something; you know, a tether to prove that these people ACTUALLY liked each other. Without it, the final moments of the movie kind of fall flat, and turns a movie that could have been genuinely affecting into something strong, if not forgettable. There's no denying that it is a strongly written movie, literate and full of governmental allegory. The lead performances are equally excellent, though Billy Crudup occasionally trips up on the admittedly dense dialogue. Unfortunately, it's just not enough - the movie spends too much time on Fielding's uninteresting campaign when it should be showing us more about the relationship that was taken away from him. Show us what he's missing.
    Drew S Super Reviewer

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