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After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life.

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Cast

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John Roselius ...
Al
Louis Eppolito ...
Ed (as Lou Eppolito)
Jenna Maetlind ...
Party Girl
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Forewoman (voice)
Leonard Termo ...
Judge (voice)
Ivory Ocean ...
Guard Ivory
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David Byrd ...
Doctor Smordin
Gene Ross ...
Warden Clements
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Storyline

Fred Madison, a saxophonist, is accused under mysterious circumstances of murdering his wife Renee. On death row, he inexplicably morphs into a young man named Pete Dayton, leading a completely different life. When Pete is released, his and Fred's paths begin to cross in a surreal, suspenseful web of intrigue, orchestrated by a shady gangster boss named Dick Laurent. Written by <jdean@gslink.net>

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Mystery | Thriller

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Rated R for bizarre violent and sexual content, and for strong language | See all certifications »

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21 February 1997 (USA)  »

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Carretera perdida  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$212,710, 23 February 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,796,699, 20 April 1997
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was Richard Pryor's final film before his death on December 10, 2005 at the age of 65. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Eddy: I'm really glad to know you're doin okay. You're *sure* you're okay? Everything alright?
Pete Dayton: Yeah?
Mr. Eddy: I'm really glad to know you're doin good, Pete. Hey, I want you to talk to a friend of mine.
Mystery Man: We've met before, haven't we?
Pete Dayton: I don't think so. Where is it you think we've met?
Mystery Man: At your house. Don't you remember?
Pete Dayton: No. No, I don't.
Mystery Man: In the East, the Far East, when a person is sentenced to death, they're sent to a place where they can't escape, never knowing when an executioner may step up behind them, and ...
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Soundtracks

Song To The Siren
Written by Larry Beckett and Tim Buckley
Courtesy of Third Story Music Inc. (BMI)
Performed by This Mortal Coil
Courtesy of 4 A.D. by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Stunning.
1 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

Lighting. That's the thing I remembered most from the first time I saw this film. Amazing lighting. Certain directors, Lynch included, are able to tell the story using camera movement, what's seen/not seen. Lynch, however, has taken that a step further with the way he chooses to light his scenes - he sculpts his shots in a manner that seems almost more like a theatrical lighting designer's work. The use of shadows within the home, the stark colors that accompany certain scenes, even the car lighting in the titles - all of this is used to draw the audience's attention to a certain point, and all of it thrills. With the terse, "European art-film" dialogue style (at first the most distancing thing I found in Lynch's work, it is now one of my favorite elements), sharp sound work, a strong cast, and the marvelous, spiralling structure of the film only reinforcing it's strongest feature - its atmosphere - this is a work that will be discussed long after the credits fade. In my short 22 years, the best film I've seen, bar none.


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