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Paul Colson is a New York cabdriver and struggling actor. When he learns that he has about three days left to live due to a rare blood disorder, he goes through all five stages of loss and grief in a darkly comedic way.

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Danny Irom

Writer:

Danny Irom
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig Wasson ... Paul Colson
Blanche Baker ... Lisa DuSoir
Al Lewis ... Mr. Wolfstadt
Anita Gillette ... Drunk Woman
Frances Fisher ... Phyllis
Anne Carlisle ... Grace
Joe Franklin Joe Franklin ... Himself
Ron Parady Ron Parady ... Dr. Stanton
Stephen De Fluiter Stephen De Fluiter ... Man in Tuxedo
James Downey ... Steg
Irving Metzman Irving Metzman ... Tommy
Eddie Mekka ... Sammy
Leslie Shenkel ... Fred (as Les Shenkel)
Barton Heyman ... Dad
Augusta Dabney Augusta Dabney ... Mon
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Paul Colson is a New York cabdriver and struggling actor. When he learns that he has about three days left to live due to a rare blood disorder, he goes through all five stages of loss and grief in a darkly comedic way.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 1989 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Bandeira Zero See more »

Filming Locations:

Lyndhurst, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Mono
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unassuming indie doesn't measure up to its premise
9 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

A struggling New York City actor/cab driver is diagnosed with a rare blood disease on the day after his 30th birthday and told he has precisely 72 hours left to live. It's an intriguing premise but, unfortunately, the poor man does nothing original in his final three days of life. He rages against God, gets falling down drunk, enjoys one last game of poker with the guys, one last reconciliation with his parents, and one last fling with an accommodating hooker (who of course has a heart of gold). Daniel Irom's original screenplay succeeds in walking a delicate line between humor and horror through the evening after cabby Craig Wasson first learns of his terminal illness, but after that he comes to grips with his mortality all too quickly and the film is left with nowhere to go. It's all meant to provide an affirmation of life, but all the optimism is forced, and worse: the hero's amateur acting instincts take over in his final hours, prompting him to declaim all the appropriate passages from Shakespeare and Chekov before, mercifully, collapsing dead.


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