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Stormy Monday (1988)

Cast: Jason White, Jason White, Denise Ryan, more...
Director: Mike Figgis, Mike Figgis
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Foreign, Neo Noir, Neo Noir, UK
Running Time: 95 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Synopsis
Stormy Monday is a four-person character study in which style is all that matters. This tautly constructed, deftly executed crime thriller is set in economically depressed Newcastle England. Sting plays Finney, a relatively honest Newcastle jazz-club owner who crosses the path of crass American gangster Cosmo (Tommy Lee Jones). Flaunting his wealth at every opportunity, Cosmo wants to involve Finney in a land development deal -- if only he'll give up his club. Both men are enamored of Kate (Melanie Griffith), who becomes a pawn in their ongoing one-upsmanship. Kate and her lover (Sean Bean) try to prevent Finney from corrupting his own sense of values by wallowing in the gutter with Cosmo. Stormy Monday, the first feature-length directorial effort of former jazz musician Mike Figgis, who also wrote the script and composed the score, tells its story using subtle shadings of character and a vivid evocation of its Newcastle setting rather than through violent action. Figgis's moody direction of his excellent screenplay is quietly effective and brimming with visual nuance and irony -- particularly in its perceptive take on love, money, jazz, and economic necessity. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

magic by sakana November 23, 2002 - 1:28 PM PST
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3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Roger Ebert said it best. This movie is about sounds and colors and fear and desire: incredibly moving, with realistic, suffering characters who make us want them to believe in themselves.

[And no matter how much you hate Melanie Griffith, she's right here. Even her voice. Seriously.]




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