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He Was a Quiet Man (2006)

Cast: Christian Slater, Christian Slater, Elisha Cuthbert, more...
Director: Frank Cappello, Frank Cappello
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Anchor Bay
Genre: Comedies, Drama, Independent, Black Comedy, Politics and Social Issues
Running Time: 95 min.
Languages: English
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Synopsis
A man at the end of his emotional rope finally explodes, but not in a way anyone would have expected in this offbeat independent drama. Bob Maconel (Christian Slater) is a middle-aged nebbish working in an office building where few people know who he is and fewer still care. Bob has developed a seething hatred and resentment of those around him, and has taken to carrying a gun to work in the hope that one day he'll have the courage to take down some of his co-workers. However, one day another man working in the office snaps and opens fire; Bob grabs his weapon and kills the shooter, but not before the gunman wounds Vanessa (Elisha Cuthbert), a pretty girl who works there. Bob unwittingly becomes a hero, and is applauded for stopping the menace and saving Vanessa's life. However, as Bob keeps an eye on Vanessa at the hospital (where she may now be paralyzed for life), his sudden transformation in the eyes of others only leaves him more unsettled and disturbed. Also starring William H. Macy and Jamison Jones, He Was A Quiet Man received its world premiere at the 2007 South by Southwest Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide


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An Underseen Treat by talltale February 16, 2008 - 8:46 AM PST
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5 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Jeffrey M. Anderson's review on the GC Guru site is quite right about this little-seen movie that definitely deserves a bigger audience. (Anderson does give you a bit too much information to allow you to fully partake in the surprises along the way, however.)

Writer/director Frank A. Cappello does a great job of creating characters that don't ever reveal themsevles fully--pretty much like life. This is particularly true of the young women played extremely well by Elisha Cuthbert. Someday this actress is going to get the kind of role in a critically and popularly acclaimed hit that will place her permanently on the map. Meanwhile, see her in this one, in "The Girl Next Door" and in the underrated "Captivity" to discover what she has to offer. ("He Was a Quiet Man" also gives Christian Slater the chance to shine once again--which he does.)




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On the Couch
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Great(?) movies about psychologists, psychiatrists, and/or psychos.
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