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River of Grass (1994)

Cast: Larry Fessenden, Larry Fessenden, Dick Russell, more...
Director: Kelly Reichardt, Kelly Reichardt
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Fox Lorber
Genre: Drama, Crime, Quest, Road Movies
Running Time: 81 min.
Languages: English
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Synopsis
River of Grass has all the elements of a conventional road movie: a car, a gun, criminal plans, and young lovers on the run from an angry father who also happens to be a suspended police officer. But writer and director Kelly Reichardt has instead taken these familiar elements and fashioned an anti-road movie, a deadpan film that is more existentialist comedy than crime drama. The young lovers in question are Cozy, the cop's daughter, and Lee Ray, a shady character from the wrong end of town. Lee Ray comes into possession of a pistol, and soon he and Cozy find themselves unintentionally involved in a shooting. Fearing capture by the law, the two make plans to leave town, committing a series of robberies on the way. However, they don't manage to get very far; indeed, the film's central premise is how the romantic myth of lovers on the lam proves disappointing in the face of a far more pedestrian reality. This well-received, low-budget indie was shot on location in South Florida, placing its story against an appropriately depressed landscape of sun-bleached strip malls, barren highways and overgrown, swampy fields; the title is another name for the Florida Everglades. ~ Judd Blaise, All Movie Guide

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A great American indie by tboot October 9, 2003 - 2:24 PM PDT
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Ah, one of the great American indies of the '90s. As writer/director Kelly Reichardt describes it: "A road movie without the road, a love story without the love and a crime story without the crime." One of the few couple-on-the-lam movies that truly brings something new to the genre. Reichardt has a rhythm all her own, with a deadpan humor that constantly surprises. It captures the ugly ass-end of America like few other movies ever have.




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