Red Rock West (1994) USA
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Director:John Dahl
Studio:Sony Pictures
Writer:John & Rick Dahl
Rating:4.0 (37 votes)
Date Added:2009-06-06
Purchased At:DVD Pacific
Purchased On:2009-06-06
Genre:Action & Adventure
Picture Format:Anamorphic Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:1.85:1
Sound:Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Languages:English, Spanish
Subtitles:English, Spanish, French
John Dahl  ...  (Director)
John & Rick Dahl  ...  (Writer)
Nicolas Cage  ...  
Craig Reay  ...  
Vance Johnson  ...  
Robert Apel  ...  
Bobby Joe McFadden  ...  
Summary: With "Red Rock West" and "The Last Seduction", writer-director John Dahl established himself as America's leading maker of tough, twisted, funny little neo-noir pictures. "Red Rock West" is a spare, tight reworking of noirish motifs--the lone man caught in a web of circumstance and betrayal, the rich femme fatale, the corrupt policeman, the wounded military veteran, the homicidal psychopath--that brings to mind classics from "Detour" to "Out of the Past" to "Bad Day at Black Rock". Cage--warming up for his career-peak (so far) performance in "Leaving Las Vegas" a few years later--plays an unemployed former Marine (his leg injured in the truck-bombing of the base in Beirut) who stumbles into a nightmarish situation when he stops at a bar in the isolated Wyoming town of Red Rock West. With one fateful step, he's trapped; and no matter how hard he tries, he just can't seem to leave town. The late J.T. Walsh is (as always) splendidly corrupt as the bar owner who harbors some deadly secrets, and Dennis Hopper does a variation on his patented "Blue Velvet"/"River's Edge" psycho that suits the treacherous environs of "Red Rock West" just fine. "--Jim Emerson"