Director: Nicolas Roeg Cast: Gary Busey, Tony Curtis, Michael Emil

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Using four famous but unnamed individuals to symbolize a notorious era in American politics, as well as to explore the nature of despair, director Nicolas Roeg has created an intriguing drama. Based on a play by Terry Johnson, the story begins with the blond Theresa Russell as a sex-goddess actress working on a scene over a subway grate, with her skirts billowing out in the updraft. A famous Professor from Princeton with white hair opens his door to the actress, who takes out a few props and goes through her rendition of the theory of relativity. Between her theatrical mode of speech and his world of mathematics, there is a certain entente. Enter the ballplayer who is her husband (Gary Busey), in love but without a clue as to the actress' inner sadness. Throw in the senator from Wisconsin (Tony Curtis) before whose sub-committee on Unamerican Activities the Professor has to appear, and the undercurrent of a societal witch-hunt that ruined many careers in Hollywood, in academics, in sports, and in politics is churned into the story.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/18/2003
UPC: 0012236137139
Original Release: 1985
Rating: R
Source: Live / Artisan
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Sound: [Dolby Surround]
Time: 1:50:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; 4:3 full frame; 2.0 Dolby Stereo Surround; Scene index; Interactive menus; Digitally mastered; English closed captioning

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Busey Ballplayer
Tony Curtis Senator
Michael Emil Professor
Theresa Russell Actress
Will Sampson Elevator Attendant
George Holmes Actor
Shinobu Kanai Japanese Woman
Patrick Kilpatrick Driver
Ian O'Connell Assistant Director
Richard M. Davidson Director of Photography
Mitchell Greenberg Technician
Raynor Scheine Autograph Hunter
Jude Ciccolella Gaffer
Lou Hirsch Charlie
Ray Charleson Bud
Joel Cutrara Bar Drunk
Raymond J. Barry Ballplayer's Father
John Stamford Young Ballplayer
Desiree Erasmus Prostitute
David Lambert Young Professor
Cassie Stuart Young Actress
Meachell Dunsmoor Actress as a Child
Daniel Benzali Theatrical Agent
R.J. Bell Theatrical Agent
David Montague Young Senator

Technical Credits
Nicolas Roeg Director
Christine Beveridge Makeup
David Brockhurst Production Designer
Peter Hannan Cinematographer
Shuna Harwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Joyce Herlihy Associate Producer
Terry Johnson Screenwriter
Diana Johstone Set Decoration/Design
Tony Lawson Editor
Paul LeMare Sound/Sound Designer
Stanley Myers Score Composer
Arthur Max Shafransky Art Director
Alexander Stuart Executive Producer
Jeremy Thomas Producer
Alan Whibley Special Effects
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [1:35]
2. A Piece of Heaven [5:29]
3. The Great Elementary Canal [2:16]
4. Simply Yes or No [9:52]
5. A What, Not a Who [2:46]
6. The Watch [2:57]
7. "An Awful Lot in Common" [3:52]
8. Embarrassment Is Relative... [3:39]
9. ...As Is the Theory [7:04]
10. "Knowledge Isn't Truth" [2:51]
11. Sleeping With the Genius [6:22]
12. All Torn Up [3:13]
13. "Floyd's" Shape of the Universe [8:08]
14. A Lawyer/Bubble-Gum Fame [5:56]
15. Woman on a Pedestal [4:49]
16. The Cherokee's Habits [2:04]
17. Another Child [5:52]
18. The Persuasive Double [7:22]
19. A Man Has to Choose [4:04]
20. The Appearance of Stupidity [5:41]
21. Something Even Worse [9:58]
22. End Credits [2:27]

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Insignificance 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie is well worth seeing at least once, but it is not for everybody. Unfortunately the DVD is a lousy Pan-and-Scan presentation!!! Hopefully in the very near future some responsible DVD distributor will release it in a version worthy of the DVD format
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