DVD - 1999
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Story revolves around Joe Gastineau, a fisherman traumatized by an accident at sea years before, singer Donna de Angelo, and her teenage daughter Noelle who come into Joe's life. When Joe's fast-talking half-brother Bobby returns to town and asks Joe for a favor, the lives of the characters are changed forever.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Video, c1999
ISBN: 9780767838443
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (127 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Apr 14, 2016

This is a 1999 drama (supposed to be thriller) written, produced, edited, and directed by American independent filmmaker John Sayles.
Its screenplay is so badly crafted that it doesn't make sense at all to me.
It doesn't thrill me at any time, neither.
Besides, its ending appears incomplete, giving you an impression that the film ends halfway through.
If a screenplay is bad, even a good director cannot make its film good.
This is a bad (or rather good) example.
What a waste of film with good actors!

Nov 27, 2015

The theme here, it seems to me, is story-telling, (of which film-making is one branch). Sayles is, in a way, talking about himself and his work, and, by extension, about Art in general. The opening scenes contrast the story of Alaska as presented to tourists, with the reality of the tawdry commercialism that feeds on it (Does this bring Hollywood to mind?). Later on, he shows us how the characters constantly try to sell stories to each other for economic reasons. Donna, as a singer (story-telling through music) and artist, sometimes connects with her material -- and sometimes not. But where does the truth lie? What happens when, as Joe and Donna try to connect, two characters tell different versions of the story?

May 16, 2014

Another gem from master filmmaker John Sayles. This film takes place in Alaska. The first part is strongly satirical, commenting on how Alaska looks to outsiders and how to exploit tourists. It also gives you insight into the lives of real Alaskans. Then it zooms in on its three principal characters, a nomad female singer, her rebellious, sensitive teenage daughter, and a former fisherman whose life was changed by a fishing accident. The tone of the movie shifts to that of a thriller, with the three poignantly caught in a life or death situation. The film is photographed beautifully by legendary cinematographer Haskell Wexler. Sayles doesn't tie up the loose ends, leaving the ending to the viewer. Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Meanwhile you have had a rich, moving experience typical of a John Sayles film.

aaa5756 Jun 11, 2012

This movie was not done well at all. This movie was terrible “Dumb, boring and stupid.” Waste of time waste and of Electrical power.

Sunnchilde Jan 08, 2012

When I first saw Sayles film "Lone Star," it touched me on a level I couldn't even fully explain. When I saw Limbo I was amazed that he'd done it to me again! Limbo is painted with rich textures, sounds that haunt you and the earnest feeling that you actually know these people. I felt as if I was there with them, my life threatened and frightened. Who would have thought that a young girl reading from a diary would contain more raw power and intensity than a Schwarzenegger movie?--another masterpiece of filmmaking by a master director.

Feb 02, 2010

Absolute rubbish. A complete waste of time. The DVD box promises beautiful outdoor scenery but it never happens. The story is cheesy, sentimental slop. The whole movie is more painful than watching Paris Hilton in a spelling bee.


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Sunnchilde Jan 08, 2012

Joe: "We're going to have to feed this fire several times a day. Hopefully someone will see it."

Noelle: "Someone who doesn't want to kill us."


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