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Lone Star [DVD] [1997] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Theatrical release: June 21, 1996 (New York City). Shown at the 1996 South by Southwest Film Festival. Filmed on location in Eagle Pass, Texas, and Piedras Negras, Mexico. Frances McDormand has a startling cameo as Sam Deed's (Chris Cooper) mentally-ill ex-wife, Bunny. "Although it's set on the Texas-Mexican border, a lot of what I was thinking about when I was writing it was Yugoslavia and how do you wake up one morning and have somebody come to your house and say, 'Well, here's a gun. You're a Serb. Let's go kill your next-door neighbor.'"--Director John Sayles in interview on THE CHARLIE ROSE SHOW. "I learned [about the situation in Texas] more from listening to songs--both Spanish and English--than from the literature I read," Sayles was quoted as saying by Jack Ryan in the book JOHN SAYLES, FILMMAKER. The music for LONE STAR was selected before shooting began. The music often reinforces the the film's themes of cultural appropriation. For instance, the music that is playing when Delmore meets his father is "Since I Met You Baby," by the African American blues star Ivory Joe Hunter. Hispanic singing star Freddie Fender made a popular cover of the song, entitled "Desde Que Conozco," which accompanies Sam and Pilar's scene in the Caf Santa Barbara.
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    • Rating - For brief language, sex, and violence
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2515

  • Credits
    Chris Cooper, Matthew McConaughey, Kris Kristofferson, Kris Karson, Elizabeth Pea, Elizabeth Pena, Miriam Colon, Joe Morton, Joseph Morton, Ron Canada, Oni Lampley, Joe Stevens, Clifton James, Tony Frank, Tony Plana, Leo Burmester, Stephen Lang
  • Critic Reviews
    "...A mystery of potent surprise, ready wit and rough-hewed grace....The performances are uncommonly fine..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...Intelligence, political acuteness and narrative lucidity....LONE STAR turns the conventions and vocabulary of the Western to its own ends..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...[A] socially conscious sprawler....[A] Texas-size cast of characters..."
    USA Today

    "...The glow of a humanist optimism rare in contemporary movies..." -- Rating: B+
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...A richly textured and thoroughly engrossing drama....Canada and James give vibrant performances..."
    Variety

    "...Leisurely yet intense, LONE STAR reveals a director whose mastery does nothing but increase..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...LONE STAR contains so many riches, it humbles ordinary movies....LONE STAR is a great American movie....The film is a wonder -- the best work yet by one of our most original and independent filmmakers..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "Intricately plotted and perfectly paced, it effortlessly slips between eras and surprises right up until the very last minute."
    Total Film

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