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Virgil Bliss

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • After serving twelve years in prison, an ex convict tries to start a "normal life" while on parole. Virgil Bliss (Clint Jordan) decides to find a good job, get married, and start a family. The only problem is that he's living in a halfway house and doesn't know any women. His roommate Manny Alvarez (Anthony Gorman), a hood with a chip on his shoulder, introduces Virgil to a prostitute named Ruby (Kirsten Russell). Virgil immediately falls for the hard-bitten and vulnerable woman and moves in with her after his release from the halfway house. He gets a job as a janitor and begins a straight life, but Ruby, a damaged junkie, denies him his dreams of normalcy. When Manny gets out of the halfway house, he shows up at Virgil's door, trying to pull Virgil back into a life a crime. To make matters worse, Ruby's pusher gives Virgil trouble, forcing him to make some tough decisions about his values and the lifestyle that he wants so badly. Kirsten Russell and Clint Jordan are heartbreaking as two damaged people trying to make it in this debut film by Joe Maggio.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 910354

  • Credits
    Clint Jordan, Kristen Russell, Anthony Gorman, John Hagemann
  • Critic Reviews
    "...The film has a gentle, unforced intimacy that never becomes claustrophobic....It is enough of an act of optimism just to raise the specter of heroic nobility, something that VIRGIL BLISS accomplishes with subtlety and poignancy..."
    New York Times

    "...The cast give the kind of edgy, short-fused performances, with all emotions out and jumping, that Cassavetes liked to elicit....On the strength of his filmmaking debut, Maggio's potential is considerable..."
    Sight and Sound

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