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Waking the Dead [DVD] [] [English]

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Fielding Pierce (Billy Crudup) is a promising young congressional candidate who becomes obsessed with the idea that his dead lover, Sarah (Jennifer Connelly), is still alive. Because of her involvement with a group called Sanctuary that harbors Chilean dissidents, Sarah is presumably killed in a car bombing. However, Fielding is never completely convinced that she's truly gone and years later begins to see and hear her presence. Filled with revealing flashbacks, the film follows the deeply involved romance of the ambitious Fielding and the idealistic Sarah during the 1970s while also portraying Fielding's struggle to win his congressional bid in the 1980s. As his political campaign progresses, so does his belief that Sarah is still alive, leading him to question his sanity and begin a desperate search to find her.

    WAKING THE DEAD is an eerily atmospheric drama, awash in chilling shades of black, white, and gray. Director Keith Gordon's use of flashback and nonlinear storytelling effectively conveys the deep power of memory and love that transcends traditional conceptions of time. Alternating between the past and the present, Gordon's adaptation of the novel by Scott Spencer is a dreamy, mysterious affair that features supremely convincing lead performances by Crudup and Connelly as well as solid supporting turns by Janet McTeer and Hal Holbrook.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 22677

  • Credits
    Billy Crudup, Jennifer Connelly, Hal Holbrook, Harold Rowe Holbrook, Paul Hipp, Janet McTeer, Molly Parker, Leah Pinsent, Tony Calabretta, Ivonne Coll, Sandra Oh, Lawrence Dane
  • Critic Reviews
    "...WAKING THE DEAD scores on the obsessive-love front..."

    "...Crudup etches a corrosive portrait of a man coming apart..."
    Movieline's Hollywood Life

    "...An often impressive intimacy....Visually enticing..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Mr. Crudup is a creditable actor who puts a great deal of craft into his performance....Ms. Connelly captures a burning ethereality and willfulness that are very much of the period..."
    New York Times

    "WAKING THE DEAD is a powerful story of love and politics in the '70s and '80s and their bittersweet aftermath. It is a film of uncommon intelligence and rigor that illuminates a complex era..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...WAKING THE DEAD has a good heart and some fine performances....It's a sweet film..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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