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Romeo Is Bleeding [DVD]

Gary Oldman , Lena Olin , Peter Medak    DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gary Oldman, Lena Olin, Wallace Wood, Juliette Lewis, David Proval
  • Directors: Peter Medak
  • Writers: Hilary Henkin
  • Producers: Eric Fellner, Hilary Henkin, Michael Flynn, Paul Webster, Tim Bevan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.44:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004THH2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 384,082 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Romeo Is Bleeding is the flawed black comedy from director Peter Medak (The Krays) about a bad cop who slowly gets his due. Gary Oldman plays yet another quirky character, this time a New York detective on the take. His life goes haywire as he squares off with a Russian hit woman. Despite an intriguing cast and great dialogue, the movie becomes a bit too eccentric for its own good as several actors have nothing to do. The high point is Lena Olin, who finally has a role she can sink her teeth into: her zesty, monstrous assassin, Mona Demarkov, is one of the great movie villains. --Doug Thomas

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic film, not for the fate of heart 3 Aug 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
Saw this cleverly constructed bit of film grit once on the big screen and had to see it again soon after. For sheer gut affect, mad plot twists and insane character portrayals, this ranks up there (though perhaps not SO high) with Pulp Fiction except without the hype.
Madman Gary Oldman is at his best here as a policeman and husband who just doesn't know how to behave, and Lena Olin is in one of her favorite, and most provocative, roles (a cop-killing assassin).
Be forewarned, there is violence enough and a strong aura of sexuality (though no crude sex scenes). And the witty dialogue is now and again punctuated with a wee bit of "colour". If Tarantino, Peckinpah, and Guy Richie are not your cup of tea, don't even try to take a sip of this stuff. It will not be to your tastes!
It's a film that is rough tough and half in the buff that you don't have to be ashamed of watching with your brain functioning.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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I can´t understand at all how people can compare this classic to a cheap TV-production. In my opinion, "Romeo is bleeding" can play on one level with "Pulp Fiction", "Jackie Brown", "Scarface" etc. In this film, we get a top leading actor (Oldman), a great counterpart (a real "femme fatale"), as well as a enthusiastic group of supporting actors (featuring Roy Scheider and other well known faces)and a great director who keeps the movie on a breathtaking pace. The conflict between the corrupt police-man and the female killer is amazingly well illustrated by Oldman and Olin and the end of the story is cruel and hard. That´s the way I like it. Honestly, the story maybe isn´t very original, but is that really important ?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars He was between a rock and a hard place. 30 Mar 2013
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Romeo Is Bleeding is directed by Peter Medak and written by Hilary Henkin. It stars Gary Oldman, Lena Olin, Annabella Sciorra, Juliette Lewis and Roy Scheider. Music is by Mark Isham and Gary Alper and cinematography by Dariusz Wolski.

Oldman plays corrupt cop Jack Grimaldi who does favours for The Mob in exchange for considerable payments. He has a loving wife and a mistress, but even that can't satiate his lust leanings. So when he is assigned to babysit Russian hit-woman Mona Demarkov (Olin), he is soon up to his neck in sexual yearnings. Something which spells trouble for everyone...

A box office flop and savaged by some pro critics, Romeo Is Bleeding is clearly not a film for everyone! Yet for those who like their neo-noir sprinkled with satire and Grindhouse flavours, it's definitely the film for you. It's possible that some folk just didn't get it, that it has its tongue firmly in its bloody cheek? While some of the charges of misogyny and it being a macho fantasy are kind of moot given it's written by a woman! Undeniably it is guilty of going too far over the top, where as it cheekily laughs at itself it forgets to rein itself in, a problem since the finale is surprisingly touching but difficult to accept given the carnage previously.

Sleaze and Greed.

The trajectory of story is classic noir. Hapless corrupt copper Jack Grimaldi loves his wife but finds it easy to cheat with other women. Once the incredibly sexy Mona Demarkov slinks into his view, he's in big trouble. Add in The Mob after him due to not carrying out a "hit" and you get a noir protagonist spinning towards misery.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldmantastic! 6 Oct 2003
A masterpiece!!!
I have seen this film a hundred times and it just seems to get better each time.
The cast is perfect.
A crazy tale that leaves a tear in your eye.
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