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Simpatico [DVD] [2000]


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  • Actors: Nick Nolte, Jeff Bridges, Sharon Stone, Catherine Keener, Albert Finney
  • Directors: Matthew Warchus
  • Writers: Matthew Warchus, David Nicholls, Sam Shepard
  • Producers: Chuck Binder, Dan Lupovitz, Greg Shapiro, Jean-François Fonlupt
  • Format: Anamorphic, Full Screen, PAL
  • Language: French, English
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005A8T2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 472,752 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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They call horse racing the "sport of kings" but Simpatico makes it look more like the sport of shifty, money-grubbing sleaze bags. This intricately plotted drama centres around a clutch of former business partners--Vinnie, Carter and Rossie--who 20 years ago pulled a scam with a "ringer" (a fast horse secretly substituted for a slow one) to make a killing on the Kentucky Derby. However, the plot was rumbled by racing-inspector Simms (Albert Finney), so the trio blackmailed him with dirty pictures. All this is revealed in grainy Super 8 flashbacks with one set of young actors (apart from Finney) while in the present, the mature versions of the three cohorts, played by Nick Nolte, Jeff Bridges and Sharon Stone, struggle with their consciences and regrets. It all looks set to unravel once Vinnie decides to make restitution to Simms.

There's some meaty, ambitious stuff here, but director Matthew Warchus and co-writer Sam Shepard's reaches for more than it can grasp. For example, the over-the-top symbolism of having the horse swap mirrored in a lifestyle swap between Vinnie and Carter defies all plausibility. The stars all reprise well-rehearsed personas: here's Nolte playing the crazy bum as in Down and Out in Beverly Hills, there's Jeff Bridges unveiling yet-another of his patented smug yuppies brought low; and haven't we already seen Sharon Stone playing an embittered lush in Casino? (Admittedly she didn't do a Southern accent that time.) As ever, Being John Malkovich's Catherine Keener steals the show as dreamy checkout girl grabbing her chance at the brass ring. But in the end, Simpatico's sluggish pacing means it slows to a trot right when it should start to gallop. --Leslie Felperin

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By dozza on 21 April 2014
Format: DVD
I didn't like it. I would only recommend it to Jeff Bridges and Nick Nolte fans and that's at a push as i am a fan of both actors. I also don't understand why Sharon Stone was even in it. 2 out of 5
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Anyway. Aside from any horse related nastiness. This film is ok. Just ok. Catherine Keener is brilliant and lovely. Albert Finney is a joy to watch as always. It's not a bad film it's just not that great either. I have seen much much worse. But I've also seen much much better too. For a far superior Sharon Stone starrer I would HIGHLY reccommend The Mighty (1998). And for Jeff Bridges The Vanishing (1994) is, in my opinion, better than this film. Also check out Arlington Road (1999) for Bridges.
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By brian tipping on 19 Oct 2013
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this one crept under my radar did it go straight to dvd ?.it's a good film.. well acted and well worth watching.
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Nov 2000
Format: DVD
Vinnie and Carter haven't been friends for twenty years after pulling a huge racing horse scam which made them each a small fortune. Vinnie, a tatty unrespectable man who seems to have already spent his money fells more than guilt after the racehorse scam. Carter is a successfull horse breeder with his biggest opportunity to become a multi-millionaire, a horse called Simpatico. Rosie is the love of both of the mens lives and twenty years later, Vinnie, who was deserted by his two friends wants the love of his life back. After one phonecall, the men have swapped places and the powerful Carter is suddenly not so powerful anymore and a secret is resurrected, one which will destroy Carter. The drunkard Rosie is played by Sharon Stone, Nick Nolte is Vinnie and Jeff Bridges is Carter in this award winning packed cast of Simpatico.
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By mr john popey on 13 Dec 2014
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all ok
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