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Simple Men [Blu-ray]


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Product details

  • Actors: Robert John Burke, Bill Sage, Elina Lowensöhn
  • Directors: Hal Hartley
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Jun 2013
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BSX69LC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,458 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Romantic drama from writer and director Hal Hartley following the comic antics of two brothers determined to trace their missing father, a former baseball champion and student radical, who is somewhere on Long Island. With the brothers' search leading them to two different women, they encounter passion and insight into the father they have not seen for so long.

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Simple Men opens with small-time hood Bill (Robert Burke from RoboCop 3) asking a bound and blindfolded security guard if he can have the guard's Virgin Mary medallion; "Be good to her and she'll be good to you", says the guard. Immediately after, Bill is double-crossed by his girlfriend and his partner. From there, the plot goes off in a completely different direction: Bill and his younger brother Dennis (William Sage, High Art), a philosophy student, go off in search of their father, a former star shortstop who may have committed a bombing many years ago. Their only clue is a phone number on Long Island; they end up at a cafe run by Kate (Karen Sillas, Female Perversions), which is also the hang-out for Elina Loewensohn (Nadja) and Martin Donovan (Hollow Reed, The Opposite of Sex). Plot is never the point in Hal Hartley movies (Trust, Amateur, Henry Fool); it's just a clothesline on which to hang odd, quirky scenes--moments like Donovan and Sage trying to imitate Loewensohn's dance movements to a Sonic Youth song or a half-drunken conversation about pop music and self-exploitation. Hartley's deliberately stilted dialogue and stylised performances actually play better on video; the movie feels more intimate, making the humour more relaxed and fluid. Hartley is the kind of idiosyncratic filmmaker who provokes love-him-or-hate-him responses, but there's a deep sincerity to his artifices that goes beyond mere posing. Against all commercial wisdom, he's struggling to find his own cinematic poetry. Such an uncommon aspiration is worth checking out. --Bret Fetzer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Mar 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Concerning the adventures of two brothers in search of their renegade, anarchist terrorist, all-star shortstop dad in Long Island. ("It's not an Island, it's a terminal murain... the land left over when ice recedes," one casually observes.) Features an odd, if entrirely characteristic, dance sequence to Sonic Youth's "Kool Thing" and Martin Donovan's ode to Hot f**cking Tuna. Entirely essential for fans of the director; others may be baffled.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Murray on 31 Mar 2013
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I hadn't seen this film for years. It used to be one of my favourites and watching it again I remember why.
The DVD itself is another matter though. A horrible transfer and they've even managed to get the name of the film wrong in both the packaging and the menus.
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By Alleycat on 28 April 2014
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I am a massive fan of Hal Hartley but you don't get to see his films at the cinema (where I live) so was very happy to find his back catalogue giving me the opportunity to start buying my favourites (as well as new releases). This film is worth buying alone just for the cast dancing to Sonic Youth. Still puts a smile on my face. If you like quirky, thought provoking films, try Hal Hartley, you won't regret it.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Sep 2003
Format: VHS Tape
My second best Hartley's film. A bit more professional in the making than the Unbelievable Truth, though maybe it lacks the immense freshness of the Hartley's very first film. Hence the 4 stars, not 5.
Anyway, really worth it, nothing to do with his pseudo-sophisticated and boring later films like Amateur.
When does it come out on DVD? (Hint!)
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Chapman on 15 Jun 2013
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I suspect most people either love or hate Hal Hartley. I find myself somewhere in between. He is entertaining, funny, pretentious, infuriating, clever (sometimes too clever), moving, David Mamet crossed with Oscar Wilde, that ends up being completely original. I just wish he'd acknowledged that the dance scene is a complete homage (to put it politely) to the dance in Godard's Bande a part, even down to the the pretty girl with a gamine fringe.
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