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The Weather Man [DVD]

Nicolas Cage , Michael Caine , Dina Facklis    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Nicolas Cage, Michael Caine, Hope Davis, Gemmenne De La Pena, Nicholas Hoult
  • Directors: Dina Facklis
  • Producers: Hans Zimmer, Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 24 July 2006
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FBHR8M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,960 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Nicolas Cage stars in this off-beat comedy as Chicago TV weather forecaster Dave Spritz, who has a love-hate relationship with his public, and with his eccentric family. When he is given the opportunity to move to New York and hit the big time in his career, Dave makes one last effort to reunite his family, from his wayward children, to his father, the famous writer Robert Spritzel (Michael Caine). But the more Dave tries to take control, the more he finds that life, like the weather, is unpredictable.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars quirky and excellent 24 Oct 2006
As another reviewer pointed out, this film does not fit in any one particular genre, so those expecting the usual brand of comedy will probably be disappointed. Where is the low-brow or no-brow usual brand of big box-office hit humour? Well if you want that, maybe you had better look elsewhere. This does have funny moments in it, but this is more a study of when things fall apart, and it's very well done, the melancholy and desperation in the film somehow do not leave you depressed, only impressed by the acting and the quiet beauty of the film.

Henry David Thoreau said that most men led lives of "quiet desperation", and this can't be better portrayed than here. David Spritz, aka Nicholas Cage, tries to keep himself from falling apart, but his anguish is palpable. He knows at best his weather reports are rough estimates, "it's just wind." His life mirrors his work, as his loss of absolute control over the weather reports is mirrored by his loss of control over events in his life, his father's illness, his children's teenage angst and his estranged wife whom he tries to win back but fails.

As things worsen in his life, he seeks solace in archery, and watching him concentrate on this you get the impression it has a meditative quality to it, the control he has over this sport is in complete contrast to the rest of his life. Somehow the archery scene manages to capture an essence of him re-adjusting to his new life, how he is finding new strength within when things are falling apart without.

It is difficult to write the feelings and impressions you are left with after watching this film. It's something that might make you think about your own life and how you are living it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the most underrated films i can think of 3 July 2012
I missed this film when it first came out, and, due to it not being particularly well reviewed, was in no rush to see it. I have only got around to it due to having watched "The Family Man" a while ago, and remembering how much I love watching Nicolas Cage in stuff, and so added a load more to my lovefilm list. And he doesn't disappoint again. In fact, I think this is one of his greatest performances.

The acting is superb throughout this film, with the one bad spot being Michael Caine's appalling effort at an American accent. It's such a small attempt, he gives up trying sometimes, and when he does do it, it makes you cringe. Other than that though, his performance is excellent, as Cage's disappointed father. He's disappointed with David Spritz (Cage), as is everybody else, most of all Spritz himself. He does 2 hours of work a day, and picks up a couple of hundred thousand dollars a year for it. He's a weather man, but he's not even a meteorologist. He hates that there is a high degree of variance, which means the predictions he makes can't even be relied upon. So if his predictions are unreliable, and that's all he does, then what use is he?

His conclusions about himself aren't happy ones, unfortunately, but what he thinks of himself is probably still nicer than what his ex-wife, played by Hope Davis, thinks of him. They have two kids, a fat unhappy daughter and a son who has had drug problems, and is assigned a counsellor, but has the bad luck to get a dodgy pervy one who wants to take photos of him topless.

Spritz gets a shot at getting one of the top weather jobs, on daytime US network television, which would mean relocating.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Melancholy; Thy name is 'Weather Man'. 24 July 2010
By Bart
'The Weatherman' makes for a very 'comfortable' watch. I use 'comfortable' because of its coherence. First of all, Nicolas Cage was briliiantly cast for his role as Weather Wimp. Furthermore, the events depicted in the film blended together logically and seemlessly. Throughout the picture a sort of affluent consistency prevailed. Up to the smallest detail, everything had been worked out perfectly. Simple plot; David Spritz, prime example of Mr. Nice Guy who lets the whole world trample over him, tries to rearrange his life by meticiously avoiding stepping up for himself. Apart from the occasional fall out with ex wife and soon to marry new love of her life, David sports a stiff upper lip, sometimes accompanied by an apologistic smile, when life throws him another setback. This includes a whole range of fast food items, which are chucked at him from passing vehicles. David takes it all in his stride and keeps on trying to mend his marriage, support his children who live at mum's, support his dad who is terminally ill, write a book and land a job as weatherman with one of the national networks. In spite of all the opposition he encounters, David keeps on going with one step forward and two steps back. The combination of a well thought through plot, spellbinding acting and great score made me feel very melancholic. I presume this was the very emotion director Gore Verbinski tried to convey. He succeeded admirably. Another perk in this production is the appearance of Michael Caine. Listening to British actors having to speak with an American accent is not often a pleasurable experience. Michael Caine proved to be an exception to the rule. Just goes to show what a great actor he is. Don't mistake 'The Weatherman' for a comedy. It isn't. It's drama alright. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Almost Excellent Movie
This is a quasi arthouse film with famous actors. Alone worth watching for Michael Caine's performance. The lack of a major climatic moment is in itself part of the story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Richard Cunningham
4.0 out of 5 stars for adults only, like a rock
This film has too much divided opinions, and the mine is "Weather Man" is a good movie with one exceptional sequence represented by the exceptional Michael Caine. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Carlos Vazquez Quintana
5.0 out of 5 stars A great, understated movie with Nicolas Cage playing a real,...
I just love this movie. It also showcases that director Gore Verbinski can do anything, from making a great re-make of Japanese shocker "The Ring" to the Pirates movies to this... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mrs. V. F. R. Niekerk
1.0 out of 5 stars Not actually worth the single star....
I can never get back that 97 mins, and that's a crime. I like a lot of Nick Cage's work, but he should've passed on this script. Dull, depressing.... Read more
Published 20 months ago by C. A. Wilson
1.0 out of 5 stars A comedy Really?
The Weather Man Movie Review:
Although I do like Nicolas cage this is possibly the worst film I have ever seen! Read more
Published on 17 May 2012 by Master Z. J. Fowler
3.0 out of 5 stars Unusual - but ultimately misses the mark.
There are plenty of light-hearted films about disfunctional families where someone comes along and solves all their problems in an unconventional or funny way - but this is not one... Read more
Published on 5 Dec 2011 by MarkW
1.0 out of 5 stars nice weather for ducks
err... this film is a turgid grind with little or no humour; it's coarse and unnecessarily grumpy with no real relief or "answer" to the main protagonist's apparent angst and I... Read more
Published on 20 Nov 2011 by Hill Walker
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite a good watch, lots that is good, but I think doesn't appreciate...
On the whole, this is a quite good production of a lightly diverting screenplay which also has a good emotional appeal, deeper beyond what you might expect for the content. Read more
Published on 30 April 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle & brilliant
This film is one of my favourite films of all time, quite simply it is a subtle masterpiece.
If you didnt like it the first time watch it again, but dont focus on it being a... Read more
Published on 1 July 2010 by G-Man
4.0 out of 5 stars More than just a comedy
A lot of criticism has been levelled at 'The Weather Man' due to its failings as a comedy. This is a failure of marketing, not of film making. Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2010 by Andrew Mcguinness
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