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Fool for Love (1985)

R | | Drama | 14 May 1986 (France)
May is waiting for her boyfriend in a run-down American motel, when an old flame turns up and threatens to undermine her efforts and drag her back into the life that she was running away from. The situation soon turns complicated.

Director:

Robert Altman

Writers:

Sam Shepard (play), Sam Shepard (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sam Shepard ... Eddie / May's half-brother
Kim Basinger ... May / Eddie's half-sister
Harry Dean Stanton ... Old Man
Randy Quaid ... Martin
Martha Crawford Martha Crawford ... May's Mother
Louise Egolf Louise Egolf ... Eddie's Mother
Sura Cox Sura Cox ... May / Teenage
Jonathan Skinner Jonathan Skinner ... Eddie / Teenage
April Russell April Russell ... May / Young
Deborah McNaughton Deborah McNaughton ... The Countess
Lon Hill Lon Hill ... Mr. Valdes
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Storyline

May is hiding out at an old motel in the Southwest. Eddie, his half-brother, also an old flame shows up. He threatens her metaphorically and, at times, literally drag her back into the life she had fled from. The film focuses on the couple's fluctuating past and present relationships, and the dark secrets hidden within, including one from an old man who lives near the motel (Harry Dean Stanton).

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1986 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Extraña pasión See more »

Filming Locations:

El Dorado, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,637, 8 December 1985

Gross USA:

$836,156

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$836,156
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cannon Group See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie set motel rooms not used for filming for the movie were used by the producers as production offices. See more »

Quotes

May: Do you want me to finish the story, Eddie?
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Connections

Referenced in Batmania from Comics to Screen (1989) See more »

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You Lied Your Way
Written and Performed by Sandy Rogers
Produced by Jim Gaines
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Interesting, worthwhile, if not totally successful adaptation of the play.
20 August 2010 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

Interesting, laid back version of the Shepherd play. On stage, with Ed Harris in the lead, it was all frenetic energy and danger. Here the piece is more moody and dreamlike. At times that works tremendously well, and it is visually beautiful. The play has been opened up in a way that feels natural and not forced. And the use of narration is very interesting and productively unsettling, since the memories we see do not quite match the words we hear.

On the other hand, the slower pace makes the writing feel more melodramatic and almost old- fashioned in its twists. And Shepherd is nowhere near as interesting as Harris was on stage. We never feel that he is really dangerous. He comes off more as a love-struck kid than obsessed man. And it ends with a whimper, not a kick. Still, there are plenty of less interesting theater to film adaptations out there.


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