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COMMANDMENTS

SYNOPSIS:
Seth Warner (Aiden Quinn) is a good, kind, decent man with a happy and near perfect life. Until tragedy strikes. Again and again. He believes that for some inexplicable reason, he has become the target of Godís wrath. How does a mortal man get back at The Almighty? He takes the commandments, Godís rules and throws them back in Godís face. God has screwed with him, so he will screw with God. Seth Warner is about to prove to the universe that when you have nothing left to lose, you finally have the strength to risk it all.

"Interesting concept, good cast, but Commandments is a dark romantic comedy that doesnít deliver as much as it should. Aiden Quinn, Courtney Cox and Anthony LaPaglia are most convincing and do their best, with what is decidedly a second rate script. Quinn gives a persuasively tormented performance, while LaPaglia - always a solid performer - adds his impressive charisma here. While the theologian questions raised are fascinating, in this context they border on the ridiculous, as the plot dips into unbelievable territory. Itís called a comedy, but itís sadly lacking in humour. Commandments is a well made film that didnít get a theatrical release in Australia, but should find a less critical market on video."
Louise Keller

"I wish this were a better film, because itís a subject matter close to my heart: the incessant battering of a decent man by capricious fate (God, in this case). Itís not so much self pity but a cry for justice, I like to think, and Aiden Quinnís performance is just too superficial for me to believe he feels like I do about this. There is not enough angst in the script, not enough balls in the direction and not enough cinematic oomph to pull it off. The subject is still open for attention . . . "
Andrew L. Urban

"ÖToo glib and too oblique to break out of niche interest, the film has modest theatrical prospects, although it seems a pleasant enough diversion for the small screenÖ Writer Daniel Taplitzís feature directorial debut, Commandments suffers in large part from its failure to establish a consistent toneÖ.Quinn, Cox and LaPaglia give winning performances but simply donít have the ammunition to smooth the ambivalent nature of the material. Certainly one has to commend Taplitz for keeping it short and brisk. Pic is slick without being self-conscious. But such attributes are insufficient for admission to filmmakersí heaven. Whatever constitute the 10 commandments of movies, surely this film violates at least seven of those cardinal rules."
Leonard Klady, Variety

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CAST: Aidan Quinn, Anthony LaPaglia, Courteney Cox, Shirl Bernheim, Peter Jacobson, Patrick Garner, Marcia Debonis,

DIRECTOR: Daniel Taplitz

PRODUCER: Michael Chinich, Joe Medjuck, Daniel Goldberg

SCRIPT: Daniel Taplitz

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Slawomir Idziak

EDITOR: Michael Jablow

MUSIC: Joseph Vitarelli

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Robin Standefer

RUNNING TIME: 86 minutes

AUSTRALIAN VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: CIC VIDEO

AUSTRALIAN VIDEO RELEASE: June 12, 1998







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