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LONE STAR

SYNOPSIS:
Take a small border town . . . add a little racial tension, a little sexual tension and a thirty- year murder mystery. The film is about orders, and the symbols the we erect between one another.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
John Sayles does great dialogue, even when the genre is action. He also sets us in a place and at a time of his choosing with such unerring accuracy that the place lingers in our memory as if wed vistied there ourselves. Of course, this is hugely helped by the harsh, dusty imagery of Stuart Dryburg's camera work, and the exceptional performances. Its a terrific cast, creating layered characters we recognise as real. The simple and rigorous framework of the story offers ironically - a panoramic study of three generations of American life, a portrait of personal and institutional corruption in a film as compelling as Chinatown, if thats not a confusing similie.



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LONE STAR(M)
US

CAST: Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Pena, Joe Morton, Clifton James, Kris Kristofferson, Stephen J. Lang, Matthew McConaughey, Stephen Mendilo

PRODUCER: R. Paul Miller, Maggie Renzi

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: John Sloss

DIRECTOR: John Sayles

SCRIPT: John Sayles

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Stuart Dryburgh

MUSIC: Mason Daring

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Dan Bishop

SOUNDTRACK: Daring Records

RUNNING TIME: 136 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Columbia TriStar

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: February 20 1997







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