The Sunchaser

1996

Crime / Drama

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 17%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 41%
IMDb Rating 6.2 10 4566

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Cast

Lawrence Pressman as Agent in Charge Collier
Mickey Jones as Fuzzy, Biker #1
Robert Downey Sr. as Telephone Voices
Harry Carey Jr. as Cashier
720p.WEB
1.1 GB
1280*714
English 2.0
R
23.976 fps
2 hr 2 min
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Reviewed by kosmasp 7 / 10

Chasing the ... what?

If you are being told that you don't have a chance ... wouldn't you try to hold onto something that tells you there is a chance? Even if that may sound crazy to others - I mean really far out. Something that sort of happens here. And you have Woody Harrelson being the one playing it straight ... which is almost funny ... at least to a degree considering how out there he can be too. This road movie has a lot of tension, a lot of relationship and a lot of wisdom in a sense. Like what to do with life, how precious life is and how little we think about certain things that we take for granted. On the other hand, it has also scenes with a waitress that should be getting a lot of ... tips/attention - especially from male customers (surely some female or "other" too, I just hope I don't have to write that all the time but becomes a given). That scene is supposed to show flaws in our main character, though gets kind of swept to the side when a couple of minutes later there is an incident, that paints a different picture - though still abuse or offensive at least. The movie has not just good intentions but also a message if you will. About human will - no pun intended. While that is something that most can relate I reckon, the pacing and some bumps along the road may not bode well for viewers overall. Decent effort and worth a look for sure - especially if you are open to spiritual thinking (with a side dish of cynicism)

Reviewed by jotix100 6 / 10

On the road

Michael Cimino's "The Sunchaser", as was shown the other night on a cable station, looked faded. Working on a screen play by Charles Leavitt, Mr. Cimino doesn't add anything new to this genre.

If you haven't seen the movie, please stop reading now.

The choice of Woody Harrelson to play Dr. Michael Reynolds, seems to have been the wrong decision. Mr. Harrelson, a good actor, otherwise, appears out of his league and sometimes out of character. Dr. Reynolds is, at the beginning of the film, a man more interested in going to higher and better places, rather than treating some of the patients he's assigned to see. He has all the accoutrements that go with his position as a rising oncologist, including his brand new red Porsche, the status symbol of Angelinos.

When he is made to go along with the sick prisoner Blue, he gets a taste of what the ghetto is like. He has no choice but to go along for a ride with this disturbed young man. Blue is a Navajo by birth, but he's been away from his roots in a while.

Along the way to the Navajo sacred mountain, this odd couple experience quite a lot. Dr. Reynolds doesn't warm up to Blue at all. When a kind soul, Dr. Baumbauer, gives the pair a lift, Reynolds voices his prejudices loudly. After all, he's a man that has been trained professionally, therefore, he doesn't have time for these New Age charlatans who think the same way as Blue. The ending is predictable.

Woody Harrelson is miscast in the movie. Jon Seda, as the fugitive Blue, gives an uneven performance. The only one that fares better is Anne Bancroft, in her small role of a wise doctor Reynolds and Blue meet on the road.

Just out of curiosity, I watched the credits to see if the production company would have clarified that "No Porsche was damaged during the filming process".....

Reviewed by MOscarbradley 8 / 10

The work of a maverick director

Michael Cimino's final film "The Sunchaser" bombed but I suppose after "Heaven's Gate" Cimino was lucky to get any kind of gig. Consequently, the film virtually disappeared without trace and is, of course, now ripe for rediscovery. It's no masterpiece, (unlike "Heaven's Gate" which I firmly believe is a masterpiece), but it's no turkey either and is sufficiently 'strange' to be of more than passing interest.

It's a kind of road movie/buddy movie in which a 16 year old prisoner, (26 year old Jon Seda, excellent), who happens to be dying of cancer, escapes taking his doctor, (a miscast Woody Harrelson), hostage. It veers wildly between black comedy and some high flautin' philosophizing, bypassing the conventions of the thriller on the way. It's an ambitious picture that makes you wonder what audience Cimino had in mind, (did we really need the dotty Anne Bancroft episode), and you could say it's certainly the work of a maverick director, being closer in tone to the American films of the seventies than what was being turned out in the nineties and for all its faults you can tell it's the work of a major filmmaker, one whose real potential was never fully realized. Seek this one out.

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