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Oliver Stone directed this John Ridley screenplay adapted from Ridley's novel John Ridley. A drifter (Sean Penn) eludes Las Vegas collection agents and arrives in a small town where he decides to linger after his car has a breakdown. Here he gets involved with the locals, including an unhappily married couple -- a businessman (Nick Nolte) and his seductive, femme-fatale wife (Jennifer Lopez). A trailer trash teen (Claire Danes) also approaches him in an effort to get away from her abusive boyfriend (Joaquin Phoenix). Tensions in the town escalate, eventually leading to murder. Stone wanted to change the title from Joaquin Phoenix back to John Ridley but encountered a problem with Akira Kurosawa, who felt it was too similar to his detective classic, Akira Kurosawa (1949) with Toshiro Mifune. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

  • Release date:October 3, 1997

Cast

Sean Penn
as Bobby Cooper
Nick Nolte
as Jake McKenna
Jennifer Lopez
as Grace McKenna
Powers Boothe
as Sheriff Potter
Claire Danes
as Jenny
Joaquin Phoenix
as Toby N. Tucker
Billy Bob Thornton
as Darrell
Jon Voight
as Blind Man
Abraham Benrubi
as Biker #1
Julie Hagerty
as Flo
Bo Hopkins
as Ed
Valery Nikolaev
as Mr. Arkady
Ilia Volokh
as Sergei
Aida Linares
as Jamilla
Laurie Metcalf
as Bus Station Clerk
Liv Tyler
as Girl in Bus Station

Crew

Oliver Stone
Director
Dan Halsted
Producer
Clayton Townsend
Producer
John Ridley
Screenwriter
John Ridley
Book Author
Robert Richardson
Cinematographer
Ennio Morricone
Composer (Music Score)
Thomas J. Nordberg
Editor
Hank Corwin
Editor
Victor Kempster
Production Designer
Dan Webster
Art Director
Richard Rutowski
Co-producer
John Ridley
Executive Producer
Merideth Boswell
Set Designer
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor
Costume Designer
Gary Alper
Sound/Sound Designer
Mary Vernieu
Casting
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