Bright Angel is a 1990 American drama film directed by Michael Fields, and starring Dermot Mulroney, Lili Taylor, and Sam Shepard. The film follows two teenagers, George and the transient Lucy, who travel from their home in Montana to Wyoming in order to help Lucy's brother escape from jail. It was adapted from a short story in Richard Ford's collection titled Rock Springs.
|Directed by||Michael Fields|
|Produced by||John Daly|
Rbert K. MacLean
|Written by||Richard Ford|
|Music by||Christopher Young|
|Edited by||Clement Barclay|
|Distributed by||Hemdale Film Corporation|
|Box office||$158,243 (USA)|
Although it received some critical acclaim, the film earned only $158,243 at the domestic box office.
George (Mulroney) is a Montana teen whose sanity is deteriorating due to his parent's marital woes. He links up with Lucy (Taylor), a runaway headed for Wyoming with a dark background, who is trying to get her brother out of jail. George tries to help her, but finds himself crossing paths with people even more emotionally disturbed than his mother and father.
The shoot was reportedly tumultuous for Lili Taylor, who was nearly fired over aesthetic decisions she'd made in presenting herself as the character. In a 2016 interview, she referred to it as the single most difficult film shoot in her career, stating that she had essentially been fired from the project, but was forced to finish her work on the film.
|“||There is a moment in every good movie when it becomes clear that the director knows what he is doing. In Michael Fields' Bright Angel, that moment comes when the son and the father come home, and find that the mother has been fooling around with another man... Movies like this (I am also reminded of Terence Malick's Badlands and Days of Heaven) depend so much on actors for the right tone, and Lili Taylor and Dermot Mulroney are perfectly matched to the material.||”|
However, reviews such as Kathleen Maher of The Austin Chronicle did not think highly of it, gave it 2 stars and had differing views of the acting:
|“||Someone, it seems, has been watchin too many '70s road pictures and reading Jim Thompson novels way too late at night... Unfortunately, there's not much of a whole story here. It's an intricate collage without a frame. Taylor, a hypnotic screen presence visually is, otherwise, a pain in the ass with constant wisecracks delivered as if she's imitating Christian Slater imitating Jack Nicholson and adding a Canadian accent for good measure. She's been better in Mystic Pizza and in Say Anything.... Mulroney, on the other hand, may be just another pretty face, because he usually just stands around with his hands in his pockets. One thing for sure, all of these people are capable of better work, wait for it.||”|
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