- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 48 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: December 14, 2010
- Originally Released: 1986
- Label: Shout Factory
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: "Making Trouble in Mind" featuring new interviews with Kris Kirstofferson, Keith Carradine, Lori Singer, Geneviève Bujold and more
- In conversation with Alan Rudolph and Mark Isham
- Liner notes by Alan Rudolph
- Special Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"If a man looked at a woman's mouth before her eyes, he'd get fooled a lot less."
- Hawk (Kris Kristofferson) to Georgia (Lori Singer)
"There's only two ways to handle a woman, and both ways are wrong."
- Solo (Joe Morton) to Coop (Keith Carradine)
"Miracles happen when you surrender. The trick is surrendering on your own terms."
- Hilly Blue (Divine)
Variety - 12/18/1985
"...A stylish urban melodrama....There are few directors who can fill a frame with as much interesting business as Rudolph....Visually tantalizing..."
Los Angeles Times - 12/13/1985
"...Outrageous, audacious and endearing by turns, TROUBLE IN MIND is a full-blown romance, with lovers-in-innocence and lovers-in-experience and a mysterious city, which draws them all and blurs the lines between them..."
Sight and Sound - 09/01/2008
"Rudolph's stylised neo-noir is ripe for discovery by a new generation....This is 1980s cinema at its most playfully postmodern, dressing up a barebones gangster story in retro-futuristic wrappings..."
Empire - 09/01/2008
3 stars out of 5 -- "Alan Rudolph's very '80s, multi-genre movie has a cracking blues score, snappy, hardboiled patter and iconic performances..."
A.V. Club - 12/15/2010
"TROUBLE IN MIND is driven primarily by music and images....It's a consummate mood piece awash in the smoky glamour of a lost era of film." -- Grade: A-
New York Times - 12/03/2010
"[T]his quirky, dreamlike film dates from a time when a greater range of stylistic options were available to independent filmmakers....TROUBLE IN MIND pushes stylization about as far as American moviegoers will accept in a dramatic film, and perhaps a little bit further."
Film Comment - 01/01/2011
"Crazy, soulful, and lovingly attuned to faces filled with faraway longing, TROUBLE IN MIND is as fiercely dedicated to cinematic beauty as the greatest Powell-Pressburger films."
Kris Kristofferson stars as Hawk, an ex-cop released from jail after a murder sentence who returns to fictional Rain City (actually Seattle) and the diner of his old flame, Wanda (Geneviève Bujold). Also seeking refuge at Wanda's is country boy Coop (Keith Carradine); his beautiful, naive wife, Georgia (Lori Singer); and their baby. The good-hearted Wanda lets the struggling family in, but Coop quickly turns bad, joining up with an aspiring jewel thief (Joe Morton). Hawk falls for Georgia, and all sorts of trouble comes to mind from there, including the presence of the legendary Divine (of John Waters fame) in a rare nondrag performance as high-strung villain Hilly Blue.
Director Alan Rudolph made this film after the success of 1984's CHOOSE ME, and he really lets his imagination flow, with great expressionistic use of the city of Seattle, miniatures, and a wondrously mournful set of songs by Marianne Faithfull. The result is somewhere between a film noir romance, a tone poem, and a whacked-out comedy. Its beguiling combination of mystery, beauty, wit, and compassion has earned the film a respected cult status.
TROUBLE IN MIND presents an offbeat romantic triangle, set in the fictitious Rain City, involving an ex-cop who just got out of prison, a petty thief, and his unconventional girlfriend.
Film Noir |
Theatrical Release |
- Filmed in Seattle, Washington.
- Kris Kristofferson, Geneviève Bujold, and Keith Carradine all appear in other Alan Rudolph films.