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- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 29 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: March 21, 2000
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Lions Gate
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.78
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Dolby Surround - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Isolated Audio Track: Score
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spots/Previews
- Steven Soderbergh - Director, Lem Dobbs - Writer
- Terrence Stamp, Peter Fonda - Stars
- Production Notes
- Biographies: Cast & Crew
- Filmographies: Cast & Crew
- Additional Text: Theater Specifications
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Peter Fonda & Terence Stamp|
|Performer:||Lesley Ann Warren, Luis Guzmán, Barry Newman, Joe Dallesandro, Nicky Katt, Amelia Heinle & Melissa George|
|Directed by||Steven Soderbergh|
|Edited by||Sarah Flack|
|Music by||Pete Townshend|
|Screenwriting by||Lem Dobbs|
|Composition by||Cliff Martinez|
|Produced by||John Hardy & Scott Kramer|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"Tell me about Jenny."
- Wilson (Terence Stamp)
Those interested in more challenging work will find the film a unique meditation on the nature of Hollywood.
...[Stamp] carries the movie....A stylish, hard-edged melodrama...
Movieline's Hollywood Life
Rating: B+ -- The crimer suffers from a slim, underdeveloped script by Lem Dobbs (who also write Kafka), but benefits from Soderbergh's astute direction that posits two 1960s cinematic icons, Brit Terrence Stamp and American Peter Fonda as long-time enemies.
Rating: 3/4 -- Stamp has done some wonderful work in a long and varied career. This is not his best film, but it may be the most forceful acting he has ever accomplished. Full Review
Rating: 4/5 -- A montagem, a interessante utilização de imagens de Poor Cow e, claro, a interpretação impecável de Stamp transformam um roteiro prosaico em uma experiência intrigante.
Cinema em Cena
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Not your standard revenge movie, thanks to the inventive and stylish direction of Steven Soderbergh. Full Review
Rating: 3.5/4 -- An apparently simple movie that demands and rewards a deeper look.
Globe and Mail
With THE LIMEY, director Steven Soderbergh has crafted a stylish revenge thriller that also contains a refreshing sense of humor. Wilson (Terence Stamp), a tough English ex-con, travels to Los Angeles to avenge his daughter's death, which he is convinced was not accidental. After meeting Ed (Luis Guzmán), a friend of his daughter's who sent him a letter informing him of her passing, he finds out about her affair with Terry Valentine (Peter Fonda), a drug-dealing, money-laundering record producer, and begins to hunt him down. Partnered with Ed as well as Elaine (Lesley Ann Warren), his daughter's former voice coach, Wilson encounters a near-fatal beating, is thrown from a building window, survives a dangerous car chase, and battles an army of L.A.'s toughest criminals. Soderbergh's follow-up to the critically beloved OUT OF SIGHT finds him in similar neo-noir waters, but this time he utilizes atypical editing and narrative technique for the film's entirety. In a striking move, he ingeniously incorporates footage of Stamp as a young man in Ken Loach's 1967 film POOR COW for truly realistic flashbacks. As the fuming Wilson--a hell-bent, white-haired avenging angel--Stamp proves, once again, to be a truly magnetic screen presence.
A dazzling revenge thriller set in the sun-soaked streets of Los Angeles, THE LIMEY follows a recently paroled Englishman, Wilson, who has traveled to America to investigate his daughter's tragic death. When he learns of her relationship with a powerful music producer, Terry Valentine, he embarks on a violent journey in order to exact revenge. Director Steven Soderbergh uses a striking editing style to add a deeper dimension to the proceedings. The result is a visually arresting motion picture that features another unforgettable performance from Terence Stamp.
- Theatrical release: October 8, 1999.
- The footage of young Terence Stamp is taken from Ken Loach's 1967 film POOR COW. Director Steven Soderbergh said that had he not gotten the rights to the film, he probably wouldn't have made THE LIMEY.
- Luis Guzmán also appeared in Soderbergh's TRAFFIC and OUT OF SIGHT.
- Steven Soderbergh told USA Today in January 2001, "I didn't ever want to make a movie with this kind of fractured narrative again. It was driving me insane."
- In one scene Peter Fonda is watching George Clooney on ACCESS HOLLYWOOD; Clooney starred in Soderbergh's previous film, OUT OF SIGHT.
- Entertainment Weekly named THE LIMEY the fifth-best video of 2000.
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