Vladimiro Ariel Dorfman is an Argentine-Chilean-American novelist, essayist and human rights activist. A citizen of the United States since 2004, he has been a professor of literature and Latin American Studies at Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina, since 1985. Dorfman was born in Buenos Aires on May 6, 1942, the son of Adolf Dorfman, born in Odessa to a well-to-do Jewish family, became a prominent Argentine professor of economics and the author of Historia de la Industria Argentina, Fanny Zelicovich Dorfman, born in Kishinev of Bessarabian Jewish descent. Shortly after his birth, they moved to the United States and in 1954, moved to Chile, he attended and worked as a professor at the University of Chile, marrying Angélica Malinarich in 1966 and becoming a Chilean citizen in 1967. From 1968 to 1969, he attended graduate school at the University of California at Berkeley and returned to Chile. Since the restoration of democracy in Chile, in 1990, he and his wife Angélica have divided their time between Santiago and the United States.
From 1970 to 1973, Dorfman served as a cultural adviser to President Salvador Allende. During this time he wrote, with Armand Mattelart, a critique of North American cultural imperialism, How to Read Donald Duck. Dorfman was supposed to work on the night shift at the La Moneda presidential palace the night before the Pinochet coup, but he had swapped his shift with his friend Claudio Jimeno, not knowing what was to come. Forced to leave Chile in 1973, after the coup by General Augusto Pinochet leading to President Allende's suicide, Dorfman went on to live in Paris and Washington, D. C. Since 1985 he has taught at Duke University, where he is Walter Hines Page Research Professor of Literature and Professor of Latin American Studies. Dorfman was member of the Group of 88, a group of signatories of a controversial advertisement in The Chronicle, Duke's student newspaper during the Duke lacrosse case. Dorfman details his life of exile and bi-cultural living in his memoir, Heading South, Looking North, acclaimed by Elie Wiesel, Nadine Gordimer, Thomas Keneally and others.
Dorfman's work deals with the horrors of tyranny and, in works, the trials of exile. In an interview in BOMB Magazine, Dorfman said, "I'm trying to figure out how you can be true to an experience which in fact few people in the world would understand, such as having most of your friends disappear or be tortured, at the same time finding a way of telling that story so other people in other places can read their own lives into that." His most famous play and the Maiden, describes the encounter of a former torture victim with the man she believed tortured her. Dorfman identified "the stark, painful Chilean transition to democracy" as Death and the Maiden's central theme; the play received a 20th anniversary revival in the 2011–2012 season at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London's West End, directed by Jeremy Herrin and starring Thandie Newton, Tom Goodman-Hill, Anthony Calf. His thesis on the absurd in plays of Harold Pinter was published in Spanish as El absurdo entre cuatro paredes: el teatro de Harold Pinter by Editorial Universitaria, in Santiago, Chile, in 1968.
Pinter became a personal friend as well as an influence on Dorfman's work and political thinking. A critic of Pinochet, he has written extensively about the General's extradition case for the Spanish newspaper El País and other publications, in the book Exorcising Terror: The Incredible Unending Trial of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. Rather than distinguishing between politics and art, Dorfman believes "that one’s writing is political," and, at its best, "engages the major dilemmas...of the community."Dorfman's works have been translated into more than 40 languages and performed in over 100 countries. Besides poetry and novels— Hard Rain, winner of the Sudamericana Award, he has won various international awards, including two Kennedy Center Theater Awards. In 1996, with his son, Rodrigo, he received an award for best television drama in Britain for Prisoners in Time, his poems, collected in Last Waltz in Santiago and In Case of Fire in a Foreign Land, have been turned into a half-hour fictional film, featuring the voices of Emma Thompson, Harold Pinter, others.
Dorfman's human rights play, Speak Truth to Power: Voices from Beyond the Dark, premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D. C. in 2000, subsequently aired on PBS as part of its Great Performances series. The play starred Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Alec Baldwin, John Malkovich, among others, was directed by Greg Mosher, it has gone on to numerous performances including a run in New York City. On May 3, 2010, a "Speak Truth to Power" benefit for survivors of the 2010 Chilean earthquake was put on by New York's Public Theater, directed by David Esbjornson, featuring an all-star cast of Elias Koteas, Marcia Gay Harden, Alfred Molina, Julianne Moore, Viggo Mortensen, Gloria Reuben, Paul Sorvino, Meryl Streep, Stanley Tucci, Debra Winger. Dorfman's play The Other Side had its world premiere at the New National Theatre in Tokyo in 2004 and opened off-Broadway at the Ma
A Perfect World
A Perfect World is a 1993 crime drama road film directed by Clint Eastwood starring Kevin Costner as an escaped convict who befriends a young boy and ends up embarking on a road trip with the child. Eastwood co-stars as a Texas Ranger in pursuit of the convict. In 1963 Texas, convicts Robert "Butch" Haynes and Terry Pugh escape from the state penitentiary in Huntsville. Fleeing, Pugh stumbles into a house where eight-year-old Phillip Perry lives with his devout Jehovah's Witness mother and two sisters. Butch follows, hits Pugh to make him stop molesting the mother. Needing a hostage to aid their escape, Butch grabs the boy; the trio's journey soon hits an unpleasant note as Butch kills Terry, following the latter's attempt to harm the child. With his partner out of the way, the convict and his young victim take to the Texas highway in a bid to flee from the pursuing police. Meanwhile, Texas Ranger Red Garnett, riding in Governor John Connolly's airstream trailer, is in pursuit. With criminologist Sally Gerber and FBI sharpshooter Bobby Lee in tow, Red is determined to recover the criminal and the hostage before they cross the Texas border.
Red reveals to Sally that he has a personal interest in apprehending Butch alive. Though Butch doesn't realize it, Red has a history with him; when Butch was a teenager, he stole a car, Red was the arresting officer. Butch was living with his abusive father a criminal, at the time. Due to his age and it being a first offense, Butch was supposed to get a lenient sentence. Red thought juvenile prison was safer for Butch than home, muses that some of the kids who went through Gatesville turned out ok, one became a priest, he felt that if Butch had been left at home with his father, he would have a rap sheet "as long as my arm." Red asked the judge to give Butch a harsh sentence. Years Red has come to realize that the harsher sentence only encouraged the life of crime he feared would happen. Now, Red is hoping. Phillip, eight years old, has never participated in Christmas celebrations. Escaping with Butch, however, he experiences a freedom which he finds exhilarating, as Butch gladly allows him the kind of indulgences he has been forbidden, including the wearing of a shoplifted Casper the Friendly Ghost costume.
Phillip becomes aware of his surroundings, with constant encouragement from Butch, seems to acquire the ability to make independent decisions on what is wrong and right. Butch finds himself drawn into giving Phillip the kind of fatherly presence which he himself never had. Butch and Phillip try to make it to New Mexico, but find out that the highway they are driving on is unfinished. While asleep in their car in a cornfield, they encounter Mack, a farmer, his family - Lottie his wife, his grandson Cleveland. Mack abuses Cleveland, which Butch tries to tolerate, but when Mack figures out who he is he puts a stop to it, he beats Mack and plans on killing him, but Phillip picks up Butch's gun and shoots Butch in the stomach. Phillip walks out of the house, drops the gun into a well, throws the car keys away, runs across a meadow. Butch follows, rests at the tree Phillip has climbed. In the following dialogue Phillip apologizes for shooting Butch who tells him he did the right thing. Red's team surrounds the field where Phillip and Butch are situated, Butch soon sends the boy to his mother, who has arrived by helicopter and who Butch has made promise to take Phillip trick-or-treating every year.
Unwilling to leave the wounded Butch, the boy runs back and hugs him – a gesture which, along with his knowledge of Butch's character and background, convinces Red that he can resolve the situation peacefully. His plans are thwarted, when Bobby Lee, mistaking one of Butch's gestures to mean he is about to draw a gun, fires a shot into his chest and killing him; the move leaves Red frustrated at his inability to save Butch and take him alive. Red punches Bobby Sally kicks him in the groin before walking away. Phillip is reunited with his mother, they fly away in a helicopter while Phillip sadly looks through the window at Butch's lifeless body in the meadow; the last part of the film, from Butch and Phillip having breakfast at Mack and Lottie's home to the rifle shot which kills Butch, occur on November 22, alluding to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, occurring on the same day in Texas. Kevin Costner as Robert "Butch" Haynes Clint Eastwood as Chief "Red" Garnett Laura Dern as Sally Gerber T.
J. Lowther as Philip "Buzz" Perry Keith Szarabajka as Terry Pugh Leo Burmester as Tom Adler Paul Hewitt as Dick Suttle Bradley Whitford as Bobby Lee Ray McKinnon as Bradley Mary Alice as Lottie Wayne Dehart as Mack Linda Hart as Eileen Cameron Finley as Bob Fielder, Jr. Gil Glasgow as Pete Marco Perella as Trooper While Eastwood was making In the Line of Fire, he was given the screenplay to A Perfect World, he was in the midst of campaigning for the Academy Awards with Unforgiven and saw A Perfect World as an opportunity to work as a director only and take a break from acting. However, when Kevin Costner was approached with the screenplay for the movie, he suggested that Eastwood would be perfect for the role of Texas Ranger Red Garnett. Eastwood agreed, realizing that his screentime would not be as significant, leaving most of the time to work behind the camera; the film was shot in Austin and Martindale, Texas, in between San Marcos and Lockhart in the spring and summer of 1993. A Perfect World was released in United States theaters in No
Flesh and Bone (film)
Flesh and Bone is a 1993 neo noir film drama written and directed by Steve Kloves that stars Meg Ryan, Dennis Quaid and James Caan. Gwyneth Paltrow is featured in an early role. Janet Maslin of The New York Times described Paltrow as a scene-stealer "who is Blythe Danner's daughter and has her mother's way of making a camera fall in love with her." A family in rural Texas finds a boy, who says he is lost. They take him into their home, feed him, give a place to sleep, but the boy lets his father, into the house to commit a robbery. When they are discovered, Roy brutally murders the family; the sole survivor is a baby girl. Time passes, Arlis lives a solitary life in which he drives a truckload of goods and novelties to restock vending machines and arcade games in roadside stores and restaurants. Making a stop at a roadhouse where a rowdy party is being held, he spots Kay, a woman who pops up out of a cake at the party and passes out because she had been imbibing liquor. Arlis ends up giving her a long drive, while continuing to make his rounds.
Upon coming home, Kay sees that her husband Reese has sold the furniture, having lost their money gambling. She leaves with Arlis, they grow close. Meanwhile, a young woman named, she is a grifter who will pretend to be a mourner in order to steal the jewelry from a dead body at a funeral home. Ginnie brings an injured Roy to his estranged son, to tend to his injury. Passing the house where he grew up, Arlis comes to realize that Kay was the infant who survived the long-ago murders. Roy figures this out as well, he begins talking about tying up loose ends. It leads to a confrontation, Arlis shoots Roy dead. Ginnie goes off on her own, Kay and Arlis go their separate ways. Dennis Quaid as Arlis Sweeney Meg Ryan as Kay Davies James Caan as Roy Sweeney Gwyneth Paltrow as Ginnie Scott Wilson as Elliott John Hawkes as Groom Principal photography began on October 5, 1992 and completed on December 26, 1992, it was filmed in Texas. It was filmed at the Mustang Mott, owned by Maxine McCoy, in Westhoff, Texas.
It was filmed in Marfa, Texas. Producer Mark Rosenberg died of a heart attack suffered on the film's location in Texas; as the end credits begin, the film is dedicated to him. Flesh and Bone on IMDb Flesh and Bone at AllMovie Flesh and Bone at Rotten Tomatoes
Serving Sara is a 2002 American romantic comedy film directed by Reginald Hudlin and starring Matthew Perry, Elizabeth Hurley, Bruce Campbell. Joe Tyler is a process server, given the assignment to serve Sara Moore with divorce papers, he does so, but Moore persuades Tyler to serve Moore's husband instead so that she can get a larger portion of his money in the divorce. The rest of the film follows their attempt to carry out Sara's plan; the film garnered negative reviews and did poorly at the box office, debuting in the top 10 when it was released on August 23, 2002 in the US, where it grossed only $5,750,000 on the weekend. Joe Tyler, a process server, is a week late serving a Mafia kingpin known as Fat Charlie with a summons to appear as a witness in court. Joe's abrasive boss Ray ridicules him while complimenting Joe's rival, for serving multiple summonses in record time. Willing to give Joe one last shot, Ray gives him an assignment to serve British socialite Sara Moore with divorce papers from her husband, at his ranch in Texas with his mistress, while Sara is vacationing in upstate New York.
While Joe is attempting to serve Sara, Tony tips her off, thus revealing that Joe has been failing because Tony is sabotaging his efforts. Joe does serve her, but is mugged soon thereafter. Joe and Sara are forced to take the same bus; when she learns that "half of everything" would apply if the papers had been served under New York law, Sara offers Joe a million dollars to serve her husband and rip up her papers. Despite knowing that he might lose his job, Joe agrees and the two set off together to serve Gordon; when Ray hears of their plan, he sends Tony off to re-serve Sara. Gordon hires a bodyguard to protect himself, Joe, expecting Tony to tail him, leaves a set of bogus clues that lead Tony to Miami, Bangor and Amarillo, where Tony is shot in the back as he attempts to get on the grounds of the wrong ranch to try to serve the papers. Sara and Joe trail Gordon to his ranch. At the ranch, Sara takes Gordon's passport so that he can not leave the country. Sara and Joe stay overnight at a hotel, Joe tells Sara of his dream of owning a vineyard.
While Sara is bathing, Joe goes to the bar, Gordon's mistress appears to suggest a new deal to Joe. Joe agrees, but the entire deal is a setup to get Tony into the hotel room to serve Sara, which he does. Furious, Sara kicks Joe out. While Joe contemplates his lost fortune and budding affection for Sara, he notices Tony's watch in the picture Tony took of him serving Sara, calls Ray to inform him that Tony forgot to set his watch to Central Time Zone, so that the papers do not take effect until 7:04 pm Central Time. With mere minutes until they both lose a fortune and Sara trail Gordon to a monster truck rally, they evade both Gordon's bodyguard and Tony, with seconds to spare, Sara knocks Gordon out by dropping a six-pack of beer on his head. Joe serves him under New York law and Gordon takes the papers. Tony and the bodyguard are carried out of the stadium on stretchers and attempt to fight one another; the final scene shows Joe and Sara at Joe's vineyard, where they taste-test a bottle of Joe's first vintage before going inside to have sex.
Matthew Perry as Joe Tyler Elizabeth Hurley as Sara Moore Bruce Campbell as Gordon Moore Vincent Pastore as Tony Cedric the Entertainer as Ray Harris Amy Adams as Kate Terry Crews as Vernon Jerry Stiller as Milton the Cop Marshall Bell as Warren Cebron Joe Viterelli as Fat Charlie Serving Sara was universally panned, receiving negative reviews from critics. As of August 2007, the film had a score of 18 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 26 reviews, indicating "overwhelming dislike." On Rotten Tomatoes, it holds an approval rating of 4% based on reviews from 112 critics. Cynthia Fuchs from PopMatters found the progression of the plot "increasingly incoherent, a string of rehashed sight gags based in insipid vulgarity." Entertainment Weekly's Lisa Schwarzbaum described the film's humor as being "a cattle ranch full of joke droppings and mooing shtick not worth stepping in." Scott Tobias of The A. V. Club said about the film, " third-rate conflation of Midnight Run and It Happened One Night, Serving Sara relies on Perry's perpetually exasperated shtick, which fits more comfortably among the democratic ensemble of TV's Friends."
Manohla Dargis of the Los Angeles Times called it, "One of the more cynical and insulting Hollywood offerings in recent memory," saying that, "Unfunny and lacking any sense of commitment to or affection for its characters, the Reginald Hudlin comedy relies on toilet humor, ethnic slurs." In a review for The New York Times, Stephen Holden criticized the film for utilizing a similar cattle gag scene from the Farrelly brothers comedy Say It Isn't So to grab laughs from the audience, saying that "Some jokes are just so uproarious they have to be recycled." He gave note of the performances of Perry and Hurley, finding the latter coming out unscathed but felt the former doesn't do well because "his blocky, charmless screen presence and attitude of blustery impatience make the movie sometimes hard to watch." The film opened at #6 at the U. S. earned $5.7 million in its opening weekend. The film had a budget of $29 million and the film's tot
Dr. T & the Women
Dr. T & The Women is a 2000 American romantic comedy film directed by Robert Altman, it features an ensemble cast that includes Richard Gere as wealthy gynecologist Dr. Sullivan Travis and Helen Hunt, Farrah Fawcett, Laura Dern, Shelley Long, Tara Reid, Kate Hudson and Liv Tyler as the various women that encompass his everyday life; the movie was filmed in Dallas and was released in US theaters on October 13, 2000. The film's music was composed by american composer and conductor Cliff Eidelman and alternative country singer Lyle Lovett, who released an album of his score in September 2000. Dr. Sullivan Travis is a wealthy Dallas gynecologist for some of the wealthiest women in Texas who finds his life beginning to fall apart starting when his wife, suffers a rare type of infantalizing syndrome of wealthy women, receding into a childlike state and, after she disrobes in a shopping mall fountain is committed to the state mental hospital; when Dr. T visits Kate, she rebuffs his kisses as improper and he sees her pre-teen psychic age cannot be brought back to adulthood by his affection.
Dr. T's eldest daughter, Dee Dee, is planning to go through with her approaching wedding despite the secret that she is romantically involved with Marilyn, the maid of honor. Dr. T's youngest daughter, Connie, is a spunky conspiracy theorist who has her own agenda including sharing with her father how she discovered Dee Dee and Marilyn are lovers. While Marilyn is on his examining table for the first time, she surmises her condition is caused by the stress of being the maid of honor for her friend Dee Dee. Dr. T realizes she is Dee Dee’s lover and becomes embarrassed mid-examination asking Carolyn, Dr. T's loyal secretary, to finish. Carolyn has romantic feelings for him, which are not mutual: in a farcical scene at the workday end, she locks the office door and gives him a shoulder-massage from behind his chair, secretly disrobing while emphasizing his need for a loving wife. Refreshed but unaware of her intentions, he goes to the coat closet and finds she has vanished. From under the desk, she says.
Approaching the desk he glimpses her state of dress and leaves. Dr. T's sister-in-law, meddles in every situation she stumbles into. At his golf club, Bree, a golf pro, gets accidentally soaked by the automatic sprinklers and he offers a towel and his dry golf cart and they decide to play the round together. Accepting his offer for dinner, she says she knows a better place than his suggested restaurant, next they’re taking grocery bags into her condo, she moves and gracefully turning on the stereo music by Lyle Lovett, the grill on the balcony, putting steak on, going upstairs, into one room walking nude across the balcony to the shower. After dinner, she takes a bottle of wine upstairs hesitating he follows her and they become lovers, she provides comfort in his difficult office and personal life. As Dee Dee's wedding begins the skies are thunder increasing; as the procession is blown by increasing wind, Dee Dee bypasses her groom and kisses Marylyn and the skies open up sending all the guests for shelter.
Inspired, Dr. T drives his open top convertible to Bree’s house where he asks her to marry and run away with him, he offers to fulfill her every need and she asks why she would need that. She says she says she has made other plans. Dr. T. asks if she is with Harlan, one of his golfing/hunting buddies, She replies: “I’m not with anyone.” He drives off into the storm and into a tornado as it crosses his path and is lifted into the air, tumbles in debris. The camera view pans to reveal distant mountains surrounding a vast desert flat land, his nearby car is found by three young Spanish speaking children. A little girl in a white dress with a veil sees the doctor badge on the front grill of the car Exclaiming “Dr!”. They find & still dazed, to a circle of seven tiny houses where a woman is in labor. Galvanized by the sight, he washes his hands, drops his wedding ring into the basin, takes charge and delivers the baby, holding it and rejoices “it’s a boy!” Dr. T & The Women was released in US cinemas on October 13, 2000, earned $5,012,867 in its opening weekend on 1,489 screens, ranking #7 in the weekend of October 13, 2000 grossing $13,113,041 in the United States.
It was released in the United Kingdom on July 6, 2001, went on to gross $9,731,250 in international profits. The film received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a score of 57%, based on 107 reviews—61 positive and 46 negative. Metacritic gave the film an average score based on 35 reviews. CinemaScore audience polling gave the film an "F". Critic Roger Ebert gave the film three stars, stating "When you hear that Dr. T is a gynecologist played by Richard Gere, you assume he is a love machine mowing down his patients. Nothing could be further from the truth". Dr. T & the Women on IMDb Dr. T & the Women at AllMovie Dr. T & the Women at Box Office Mojo Dr. T & the Women at Rotten Tomatoes Dr. T & the Women at Metacritic
The Faculty is a 1998 American science fiction teen horror film written by Kevin Williamson, directed by Robert Rodriguez, starring Elijah Wood, Josh Hartnett, Shawn Hatosy, Jordana Brewster, Clea DuVall, Laura Harris, Robert Patrick, Bebe Neuwirth, Piper Laurie, Famke Janssen, Usher Raymond, Salma Hayek, Jon Stewart. The film was released on 1998, by Miramax Films through Dimension Films, it grossed $40.3 million at the US box office. The film has developed a cult following in the years since its release. One evening at Herrington High School in Ohio, several teachers and Principal Drake leave after discussing the school's budget; when Drake returns to retrieve her keys, Coach Willis becomes erratic and stabs a pencil through Drake's hand when she attempts to leave. Drama teacher Mrs. Olson emotionlessly stabs Drake with scissors; the following morning, the students arrive, including Casey Connor, the dedicated but perpetually harassed photographer for the school newspaper. Casey is the unappreciated assistant to spiteful Delilah Profitt, the paper's editor-in-chief and head cheerleader.
Delilah's mistreated boyfriend Stan Rosado is contemplating quitting the football team to pursue academics. Zeke Tyler is an rebellious student repeating his senior year. Tyler sells, among other illegal items, a powdery ecstasy-like drug he distributes. Naive transfer student Marybeth Louise Hutchinson befriends self-styled outcast Stokely Mitchell, who has deliberately spread rumors that she is a lesbian though she has a crush on Stan. Marybeth develops a crush on Zeke. Casey notices a strange creature on the football field and takes it to science teacher Mr. Furlong, who believes it is a new species of cephalopod-specific parasite called a mesozoan. Delilah and Casey hide in the teachers' lounge to find a story, they witness Coach Willis and Ms. Olson forcing one of the creatures into the ear of school nurse Ms. Harper, they find the body of Mrs. Brummel. Casey and Delilah flee, Casey calls the police. Principal Drake claims nothing is wrong and Casey is seeking attention; the next day, Casey tells Delilah and Stokely he believes the teachers are being controlled by aliens.
After Zeke and Marybeth tease them about their theory, Mr. Furlong confronts them. Furlong becomes defensive and attempts to infect them. Zeke cuts off Furlong's fingers, which keep moving on their own, injects his homemade drugs into Furlong's eye killing him. Zeke takes the five to his house, he discovers it can be killed by his drugs. Zeke makes everyone take his drug to prove. Delilah is revealed as infected, she destroys Zeke's lab and most of his drug supply before escaping. Acting on Stokely's speculation that killing the alien queen will revert everyone to normal, the group returns to the school, where their football team is playing and infecting opposing players. Believing Principal Drake to be the queen, they fatally shoot her. Stan confronts the team to see if the plan worked, but becomes infected himself. Zeke and Casey retrieve more of Zeke's drugs from his car. Casey leads infected students away from Zeke, who encounters Miss Burke in the parking lot and kills her while escaping. At the gym, Stokely becomes suspicious of Marybeth during a conversation about pretending to be what one is not.
Marybeth subsequently reveals herself to be the alien queen. Casey and Stokely flee to the swimming pool, where Stokely becomes infected. Zeke and Casey hide in the locker room, she explains. Marybeth transforms back into her true form and hurls Zeke across the room into the lockers, knocking him out. Casey seizes the drug and tricks the queen into following him into the retracting bleachers, trapping her, he stabs the drug into the queen's eye. The queen infects Casey with her dying breath, but he immediately returns to normal upon her death. Casey finds Stokely and Zeke alive. One month everyone has returned to normal. Stan and Stokely, who has shed her Goth girl image, begin dating, Zeke takes Stan's place on the football team. Mr. Furlong has miraculously survived the attack. Casey begins dating Delilah, no longer vindictive, is considered a local hero as various newspapers reveal the attempted alien invasion is now public knowledge. In 1990, David Wechter and Bruce Kimmel wrote their first draft of the script and sent it out, but there were no buyers.
It wasn't until after the success of Scream that Miramax bought the script and rushed it into production. Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein brought in Kevin Williamson to do rewrites, keeping the basic story, but rewriting the dialogue and adding new characters to make it more "hip". Williamson was set to direct the film, but he chose not to so he could direct his self-penned script Teaching Mrs. Tingle; the Weinsteins brought in Robert Rodriguez to direct the film instead. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film received an approval rating of 53% based on 51 reviews, with an average rating of 5.6/10. The site's consensus reads, "Rip-off of other sci-fi thrillers." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 61 out of 100 based on 19 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews." Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B"
The King (2005 film)
The King is a 2005 drama film about a troubled man discharged from the Navy, who goes to Corpus Christi, Texas, in search of the father he's never met. The film stars Gael García Bernal, who received strong critical acclaim for his portrayal of the main character Elvis, as well as William Hurt, Pell James, Paul Dano and Laura Harring; the film is rooted in a Southern Gothic style and features themes similar to those in Greek Tragedy. It was written by its British director James Marsh and by Milo Addica, the Academy Award-nominated writer of Monster's Ball and Birth. A man enlisted in the U. S. Navy, Elvis Valderez, is discharged and purchases a used car to travel to his “home” in Corpus Christi, Texas. Elvis arrives at the church of Pastor David Sandow, he watches his sermon from the back of the church and follows him and his family, including his wife Twyla, son Paul and daughter Malerie, to their home. Pastor Sandow confronts Elvis, who shows him a snapshot of his mother Yolanda, with whom he had relations many years ago before becoming a Christian.
Pastor Sandow becomes agitated and tells Elvis that he has a family now and is a popular member of the community. He tells Elvis to call him so they can talk, though tells his family that the young man wanted to become a member of the church and to not associate with him. Elvis gets a job as a pizza delivery man. Having met Pastor Sandow's teenage daughter Malerie earlier at the church, he soon begins to pick her up from school where they go on drives and take walks at a local park, they have sexual relations on a regular basis. Meanwhile, Pastor Sandow's son Paul leads a high school movement where he attempts to change the school's science curriculum from evolution to intelligent design, though his plans are rejected by the school board. Disappointed by this setback, who leads a Christian rock band at his father's church, performs an intimate song before the congregation about his frustrations, the song being a cover of Sparklehorse's "Sad and Beautiful World". Pastor Sandow chastises his son for such indulgence.
One evening, Elvis sneaks into the Sandow's home to spend the night with Malerie. After they have sex, he is spotted by Paul, he interrogates him about his affair with his sister. Paul threatens to tell his father and Elvis abruptly stabs Paul in the stomach, killing him. Elvis dumps Paul's body in a nearby returns Paul's car to the Sandow's house; the next day the police are called to investigate Paul’s disappearance and the family becomes distraught. Pastor Sandow believes Paul has run away because of the argument they had about his musical performance. Meanwhile, Elvis continues his affair with Malerie and she soon becomes pregnant. Elvis takes Malerie to the pond where he reveals to her what happened. In love with Elvis, Malerie holds his hands and they pray together to God and ask for forgiveness. After seeing Elvis one day at a traffic light, Pastor Sandow follows him to his motel. Together, they drive to a local archery range where he teaches Elvis to shoot with Paul's hunting bow, he invites Elvis to dinner.
In private, Elvis explains to Malerie that his arrival at dinner is because of his acceptance into her father’s church. Elvis soon moves into the Sandow's home. During a Sunday sermon, Pastor Sandow's wife Twyla walks out of the church, still distraught over Paul's disappearance and doubting the existence of God, she walks into a busy street of traffic and attempts suicide. Elvis begins to plant flowers in the family garden, Twyla compliments him on his work accepting him into the family. Malerie and Elvis continue to have sexual relations, with Elvis sneaking into her room each night. One Sunday, Pastor Sandow decides to make a confession to his congregation, he reveals that Elvis is his illegitimate son, the product of an affair he had many years ago with his mother Yolanda, a prostitute. Malerie, sitting next to Elvis, is stunned by the revelation and stares at him though he will not meet her gaze. Pastor Sandow asks Elvis to join him on stage and he is accepted into the congregation with enthusiastic applause.
Elvis and Malerie are having lunch together. Malerie is repulsed and distraught, but Elvis places a paper crown upon his head when she says to him, "We’re going to hell." Elvis attempts to enter Malerie’s room that night but the door is locked. The next day, Malerie embraces her mother in tears in the backyard of the Sandow's home. Elvis, watching from an upstairs window, is greeted by the hateful gaze of Twyla, suggesting that she now knows their secret. Pastor Sandow arrives at his church alone prepared to go about the day's business. A long camera shot through the Sandow's picturesque home reveals Elvis placing the dead bodies of Malerie and Twyla on Pastor Sandow's bed. Malerie is still breathing, Elvis smothers her with a pillow. Elvis sets fire to the Sandow home. Elvis drives in Paul's car to Pastor Sandow’s church. With blood on his shirt and hands, he walks into Pastor Sandow's office and says to him, "I need to get right with God"; the great majority of film critics were impressed with the film’s sensitive handling of subject matter.
Roger Ebert gave it 3.5/4 calling it, “the kind of work where characters develop on their own, without consulting the book of clichés”. Empire, a UK film magazine, called it, “A compelling and provocative sins-of-the-father story with a terrific ensemble cast, a sta