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Limbo
Limbo
Actors: David Strathairn, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Vanessa Martinez, Hermínio Ramos, Kris Kristofferson
Director: John Sayles
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     1999     2hr 6min

Traumatized by a boat accident at sea many years before, Joe Gastineau has given up his hopes for a life beyond the odd jobs he takes to support himself. That quickly changes when Donna DeAngelo, bar singer and nomad, and ...  more »

     

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Actors: David Strathairn, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Vanessa Martinez, Hermínio Ramos, Kris Kristofferson
Director: John Sayles
Creators: Haskell Wexler, John Sayles, Maggie Renzi, Sarah Connors
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Family Life, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 11/23/1999
Original Release Date: 06/04/1999
Theatrical Release Date: 06/04/1999
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 2hr 6min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Limbo is an unexpected delight!
Barbara Smith | Ann Arbor, MI USA | 05/25/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

""Limbo" is an excellent film. I have only seen one other film by Sayles, "Lone Star." I liked "Lone Star", but the ending of that film creeped me out. Otherwise I felt it was a good movie. So it was with some fear that I decided to see "Limbo." I'm not sure what viewers who loved "Lone Star" would say about "Limbo." I really enjoyed "Limbo." The actors portrayed the characters well. David Strathairn plays the role of Joe Gastineau well. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is fantastic in the role of Donna De Angelo. The young woman who plays Noelle De Angelo, Vanessa Martinez, is incredible.The movie is character-driven as opposed to plot/action-driven. Expect the style of filmmaking to be more Northern Exposure than ER. We really get to know the characters in this film either by default or through direct contact. The way in which the stories of the characters are woven together is intricate-evidenced by a scene in which several conversations at a bar are occurring at the same time.The end of the movie, which I will not reveal, is somewhat unexpected and may make some viewers upset. Viewers should keep the title of the movie in mind while watching the film and the end will seem perfect.One of my pet peeves in movie watching is seeing a film that has a terrible ending. Limbo has a perfect one. The last 30 or so minutes of the movie are the best in the film and need to be seen again. I give this movie two thumbs up and recommend it to those who enjoy seeing excellent acting!"
The Journey Is The Story
John Bowes | Oxford, MA USA | 08/01/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"One might not like the ending, but damn... the trip was fascinating. Sayles has created a gem, shining thru the pale offerings that pass as adult drama in these days. Is it possible that a young actress reading from a diary can be so fascinating? Is it possible that an actress singing can make you run out and buy a soundtrack? Is it possible not to recognize Bruce? Is it possible that Sayles manages time and again to draw stellar performances from actors and actresses who seem to be under utilized in an industry focused on the next pretty face? Yes to all. Do yourself a favor, spend some time in Limbo."
Ever heard of a satisfyingly ambiguous ending?
R. Rosenkranz | near Seattle, WA USA | 01/24/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I HATE untidy or ambiguous endings. Check that...I LOATHE untidy or ambiguous endings. Whenever I see an untidy/ambiguous ending, I think that either: 1) the writer/director didn't know how to end the movie, so figured he'd just stop filming somewhere along the way; or 2) that the writer/director is going for some deep meaningful ending that is supposed to make us think he/she is a "powerful" director willing to "take risks" to "make a statement".Well, let's just say that I found the ending to Limbo to be one of the most satisfyingly ambiguous endings I've ever seen. The final shot says so much about where the characters have come from and how they've changed that it was really touching...despite not really learning what happens past the final shot.This movie is like two movies in one, and the fact that it works is a huge credit to John Sayles. The first half of the movie involves the relationships between people who are basically down on their luck in Alaska. And if you think they are in limbo through the first half of the movie, wait until the sudden shift to the Alaskan wilderness for the second half of the movie.Beautifully acted, written, directed and filmed. Great dialog and oustanding scenery. Definite 5 star movie all the way."
Limbo is pure storytelling.
Ben T. | San Jose, CA | 10/13/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"When I first saw Sayles film "Lone Star," it touched me on a level I couldn't even fully explain. When I saw Limbo I was amazed that he'd done it to me again! Limbo is painted with rich textures, sounds that haunt you and the earnest feeling that you actually know these people. I felt as if I was there with them, my life threatened and frightened. Who would have thought that a young girl reading from a diary would contain more raw power and intensity than a Schwarzenegger movie?--another masterpiece of filmmaking by a master director."