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Somewhat over-the-top, but also hauntingly effective


This isn't Scorsese's most well-known film, but it's certainly one of his best-rendered melodramas. It doesn't try to do too much and Cage generally gives one of his more sympathetic performances as a beleaguered soul in a sanity-depleting world. Although I did not see this when it came out, I'm glad I finally did. For a portrayal of a gritty slice of life, I recommend this film.

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Something pulls me back to this film over and over. I love what Scorsese has done since this but I feel like this is his last TRULY gritty film. It's the type of film I think he'd make more often if he wasn't 70+yrs old lol.

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You're right, I barely knew anything about this film before tonight. It popped up on HBO and as soon as I saw Scorsese's name, I pressed play. I was surprised by how gritty and raw it was. And at the same time, it had beauty and soul. Cage did a great job of capturing someone who's burned out and desperate for redemption. I can see this becoming a personal favorite.

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