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      Limbo

      R Released Jun 4, 1999 2 hr. 6 min. Drama List
      72% 39 Reviews Tomatometer 70% 250+ Ratings Audience Score After a traumatic accident years ago that left others dead, Joe Gastineau (David Strathairn) has lived a life full of guilt, leading a solitary existence as a fisherman in Alaska. After he meets lounge singer Donna (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), he starts to fall for her and open up. However, when Joe's half brother (Casey Siemaszko) returns, asking for help, it sends Joe, Donna and her daughter, Noelle (Vanessa Martinez), on a boat ride that will change their lives. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Jun 27 Buy Now

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      Alec B The characters are all well written but the movie loses something in its second half (namely believability) that makes some narrative sense but is also frustrating. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/28/24 Full Review Audience Member I always seem to enjoy the work of David Strathairn. Interesting film, except for the type of fuzzy ending that leaves me yelling at the screen. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie definitely leaves the viewer in limbo, as it doesn't have the kind of ending you'd expect. I didn't mind that. That is not why I'm giving this film a low rating. I found the film boring at times. I wasn't invested in the romance between the two main characters, either. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is a very good singer and the scenes where she sings were the best in the movie. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Well-acted though the ending of John Sayles' Alaska-set drama about a trio of its troubled inhabitants render the titular sentiment and leaves little resolution to the earlier narrative that appears to describe the attributions of the frigid U.S. state. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member A rich and powerful story with well developed characters. I was the most impressed with how unpredictable it was, although not a thriller, it kept me guessing literally until the end - justifying the movie's title. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review william s Another gem from Sayles in this character driven indie thriller....loved the ending whie it more than pissed off my friends, Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Globe and Mail Rated: 2.5/4 Mar 22, 2002 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times Sayles has started with a domestic comedy, and led us unswervingly into the heart of darkness. Rated: 3.5/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review James Berardinelli ReelViews Rated: 3.5/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Sharply uneven, John Sayles' 12th film features many of his thematic motifs but the ambiguous ending is problematic. Rated: C+ Jul 2, 2009 Full Review Jim Lane Sacramento News & Review Rated: 4/5 Aug 7, 2008 Full Review Film Threat Rated: 2.5/5 Dec 6, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis After a traumatic accident years ago that left others dead, Joe Gastineau (David Strathairn) has lived a life full of guilt, leading a solitary existence as a fisherman in Alaska. After he meets lounge singer Donna (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), he starts to fall for her and open up. However, when Joe's half brother (Casey Siemaszko) returns, asking for help, it sends Joe, Donna and her daughter, Noelle (Vanessa Martinez), on a boat ride that will change their lives.
      Director
      John Sayles
      Screenwriter
      John Sayles
      Distributor
      Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Entertainment
      Production Co
      Green/Renzi
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 4, 1999, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 25, 2010
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $2.0M
      Sound Mix
      Dolby, Surround, SDDS
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