Rent Waking the Dead (2000)

3.3 of 5 from 60 ratings
1h 41min
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Synopsis:
Billy Crudup and Jennifer Connelly give passionate performances in this story of love, ambition, and the price of power. Filmmaker Keith Gordon delivers a psychological mystery of haunting proportions. When one man's 70's idealism confronts his 80's aspirations, he begins an emotional rollercoaster that brings ghosts back to life and asks the ultimate question: Does love conquer all, even death?
Actors:
, Bill Haugland, , , , , , , , , Robert Harding, , , , , Caroline Sabourin, , , ,
Directors:
Producers:
Keith Gordon, Stuart Kleinman, Linda Reisman
Writers:
Scott Spencer, Robert Dillon
Studio:
Universal Pictures
Genres:
Drama, Romance
BBFC:
Release Date:
04/04/2005
Run Time:
101 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 5.1, Italian Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Director's Commentary
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Cast and Filmmaker Biographies

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Reviews (1) of Waking the Dead

Thought provoking plausible ghost story. - Waking the Dead review by Timetravel

Spoiler Alert
01/03/2021

Please note. This is a film that continually cuts back and forth beween the 1980s and the early 1970s. If you dislike the extended use of flashback then this movie is probably not for you.

It's a ghost story but nothing inplausible happens. The main character played by Billy Cudrup is in the process of fulfiling his life's political ambitions. Jennifer Connelly (just before her Beautiful Mind breakthrough) plays the part of his dead lover Sarah, whose passionate idealism contrasts with the life of compromise that Cudrup's character has followed to pursue his aspirations. As election day looms he starts to have visions of Sarah 's ghost .

And that is basically the plot. There's not much in the way of action but the film works as a mood piece. It may well make you consider your own choices, depending on where you are in life and what you have done to get there!

I liked the use of Peter Gabriel's song 'Mercy Street' in the soundtrack. It really suits the mood and helps nail down the 1980s setting.

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