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WAKING THE DEAD
2000


May 23, 2001
Sundance Channel

Fielding Pierce.....Billy Crudup [Sleepers, Everyone Says I Love You, Inventing The Abbotts, Almost Famous]
Sarah Williams.....Jennifer Connelly [MichaelVox Top Five, Once Upon A Time In America, The Hot Spot, Career Opportunities, The Rocketeer, Higher Learning, Mulholland Falls, Inventing The Abbotts, Dark City, Requiem For A Dream]
Cinematography by Tom Richmond [Repo Man, Night Of The Comet, Hardbodies, Stand And Deliver, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, The Chocolate War, Pastime, Killing Zoe, Little Odessa, Slums of Beverly Hills]
Written by Scott Spencer and Robert Dillon
Directed by Keith Gordon [Jaws 2, Dressed To Kill, Christine, The Legend Of Billie Jean, Back To School, The Chocolate War, MichaelVox Top Drama of All Time: Homicide: Life On The Street (TBDSOTV), Wild Palms, Gideon's Crossing]

Young lovers want to make the world better in opposite ways, until the woman is killed, and the man begins thinking he sees her.

Completely romantic. Incredibly sexy leads are so convincingly in love, that if I was one of their significant others, I'd be asking some questions. The relationship grows at its own pace, slowly, like in real life. There are long discussions and dialogue-heavy scenes that add, rather than take away. One scene in particular takes place on the subway after she has made a scene at a political fundraiser. She apologizes, quietly at first, until they argue, and then make up, all in one uncut scene. It made me smile.

Fielding is a Coast Guard veteran who has aspirations to be President. Sarah is a leftist, who wants to change the world by her own hand. They embarrass each other at functions, they challenge the other one's view, but there is never any doubt that they love each other. I liked this one a lot.

40 Critics: 5.1






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