A young drifter arrives in a small town and is promptly mistaken for a professional hit man. Flat broke, he accepts the assignment, but then real one turns up on the scene. –Inbaseline
Assured director of modern film noirs who has injected new life into the genre with a series of tough, economical, and atmospheric tales. Dahl tells unsentimental stories of hopelessly stupid men who take the fall for beautiful dames. Whereas most movies of this ilk are set against the backdrop of urban L.A. or NYC, this Montana native finds the darkness in the heart of middle America, in claustrophobic towns surrounded by great open spaces. In an era of imitations, both cheap and lavish, he offers the real deal.
Dahl entered the industry as a storyboard artist on “A” films (“Something Wild” 1986; “Married to the Mob” 1988) and an assistant director on “B” genre fare (“The Dungeonmaster” 1983). He made his first feature as a student at Montana State University—“The Death Mutants” (1980), a horror/sci-fi send-up. Dahl moved to L.A. where he attended the American Film Institute as a directing fellow. After making some well-received shorts, including “The Ugliest Family in the World”… read more
Beautiful and fatalistic. Nic Cage and the Hoppmeister and magnetic, there really is no other way to describe it. And Dahl's direction is sublime. It's visually thrilling, like a dream. You keep wondering to yourself how much more absurd can it get? One of the best movies I've seen in a while.
Pretty great film noir, very tense in some places. Great acting from Cage, Hopper (he's in Blue Velvet territory as Lyle From Texas) and J.T. Walsh. This film has a certain atmosphere too it, keeps you interested and is pretty liable to have you on the edge of your seat. Underrated and Overlooked