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The Kansas City Star from Kansas City, Missouri • 88

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nr a i i Jeff Bridges makes worthwhile MOVIE REVIEW Grim tale showcases the seldom-appreciated but very talented actor By ROBERT BUTLER Movie Editor one of our most versatile actors a dependable second-tier leading man who won't set the turnstiles spinning on his own but who rarely disappoints In Bridges plays Jack Kelson a career criminal just released from prison and tiying to decide what to do with his new-found freedom With a droopy mustache long hair pulled back in a ponytail and the lanky tattooed musculature of a guy who has had nothing to do for several years but pump iron Bridges is both seductive and a little scary Meeting him at the bus station is his 15-year-old son Nick (Edward Furlong of who has been farmed out to sister for several years Nick has run away from this foster home to Heart" send you out of the theater whistling but it will leave you with a renewed appreciation of Jeff Bridges Nobody says go see a Jeff Bridges the way they do for Sylvester Stallone or Tom Cruise But Bridges has become Grittily realistic and unrelentingly downbeat Jack Kelson (Jeff Bridges) faces life after prison in drama is raw guage violence ana brief nudity Running time is 1 hour 52 minutes find his dad and Jack is less than pleased to see his offspring Going straight will be hard enough without dealing with a sullen sad teenager was afraid in Jack observes really Director Martin Bell whose documentary about Seattle runaways was a devastating look at the urban underworld seems aware of every minute detail of nether world of drifters crooks by-the-week apartments and cheap beer joints is so realistic almost too much What makes it bearable is the humanity Bridges finds in his troubled but innately decent character As a bond slowly develops between father and son Jack finds himself relishing the paternal role Simultaneously he finds himself involved with a cabdriver (Lucinda Jenny) with whom he carried on a correspondence from prison But working menial jobs for a pittance is frustrating and always the temptations offered by one of old buddies in crime If this slime ball (Don Harvey) talk Jack into pulling a heist maybe he can get young Nick to go along Despite a few moments of shaggy dog humor is resolutely grim you can sense almost from the first scene that Jack and Nick are going to have a very hard time of iL 9: Digital ystems hijack holster ed Fully Spacious NLV 1 GOO uai i in in Monitors tic Ticket Ticket king at the i 1 1 ur Opening Movie Selections Just for You! H-10 The Kansas City Star Friday 20 1993.

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