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|Billy Crudup and Jennifer Connelly give passionate performances,” raves Leonard Maltin of Playboy Magazine, about 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 roller-coaster that brings ghosts back to life and asks the ultimate question: does love conquer all, even death!|
Editor's NoteFielding Pierce (Billy Crudup) is a promising young congressional candidate who becomes obsessed with the idea that his dead lover, Sarah (Jennifer Connelly), is still alive. Because of her involvement with a group called Sanctuary that harbors Chilean dissidents, Sarah is presumably killed in a car bombing. However, Fielding is never completely convinced that she's truly gone and years later begins to see and hear her presence. Filled with revealing flashbacks, the film follows the deeply involved romance of the ambitious Fielding and the idealistic Sarah during the 1970s while also portraying Fielding's struggle to win his congressional bid in the 1980s. As his political campaign progresses, so does his belief that Sarah is still alive, leading him to question his sanity and begin a desperate search to find her.WAKING THE DEAD is an eerily atmospheric drama, awash in chilling shades of black, white, and gray. Director Keith Gordon's use of flashback and nonlinear storytelling effectively conveys the deep power of memory and love that transcends traditional conceptions of time. Alternating between the past and the present, Gordon's adaptation of the novel by Scott Spencer is a dreamy, mysterious affair that features supremely convincing lead performances by Crudup and Connelly as well as solid supporting turns by Janet McTeer and Hal Holbrook.
Cast & Crew
|Stuart Kleinman - Producer|
|Keith Gordon - Producer|
|Jodie Foster - Executive Producer|
|Renee April - Costume Designer|
|Jeff Wishengrad - Editor|
|Tom Richmond - Director of Photography|
|Tom Hajdu - Composer|
|Linda Reisman - Producer|
|Robert Dillon - Screenwriter|
|Andy Milburn - Composer|
|Zoe Sakellaropoulo - Production Designer|
|Scott Spencer - Source Writer|
|Keith Gordon - Director|
Plot SummaryKeith Gordon's WAKING THE DEAD is a mysterious psychological drama concerning a lawyer who is running for U.S. congress. When he begins to see intense visions of his supposedly deceased girlfriend, he starts questioning his sanity.