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An ex-con returns to his rural ontario roots and outwits a corrupt and wealthy thoroughbred owner trying to take over a slew of local farms...


Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 206875355
UPC 025195036214
UPC 14 00025195036214
Format DVD
Release Date 8/11/2009
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Cast & Crew
Avi Federgreen, et. al. - Producer
Bill Frisell - Original Music By
Brad Smith - Writer
David Alpay - Actor
Ernie Hudson - Actor
Glenn Berman - Editor
Graham Greene - Actor
Keith Carradine - Actor
Leonard Farlinger - Director
Lisa Ray - Actor
Luke Kirby - Actor
Matthew Davies - Production Designer
Paul Sarossy - Cinematographer
Rachael Leigh Cook - Actor
Sean Breaugh - Art Director
Stephen McHattie - Actor
ReviewSource Eye Weekly
Review The return of the prodigal son is one of the sturdiest building blocks in drama, and Canadian director Leonard Farlinger's All Hat leans on it pretty hard -- this story of a small-town shit-kicker (Luke Kirby) who gets out of prison and into trouble is familiar before it begins...Kirby's Ray Dokes is the typical man of few words, so Brad Smith's screenplay (adapted from his own novel) puts the exposition in the mouths of others. Ray's barely stepped out of the car before learning that the community, strong and independent when he headed into the poke, is flailing in the grasp of the same sneering land developer (Noam Jenkins) who -- you'd need cataracts not to see this coming -- had a hand in his incarceration. A lot of this information comes courtesy of Ray's former fling Etta (Lisa Ray, trying hard to not look miscast), whose Romantic Interest status is challenged by a tomboyish jockey (Rachael Leigh Cook) who takes Ray for a literal roll in the hay...Where this is all headed -- Ray learning to harness his temper -- is fairly obvious, even if the route (the plot organizes itself around the whereabouts of a race horse) isn't. The actors all evince commitment to their stock characterizations, but the pacing drags badly...And, the absence of original ideas or inventive technique, that lack of urgency is enough to bring the whole film up lame.
Reviewer Adam Nayman
ReviewRating 6
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews ...several genuinely impressive performances...breathtaking cinematography...
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