Limbo (1999)

A condition of unknowable outcome

Original Title : Limbo
Director : John Sayles
Writer : John Sayles
Genre : Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Sarah Connors , Maggie Renzi
Music : Mason Daring
Bruce Springsteen
Photography : Haskell Wexler
MPAA Rating : Rated R for language.
IMDB ID : 0164085
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Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio Donna De Angelo
David Strathairn Joe Gastineau a.k.a. Jumpin' Joe Gastineau
Vanessa Martinez Noelle De Angelo
Hermínio Ramos Ricky
Kris Kristofferson 'Smilin' Jack Johannson
Dawn McInturff Audrey
Casey Siemaszko Bobby Gastineau
Kathryn Grody Frankie
Tom Biss Baines
Rita Taggart Lou
Leo Burmester Harmon King
Michael Laskin Albright
Jimmy MacDonell Randy Mason
Mérit Carlson-van Dort Stacy
Monica Brandner Corky
Maria Gladziszewski Denise
Dan Rinner X-Man
Stephen J. Lang Vic (as Stephen James Lang
Ron Clarke Cruise Director
Charlotte Carroll Loan Officer
Joaqlin Estus Teacher
Andy Spear Bad Guy
Dave Hunsaker Bad Guy


Limbo tells the story of people trying to reinvent themselves in the Southeastern islands of Alaska. The story revolves around Joe Gastineau, a fisherman traumatised by an accident at sea years before, singer Donna de Angelo and her disaffected daughter Noelle who come into Joe's life. When Joe's fast-talking half-brother Bobby returns to town and asks Joe for a favor, the lives of the characters are changed forever.


SMALL GEM Sayles is one of my favourite current directors. Someone who does consistent good work on the independent scene, and not just because it's fashionable. This is close to "Lone Star" as my favourite of his. It's usual Sayles. Slow-moving, beautifully acted and well-written. Even the most minor character has such depth and humanity, you feel like you've known them all your life. Good ending, that I've changed my mind about the two times I've seen this film.
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