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Lulu on the Bridge (1998)

Is she real? ..or did he make her up?

Original Title : Lulu on the Bridge
Director : Paul Auster
Writer : Paul Auster
Genre : Mystery
Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Jane Barclay , Melissa Chesman , Ira Deutchman , Sharon Harel , Greg Johnson , Amy J. Kaufman , Peter Newman
Music : John Lurie
Graeme Revell
Photography : Alik Sakharov
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13 for some violence, brief strong language and sensuality.
IMDB ID : 0125879
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poster for "Lulu on the Bridge" by Paul Auster (1998)
Lulu on the Bridge (1998) - Paul Auster
 

Starring

Harvey Keitel Izzy Maurer
Richard Edson Dave Reilly
Dana Lyn Baron Nancy
Don Byron Tyrone Lord
Kevin Corrigan Man With Gun
Mira Sorvino Celia Burns
Victor Argo Pierre
Peggy Gormley Dr. Fisher
Harold Perrineau Jr. Bobby Perez (as Harold Perrineau
Gina Gershon Hannah
Sophie Auster Sonia Kleinman
Vanessa Redgrave Catherine Moore
Mandy Patinkin Philip Kleinman
Greg Johnson Stanley Mar
David Byrne 'Laughing Man' Escort
Holly Buczek Dying Girl
Lou Reed Not Lou Reed
Tom Gilroy Restaurant Man
Paul Lazar Restaurant Man
Michael Cerveris Restaurant Man
Slava Schoot Russian Thug
Henry Yuk Chinese Thug
Fred Norris German Thug
Willem Dafoe Dr. Van Horn
Brian McGuiness Pursuer
Neil Donovan Pursuer
Socorro Santiago Paramedic
O.L. Duke Paramedic
Cara Buono Molly (DVD deleted scene
Stockard Channing Celia's agent (voice
Giancarlo Esposito Black (DVD deleted scene
Jared Harris Alvin Shine (DVD deleted scene
Karen Sillas Candy (DVD deleted scene
Josef Sommer Peter Shine (DVD deleted scene
 

Plot

A jazz saxophonist (Harvey Keitel) loses his capability to play when he is injured in a shooting at a cafe where he was playing. He sinks into depression when everyone charges in to take care of him, including his ex-wife (Gina Gershon). However, he discovers a stone with a telephone number attached. Returning the stone, he meets a young aspiring actress (Mira Sorvino) who in one of those film coincidences is listening to his music. Soon the two begin an affair which is fouled by his over-obsessiveness with her which costs them both a job at a restaurant. Willem Dafoe also appears as an anthropologist who is out to get the stone.
 

Comments

Bad acting, misguided, trite This movie is basically 3 or 4 bad movies rammed into one incomprehensible mess. This story can't decide if it is about a soulful musician learning to deal with loss, or a needy ingenue looking for acting work, or some X-files type creepy guys and a glowing stone. Although the movie has fine actors, none of them live up to their names or reputations. The acting is stilted, unemotionless, and trite. The ending is a seriously big let down. Basically, the whole movie is nothing. Avoid this and see something with some real depth about the afterlife, like Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure II or such.
 
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