Moviedrome Mondays: At Close Range (1986)

Welcome back my dear readers for my first Moviedrome Monday entry in 4 weeks. Glad to be back though 🙂 Since I could not find a youtube video link of Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox introducing director James Foley’s 1986 Neo-noir/crime drama At Close Range (reportedly based on a true story), readers will have to rely on Cox’s intro transcript (read here). The episode’s original airdate was July 14, 1991 (read here). This stylish film benefits largely from two things – superb performances from it’s entire cast (especially Sean Penn and Christopher Walken) and Madonna’s emotionally charged song Live to Tell, which is (based on my knowledge) played in instrumental form here (been a while since I have seen it). Nevertheless, the drama never really ignites like it should – maybe uninvolving is too strong a word on Cox’s part, but he is right that something essential is missing from it. All in all, a good (If not very good) film, but not a great one.

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

Here is a youtube video link to a music video of Madonna’s aforementioned song Live to Tell