David Morse
Passengers
Hounddog
Disturbia
16 Blocks
Nearing Grace
Down in the Valley
Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story
Double Vision
The Slaughter Rule
Hearts in Atlantis
Proof of Life
Bait
Dancer in the Dark
A.W.O.L.
The Green Mile
Crazy in Alabama
The Legend of Pig Eye
The Negotiator
George B.
Contact
The Rock
The Long Kiss Goodnight
Extreme Measures
The Taming Power of the Small
Twelve Monkeys
The Crossing Guard
The Getaway
Magic Kid 2
The Good Son
The Indian Runner
Desperate Hours
Personal Foul
Max Dugan Returns
Inside Moves

Year

2005

Character

Wade

Summary

Director David Jacobsenís DOWN IN THE VALLEY plays like a romantic, operatic lament for the disappearing cinematic and real-life icon: the American cowboy. Many of the elements that would fuse, say, a classic John Wayne character are present in Edward Nortonís (PRIMAL FEAR, 25TH HOUR) character, Harlan Fairfax Caruthers: heís polite, soft-spoken, yet stubbornly brave and handy with Colt steel and lead. While at home in Death Valley in the mid 1800s, these characteristics are positively anachronistic in modern-day San Fernando Valley. How else to explain the reaction of a gaggle of giggling teenagers to Harlan as he pumps their gas? One of the teens, Tope (Evan Rachel Wood), is immediately attracted to these charms and invites Harlan along to the beach. A whirlwind romance follows, much to the chagrin of Topeís (short for October) father, Wade (David Morse), who senses there is more to Harlan than meets the eye. Indeed, things begin to unravel when Harlan lies about "borrowing" a horse from a local rancher that leads to a threat at gunpoint. To make matters worse, Harlan ingratiates himself more by spending time with Topeís attention-starved younger brother, Lonnie (Rory Culkin). Eventually, as more of the dangerous demons beneath Harlanís charming veneer reveal themselves, action must be taken and justice meted out, Old West-style. At times tense and, alternatively, quiet, DOWN IN THE VALLEY features some creative camera work from cinematographer Enrique Chediak that fits both moods. Also, be on the look-out for a scene-long quotation from TAXI DRIVER. (Summary from Mooviees.com)

Director

David Jacobson

Writers

David Jacobson

Cast

Edward Norton

Harlan

Evan Rachel Wood

Tobe

Rory Culkin

Lonnie

Bruce Dern

Charlie

John Diehl

Steve

Geoffrey Lewis

Sheridan

Elizabeth Pena

Gale

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