Bright Angel

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Bright Angel
Bright Angel.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed by Michael Fields
Produced by John Daly
Derek Gibson
Rbert K. MacLean
Paige Simpson
Written by Richard Ford
Music by Christopher Young
Cinematography Elliot Davis
Edited by Clement Barclay
Melody London
Distributed by Hemdale Film Corporation
Release date
  • June 14, 1991 (1991-06-14)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $158,243 (USA)

Bright Angel is a 1990 American drama film directed by Michael Fields, and starring Dermot Mulroney, Lili Taylor, and Sam Shepard. The film follows two teenagers, George and the transient Lucy, who travel from their home in Montana to Wyoming in order to help Lucy's brother escape from jail. It was adapted from a short story in Richard Ford's collection titled Rock Springs.

Although it received some critical acclaim, the film earned only $158,243 at the domestic box office.


George (Mulroney) is a Montana teen whose sanity is deteriorating due to his parent's marital woes. He links up with Lucy (Taylor), a runaway headed for Wyoming with a dark background, who is trying to get her brother out of jail. George tries to help her, but finds himself crossing paths with people even more emotionally disturbed than his mother and father.



Principal photography began on July 10, 1989. The film was shot on location in Billings and Broadview, Montana.[1] & in Wyoming. Filming wrapped on August 30, 1989.

The shoot was reportedly tumultuous for Lili Taylor, who was nearly fired over aesthetic decisions she'd made in presenting herself as the character.[2] In a 2016 interview, she referred to it as the single most difficult film shoot in her career, stating that she had essentially been fired from the project, but was forced to finish her work on the film.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times enjoyed the film and gave it 3 1/2 stars:

However, reviews such as Kathleen Maher of The Austin Chronicle did not think highly of it, gave it 2 stars and had differing views of the acting:


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  1. ^ Maslin, Janet (June 14, 1991). "Review/Film; Montana Outcasts via Richard Ford". The New York Times. Retrieved October 17, 2016. 
  2. ^ Sikes, Gini (October 17, 1993). "Lili in Bloom". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 17, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Lili Taylor On "American Crime"". America Online. Build. May 12, 2016. Retrieved October 15, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Bright Angel :: :: Reviews". Retrieved August 18, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Bright Angel – Film Calendar". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved August 18, 2011. 

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