Equinox (1992 film)

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Equinox movie poster.jpg
Movie Poster
Directed by Alan Rudolph
Produced by David Blocker
Written by Alan Rudolph
Cinematography Elliot Davis
Edited by Michael Ruscio
RainCity Productions
Distributed by IRS Media
Release date
  • June 11, 1993 (1993-06-11) (U.S.)
Running time
110 min.
Country United States
Language English

Equinox is a 1992 film written and directed by Alan Rudolph. It stars Matthew Modine in dual roles, along with Lara Flynn Boyle, Marisa Tomei, Lori Singer and Fred Ward. The film was shot in Minnesota and Utah and is set in the fictional urban city of Empire. It was nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards.[citation needed]


Henry Petosa and Freddy Ace are identical twins living in the fictional city of Empire with no knowledge of each other, separated at birth and given up for adoption.

Henry is a shy garage mechanic. He lives in a slum and loves Beverly Franks, his best friend's sister. He also baby-sits for his neighbor Rosie, a prostitute.

Freddy is a driver for Mr. Paris, a gangster. He is slick and self-confident, married to a materialistic woman named Sharon.

One day, a young woman named Sonya Kirk who works in a morgue accidentally comes across a letter indicating that the twins are actually the offspring of European nobility and owed a large sum of inheritance money. Sonya decides to play amateur detective and track them down.

It all leads to a confrontation between the surprised twins in a restaurant, a shootout and a final scene high above the Grand Canyon.

Principal cast[edit]

Actor Role
Matthew Modine Henry Petosa / Freddy Ace
Lara Flynn Boyle Beverly Franks
Fred Ward Mr. Paris
Marisa Tomei Rosie Rivers
Tate Donovan Richie Nunn
Carlos Sanz Harold
Lori Singer Sharon Ace
M. Emmet Walsh Pete Petosa
Kevin J. O'Connor Russell Franks
Jasen Kane Freddy Ace - as a child, (also Twin Child in restaurant at end on movie who steals candy off the counter)
Jereme Kane Henry Petosa - as a child, (also Twin Child in restaurant at end on movie)
Tyra Ferrell Sonya Kirk

Critical reception[edit]

The New York Times movie reviewer Stephen Holden had praise for the actors, saying Modine "does a fine job of differentiating between the two without resorting to caricature. He is especially good at showing how the repressed qualities of each twin peek through their surfaces. As Henry's sweetheart, Ms. Boyle exudes the right mixture of warm-blooded ardor and strait-laced defensiveness."[1]


  1. ^ Holden, Stephen (September 8, 1993). "Equinox: Reflections and Envy in Good Twin, Bad Twin". The New York Times. Retrieved September 15, 2010. 

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