Fool for Love (film)

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Fool for Love
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Directed by Robert Altman
Written by Sam Shepard
Music by George Burt
Cinematography Pierre Mignot
Edited by Stephen P. Dunn
Luce Grunenwaldt
Distributed by Cannon Group
Release date
  • December 1985 (1985-12)
Running time
106 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2 million[1]
Box office $900,000[1][2]

Fool for Love is a 1985 drama directed by Robert Altman. The film stars Sam Shepard, who also wrote both the original play and the adaptation's screenplay, alongside Kim Basinger, Harry Dean Stanton, Randy Quaid and Martha Crawford. It was entered into the 1986 Cannes Film Festival.[3] It was filmed in Eldorado and Las Vegas, New Mexico.


May (Kim Basinger) is hiding out at an old motel in the Southwest. An old flame and childhood friend, Eddie (Sam Shepard) shows up. He threatens to metaphorically and, at times, literally drag her back into the life she had fled from. The film focuses on the couple's fluctuating past and present relationships, and the dark secrets hidden within, including one from an old man who lives near the motel (Harry Dean Stanton).



Sandy Rogers wrote the soundtrack songs including the title country pop ballad ("Fool for Love"), which later would also appear in the film Reservoir Dogs and on its soundtrack album release.[4]


The film received average reviews,[5][6] though was praised by several high-profile critics, like Roger Ebert, who said, 'With "Fool for Love," he (Altman) has succeeded on two levels that seem opposed to each other. He has made a melodrama, almost a soap opera, in which the characters achieve a kind of nobility.'[7]

See also[edit]

  • Fool for Love (play) - the original 1983 play, often considered part of a quintet with Shepard's other works.


  1. ^ a b Andrew Yule, Hollywood a Go-Go: The True Story of the Cannon Film Empire, Sphere Books, 1987 p189
  2. ^ Fool for Love at Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Fool for Love". Retrieved 2009-07-11.
  4. ^ Sandy Rogers website
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