Powder Blue (film)
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Promotional film poster
|Directed by||Timothy Linh Bui|
Timothy Linh Bui
|Screenplay by||Timothy Linh Bui|
Timothy Linh Bui|
|Music by||Didier Rachou|
|Distributed by||Speakeasy Releasing|
Powder Blue is a 2008 American drama film with an ensemble cast featuring several interconnected story arcs. It was written and directed by Timothy Linh Bui, and features Patrick Swayze's last film role before his death the following year. The film saw only limited theatrical release in the United States and was ultimately released principally on DVD in May 2009. The film was subsequently released in Kazakhstan and Russia and on US cable television premium movie channels in late 2009.
Velvet Larry is the head of a corporate crime organization. He owns a sleazy strip club where Rose-Johnny, a single mother whose young son is in a coma, dances. Qwerty Doolittle is a young mortician who falls in love with her. Velvet Larry tries to convince Jack Doheny, his former employee, not to seek vengeance on his co-workers. Doheny later reveals to Rose-Johnny that he is her father. Charlie is a suicidal ex-priest. Lexus is a pre-op trans woman prostitute who shares an unexpected emotional bond with the priest.
The cast includes the following:
- Jessica Biel as Rose-Johnny
- Eddie Redmayne as Qwerty Doolittle
- Forest Whitaker as Charlie
- Ray Liotta as Jack Doheny
- Lisa Kudrow as Sally
- Patrick Swayze as Velvet Larry
- Kris Kristofferson as Randall
- Alejandro Romero as Lexus
- Sanaa Lathan as Diana
- Chandler Canterbury as Billy
- Jeffrey Adam Baker as Slim
- Ravi Patel as Sanjay
- Don Swayze as Bouncer
- L. Scott Caldwell as Nurse Gomez
- Riki Lindhome as Nicole
According to Variety magazine, "the heartstring-pulling contrivances of the film, set during Christmastime, go way over the top... Biel often overacts even more than her role requires." The magazine calls director Bui's "trumpeting of the power of love in the city of lonely hearts ... both ear-splittingly loud and tone-deaf at the same time" with "Jonathan Sela's color palette of nightmarish reds and blues and blinding whites, simply enforc[ing] the pic's borderline hysteria."
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- Powder Blue (2008) - Plot summary from the Internet Movie Database
- Powder Blue (2008) - Full cast and crew from the Internet Movie Database
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- "Powder Blue". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved Feb 17, 2017.