Powder Blue (film)

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Powder Blue
Powder blue.jpg
Promotional film poster
Directed by Timothy Linh Bui
Produced by

Timothy Linh Bui
Forest Whitaker
Ross M. Dinerstein

Tracee Stanley-Newell
Screenplay by Timothy Linh Bui
Story by Timothy Linh Bui
Stephane Gauger
Starring Jessica Biel
Forest Whitaker
Patrick Swayze
Ray Liotta
Eddie Redmayne
Kris Kristofferson
Music by Didier Rachou
Cinematography Jonathan Sela
Edited by Leo Trombetta
Jamie Selkirk
Distributed by Speakeasy Releasing
Release date
  • November 10, 2008 (2008-11-10)[1]
Running time
106 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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.


Several Los Angeles residents meet on Christmas Eve through chance, tragedy, loss and divine intervention.

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.[2]


The cast includes the following:[3]


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."[4] 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."

Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 25% rating from eight critic reviews with an average rating of 3.7 out of 10."[5]


  1. ^ "Powder Blue - On Blu-ray & DVD June 9". Home Media Magazine. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  2. ^ Powder Blue (2008) - Plot summary from the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ Powder Blue (2008) - Full cast and crew from the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ Anderson, Melissa (May 8, 2009). "Powder Blue". Variety. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  5. ^ "Powder Blue". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved Feb 17, 2017. 

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