Powder Blue (film)
Promotional film poster
|Directed by||Timothy Linh Bui|
|Produced by||Timothy Linh Bui
Ross M. Dinerstein
|Screenplay by||Timothy Linh Bui|
|Story by||Timothy Linh Bui
|Music by||Didier Rachou|
|Edited by||Leo Trombetta
|Distributed by||Speakeasy Releasing|
Powder Blue is a 2008 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 USA 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.
Patrick Swayze plays the sleazy owner of the strip club where Jessica Biel's character dances. Biel's character, Rose-Johnny, is a dancer and single mother whose young son is in a coma. Eddie Redmayne portrays a young mortician who falls in love with her. Kris Kristofferson plays the head of a corporate crime organization who tries to convince his former employee (Ray Liotta) not to seek vengeance on his co-workers. Liotta's character later reveals to Rose-Johnny that he is her father. Forest Whitaker, who also serves as a producer on the film, is a suicidal ex-priest. Alejandro Romero plays a transvestite prostitute who shares an unexpected emotional bond with the priest. This film features Jessica Biel's first nude performances.
The cast includes the following:
- Jessica Biel as Rose-Johnny
- Forest Whitaker as Charlie
- Patrick Swayze as Velvet Larry
- Ray Liotta as Jack Doheny
- Lisa Kudrow as Sally
- Riki Lindhome as Nicole
- Sanaa Lathan as Diana
- Eddie Redmayne as Qwerty Doolittle
- Kris Kristofferson as Randall
- Alejandro Romero as Lexus
- Chandler Canterbury as Billy
- Jeffery A. Baker as Slim
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."
- "Powder Blue - On Blu-ray & DVD June 9". Home Media Magazine. Retrieved 2009-04-04.
- Powder Blue (2008) - Plot summary from the Internet Movie Database
- Powder Blue (2008) - Full cast and crew from the Internet Movie Database
- Anderson, Melissa (May 8, 2009). "Powder Blue". Variety. Retrieved 2010-03-01.
- Powder Blue from Rotten Tomatoes