Lone Star

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Released 1996

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Director:
John Sayles
Released:
1996
Rating:
R
Lone Star is an American film released in 1996. It was written and directed by John Sayles and starred Chris Cooper, Kris Kristofferson, Matthew McConaughey and Elizabeth Pena. Set in Texas, the film opens with the discovery of a human skull. Sheriff Sam Deeds (Chris Cooper) begins an investigation into the identity of the skull and determines that it is Sheriff Charlie Wade (Kris Kristofferson), a corrupt man who was killed forty years earlier. As the investigation continues, Sam Deeds begins to believe that his father, former Sheriff Buddy Deeds (Matthew McConaughey) may have been involved in the murder. At the same time, Sam learns other things about his father that threaten the relationship that he is renewing with his high school sweetheart, Pilar Cruz (Elizabeth Pena). Lone Star received excellent reviews upon its release and was one of Sayles' best box-office performers, earning over twelve million dollars on a budget of only five million. It received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.moreless

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  • 100

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Gratifyingly complex and beautifully told, this tale explores a huge array of cultural, racial, economic and familial tensions. In the process, it also sustains strong characters, ...

  • 100

    Variety

    A richly textured and thoroughly engrossing drama that ranks with indie filmmaker John SaylesJohn Sayles' finest work.

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Leisurely yet intense (Sayles does the editing himself), Lone Star reveals a director whose mastery does nothing but increase. Perhaps now his audience will as well.

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    Drama, Suspense

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    Independent, Latino Dramas, Love & Romance