Revenge

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A young American (Kevin Costner) falls in love with an old friend's wife (Madeleine Stowe) in this gripping tale of uncontrollable passion and vengeance.
Directors
Tony Scott
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Kevin CostnerAnthony QuinnMadeleine Stowe
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SuspenseDramaRomanceAction
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English [CC]
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English
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Supporting actors
Sally KirklandJoe Santos
Producers
Hunt LowryStanley Rubin
Studio
Columbia Pictures
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R (Restricted)
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Alcohol usefoul languagenuditysexual contentsmokingsubstance useviolence
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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DeaconBluesReviewed in the United States on September 9, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
So underrated it's a tragedy
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While Revenge isn't a cinematic masterpiece on the level of Kubrick or Hitchcock, I always thought it was so underrated it was kind of an unsung classic. Costner does his usual stiff but competent job, Quinn turns in a characteristically great performance, and Stowe was perfectly cast as the dazzling Latin bombshell. The chemistry between Costner and Stowe is convincing. The score and cinematography are great. The landscape, heat and dust of Mexico is the perfect setting for such an old-school, Latin-flavored tale of desire and vengeance.
But what really makes this movie stand out are all the hallmarks of a classic tragedy. Even though all the characters know their actions are wrong, none of them are able to stop themselves, and their own character flaws push them irresistibly towards a horrible fate. All the characters deserve our sympathy, but they all deserve blame as well, and the moral ambiguity of their actions is part of what makes the movie so believable and compelling. Just like in real life, nobody is 100% good or bad; their moral integrity is a matter of degree, circumstance and perspective.
The critics hated this movie and it bombed at the box office, I think because of the sheer brutality of what happens to Stowe's character, and because of what may be the saddest ending of all time. Many people just can't tolerate much deviation from the standard formulaic Hollywood fare, but for me it was part of what made the movie so compelling. Viewers who have the capacity for powerful love will instinctively feel that much more strongly for the "star-crossed" lovers, precisely because they can't be together. Some may think the comparison unwarranted, but it's part of the same emotional dynamic that gives "Romeo and Juliet" its power.
All in all a well-crafted movie based on a good Jim Harrison story, that sadly never got a fraction of the praise it deserved. But people who really know good movies will always appreciate it as a hidden gem.

P.S. All the reviews saying the director's cut butchered the original are right. The director's cut removed scenes that were essential for plot and character development, and inserted gratuitous scenes that made the film almost seem like a trashy exploitation flick. The original is way better.
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Allen Garfield's #1 fan.Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
From Tony Scott: and you thought Top Gun was homoerotic!
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According to Quentin Tarantino, this Tony Scott's greatest film. Oddly, QT had a cameo in an indie film called Kicking and Screaming, in which he breaks down the homoerotic subtext in Scott's Top Gun - it's on YouTube.

Based on a Jim Harrison novella (originally published in Esquire in 1979- unread by me. Harrison also penned the screenplay.

It's appropriate-and probably intentional-that ''Revenge'' opened during Valentine's week. It's a macho romance, the male ''An Affair to Remember,'' a billet-doux for guys who dream of chucking it all for steamy adventure. It's corny, cussed and carnal.

Director Tony Scott, ever the stylist, has dressed the movie in phallic symbols (jets, guns, Monument Valley-like topography), an aura of Old West lawlessness and lens filters that imbue some scenes with luridly rosy skies. But he has backed off the overcropped closeups of his earlier ''Top Gun'' and ''Beverly Hills Cop II,'' a tiresome mannerism designed to give jet spins and car chases maximum visual torque. For Scott, ''Revenge,'' violent as it may be, amounts to a relationship film-not a relationship between man and woman so much as between a certain kind of man and his idea of woman. It's so blatantly retrogressive as to be funny. Again, Top Gun.

The package comes strongly cast, but sketchily told. Kevin Costner, who also is executive producer of the movie, plays Cochran, a crack Navy flier and Vietnam vet who hangs up his helmet to seek new adventures. First stop: Puerto Vallarta, where he has a date to hunt and play with an old pal, a ruthless Mexican tycoon named Tiburon Mendez (Anthony Quinn). The cast also features the late iconic cult favorite, Tomas Milian and Miguel Ferrer (the yuppie/cokehead from RoboCop).

''He saved my life on a hunting trip,'' Mendez explains. ''I owe him.''

It is the first postulate of an endless equation. Mendez expects to repay Cochran with a specially fitted hunting rifle, a trip to Italy and some vigorous sets of tennis. Mendez' disillusioned young wife, Miryea (Madeleine Stowe), has different standards of hospitality. When Cochran clumsily translates a stanza of Spanish poetry, she falls in love, and the two begin a dangerous affair. Trysting in Cochran's remote cabin near the American border, they are discovered in flagrante by Mendez, who leaves Cochran for dead and dumps Miryea in a brothel.

The rest of the picture, as Cochran recovers and sets out to find Miryea and seek... revenge!, takes on a feverish, almost hallucinogenic quality. There's a curious incompleteness to the scenes. Cochran is helped by a peasant who makes him a knife and by the parent's brother-in-law (a young John Leguzamo), who has his own grudge against Mendez. He also encounters a friendly American horsetrader who gives him a lift and some welcome gringo palaver and then dies of a sudden, mysterious illness. Sally Kirkland pops up as a brash American singer (billed as a "rock star") and vanishes as abruptly. Abortive scenes of Miryea, being drugged by a solicitous transvestite and raped by a former servant, float past as if we were dreaming them.

It's a technique that covers a multitude of narrative sins, not the least of which is aw-shucks dialogue. This smooch-em-up, shoot-em-up isn't concerned with probability or tying up loose ends, or even "playing fair." It's concerned with a dated masculine protocol that never actually existed as Mendez tells his bodyguard that ''etiquette demands'' that only he may kill Cochran. When the confrontation comes, an apology (Costner to Quinn - no apology for Stowe) serves to save them both, while the hapless Miryea-by now inexplicably ill and dying in a convent-awaits the fate of faithless heroines of centuries past. Ah, well. ''Revenge'' was no place for a woman, anyway.

Supremely goofy fun for aficionados of bad/high gloss Hollywood product.

Average bluray picture and sound. Optional English subtitles. And "uncut/director cut."

This Blu-ray release of Revenge features two extras of note. First is a feature-length commentary track with Director Tony Scott. The director discusses the story's life before the film, the film's controversial images, the differences between this version of the film and the longer cut, Scott's involvement and the film's place in his career, the performances of the cast, sets and shooting locations, and much more. Scott's comments are informative and revealing, and fans of the film or its director will want to give this track a chance. Obsession: The Sex and Violence of 'Revenge' (480p, 14:45) examines not only the piece's title subjects but also the history of the production and the various changes along the way.
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FloridianReviewed in the United States on September 12, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
No Revenge. Awful story
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Too bad, great actors. But the story was bad in the following ways

1. Brutal violence against women. In no way was the woman deserving of such a savage treatment. It was all because she hurt HIS pride.
2. Violence against animals. You killed this movie for animal lovers.
3. Where was the revenge? We waited the whole movie for Kevin C to get revenge on the bad guy (Anthony Quinn) and it never happened!
4. Where was the police?

What I took away from this story: Don't go to Mexico. They're savages over there. (I'm sure many Mexicans will feel insulted)

Please don't torture or disfigure animals, women or children in movies. Makes them tough to watch.
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Serkan OkarReviewed in the United States on May 14, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Running time 1 hr 40 mins?
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I remembered it to be a better movie but I was wrong. It's just ok. Very simple storyline, not much suspense. Poorly edited and choppy (maybe it's because this is the cut off version). Some parts are contrived to advance the story. Im confused about this version which is supposedly The Director's Cut, Unrated version and runs only 1 hour and 40 minutes. If you Google, the movie's running time is 2 hours and 2 mins. So what happened to the 22 mins?? Director's cut is the shorter version? Why not provide both versions on the same disc? Amazon Prime version is also 2 hours 2 minutes. I wish I had known this before ordering. Blu ray transfer is excellent, there is uncompressed audio option and drector's Tony Scott's audio commentary which probably are the only good things about the movie. I had expected more. Maybe if I watch the 2 hr version, my opinion may change.
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Hee Chul KwonReviewed in the United States on August 11, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
GRACEFULL VISUAL FIESTA
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It's Stylish, It's different.
We all know by now that Tonny scott died by throw himself from a bridge after figuring out that he got cancer.
That was already 2012. Time flies.
Now maybe it's time to look back for some of the works that he've done. And this one is a hidden special that we should watch.
It's a fine work of art.
It's cliche story. We've watched this kind of move so many times before. LOST HIGHWAY, NO WAY OUT, .. so many that I cannot even write them all. Falling in love with the bosse's girl.
But this one is different.
It's again nothing new.
But the visual is stunning.
The music is melancolly.
The actors are acting as it is a dream. They are just so stylish.
The camera and lights are as it they are in dope.
I thought that this movie was directed by Ridley Scott, his brother. It was that good. This movie deserves an Oscar for the cinematography.

Also I am blinded by my newly equipped Samsung UHD monitor and PANASONIC Upscaling 4K bluray player. The picture and sound is just so clear and bright.
I was just like dreaming for 1:40:00.

Madeline Stowe was so beautiful in her look. She rarely expose herself that way. She was not like one of those cheap girl. She was like a goddess.
Kevin even did the Executive Producer cause he was so sure for this movie's quality. Sadly the movie was not a huge success at the boxoffice though.

But if you watch it now, you will feel how gracious and well done this movie is in terms of acting, cinematography, music, editing, you just have to thank that this moive is exist for us.

Anthony Quinn is also the most gracefully charming villaine, a bad guy but cannot be hateful person.

If you have Tonny's other works <MAN ON FIRE><UNSTOPPABLE><TOP GUN><CRIMSON TIDE><DAYS OF THUNDER><BEVERLY HILLS COP 2> OR EVEN <THE HUNGER> or whatever even if you don't even heard of his name that's fine.
You will still love this film.

Watch this film for once and for all
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TTReviewed in the United States on October 2, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the greatest movies ever made!
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Costner's best movie ever IMO, with For Love of the Game and Dancing with Wolves coming in behind it. This movie is very underrated. It has the old real world endings we used to get, which is heartbreaking but beautifully done. A gritty movie that starts out light hearted and descends into darkness until the end. Some great actors in this too! As a fan of Westerns, it reminds me of one with it's backdrops and themes.
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WALTReviewed in the United States on July 20, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
CLEARLY A FIVE STAR EVENT
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THIS IS NEARLY SHAKESPEAREAN AS A TRIAGE OF LOVE AND PAIN. ALTHOUGH I FOUND COSTNER NOT QUITE ABLE TO BE HAMLET, I DID FIND MADELEINE STOWE TO BE A BEAUTIFUL OPHELIA AND EVEN CORDELIA . BUT WHAT PART DID MR. QUINN PLAY? THIS IS A CLASSIC
FROM THE MOMENT THE FILM BEGINS. WHAT ACTOR COULD HAVE POSSIBLY RESISTED MS. STOWE, IN BEAUTY OR THE STYLE WITH WHICH SHE OR GRACE KELLY POSSESSED. MR. QUINN WAS PERHAPS KING LEAR, OR OTHELLO. THE DIRECTION BY MR. SCOTT COULD EASILY HAVE BEEN INTERCHANGEABLE WITH HIS BROTHER RIDLEY, SO GREAT WAS THIS FILMS’ PULL AND FINAL DENOUEMENT AND TRAGIC CONCLUSION. EVERYONE WISHES A HAPPY ENDING, BUT THIS IS NOT LIFE. AS MR. T.S. ELLIOT SAID,.........LIFE ENDS NOT WITH A BANG, BUT WITH A WHIMPER....... THE FULL UNCUT VERSION JUST BEGAN ON PRIME, AND MAY MR. SCOTT RIP AFTER COMMITTING SUICIDE KNOWING HE HAD CANCER.
erika kristofferReviewed in the United States on March 25, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
original version best
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this version sucks original version is much more intense and shows a deeper love between jay and miraya
this version is just chopped up crap
and disgusting porn it is actually a disgrace to these two outstanding actors
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