Writer-director John Sayles continued on his fiercely independent path with this critically acclaimed but audience-dividing 1999 drama starring Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as a star-crossed lounge singer and David Strathairn as a handy man with a mysterious past. Sayles uses his formidable talents as a novelist to fashion an unpredictable storyline fleshed out with memorably intriguing characters including Kris Kristofferson as a sinister small-time criminal, “Smilin Jack” Johannson. The film won several festival prizes, competed at Cannes, and received two Indie Spirit nominations.
Sign Up: Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Sign up for our Email Newsletters here.