Director David Jacobsens DOWN IN THE VALLEY plays like a romantic operatic lament for the disappearing cinematic and real-life icon the American cowboy. Many of the elements that would fuse say a classic John Wayne character are present in Edward Nortons (PRIMAL FEAR 25TH HOUR) character Harlan Fairfax Caruthers hes polite soft-spoken yet stubbornly brave and handy with Colt steel and lead. While at home in Death Valley in the mid 1800s these characteristics are positively anachronistic in modern-day San Fernando Valley. How else to explain the reaction of a gaggle of giggling teenagers to Harlan as he pumps their gas One of the teens Tope (Evan Rachel Wood) is immediately attracted to these charms and invites Harlan along to the beach. A whirlwind romance follows much to the chagrin of Topes (short for October) father Wade (David Morse) who senses there is more to Harlan than meets the eye. Indeed things begin to unravel when Harlan lies about borrowing a horse from a local rancher that leads to a threat at gunpoint. To make matters worse Harlan ingratiates himself more by spending time with Topes attention-starved younger brother Lonnie (Rory Culkin). Eventually as more of the dangerous demons beneath Harlans charming veneer reveal themselves action must be taken and justice meted out Old West-style. At times tense and alternatively quiet DOWN IN THE VALLEY features some creative camera work from cinematographer Enrique Chediak that fits both moods. Also be on the look-out for a scene-long quotation from TAXI DRIVER.
Release Date: 05 March 2007
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic Wide Screen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 112 minutes
Production Year: 2006
Main Language: English
Hearing Impaired Languages: English
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