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He Was a Quiet Man

Giving a creepy fantasist everything he has ever dreamed of is the intriguing set-up squandered by this odd and aimless film. When the office punchbag, Bob Maconel (Christian Slater sporting giant specs and a receding hairline), decides to murder his co-workers, he not only fumbles loading the gun, but finds himself beaten to it by the man who sits on the next desk. Maconel then sees his office crush (Elisha Cuthbert) hit the floor, kills the man and is hailed a hero. He even gets the (now paraplegic) girl. The only glitch is that he is still the same psychopathic loner. Slater does well to soften the lines of his no-hoper caricature, but writer-director Cappello steers his film to nowhere particularly memorable.

Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday December 7 2007
Duration: 91 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Frank Cappello
Screenwriter: Frank Cappello
Cast: Christian Slater
Elisha Cuthbert
William H Macy
Sascha Knopf
Jamison Jones

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Phil

'Office punchbag' and 'psychopathic loner' are very unkind descriptions of the troubled character brilliantly portrayed by Christian Slater. Heavy, but cleverly and sympathetically done, with nice little touches like the goldfish to lighten the mood. A very moving and hauntingly memorable film to anyone with the slightest bit of sensitivity towards those unfortunate enough not to fit in.

Phil

'Office punchbag' and 'psychopathic loner' are very unkind descriptions of the troubled character brilliantly portrayed by Christian Slater. Heavy, but cleverly and sympathetically done, with nice little touches like the goldfish to lighten the mood. A very moving and hauntingly memorable film to anyone with the slightest bit of sensitivity towards those unfortunate enough not to fit in.

Debra

I loved this film all the way through but was left a little perplexed by the ending. At least until I read the FAQ on it at IMDB.com. This explained things perfectly and made me love the movie even more.

Debra

I loved this film all the way through but was left a little perplexed by the ending. At least until I read the FAQ on it at IMDB.com. This explained things perfectly and made me love the movie even more.

Janet

Nowhere memorable? I thought this was one of the most memorable films I've seen all year. There were so many twists and turns you never could guess how it was going to end up. I was very moved by the ending of this movie. Normally don't like Cuthbert but in this she's great.

Janet

Nowhere memorable? I thought this was one of the most memorable films I've seen all year. There were so many twists and turns you never could guess how it was going to end up. I was very moved by the ending of this movie. Normally don't like Cuthbert but in this she's great.

John Sacks

Comepletely disagree. This film is incredibly memorable. My group talked about it all night after seeing it. Did this reviewer watch this in a theater or in his home? Great ideas and totally unpredictable. What nore could you want?

John Sacks

Comepletely disagree. This film is incredibly memorable. My group talked about it all night after seeing it. Did this reviewer watch this in a theater or in his home? Great ideas and totally unpredictable. What nore could you want?

David Williams

I disagree wit the reviewer completely. This film succeeds in doing what most films haven't done all year, leave me talking about it for days. The film pulls you in and doesn't let go until the very last frame, which blew me away. Slater and Cuthbert are excellent.

David Williams

I disagree wit the reviewer completely. This film succeeds in doing what most films haven't done all year, leave me talking about it for days. The film pulls you in and doesn't let go until the very last frame, which blew me away. Slater and Cuthbert are excellent.