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The Big Brass Ring

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Time Out says

Noteworthy for being based on a flawed but fascinating script by Orson Welles, this conspiracy thriller from the documentarist who gave us Hearts of Darkness is a bit of a mess. Hurt's the political candidate being funded by wife Richardson, investigated by crusading journo Jacob (greatly changed from her Kieslowski days), and generally hassled by Hawthorne, a figure from his past. The story's a little predictable, anyway, but the somewhat unenthusiastic performances and the pedestrian direction don't help. A curiosity for Welles nuts, but not a patch on even the least of the Master's films.
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Release Details

  • Duration:104 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:George Hickenlooper
  • Screenwriter:FX Feeney, George Hickenlooper, Oja Kodar, Orson Welles
  • Cast:
    • William Hurt
    • Nigel Hawthorne
    • Irène Jacob
    • Miranda Richardson
    • Ewan Stewart
    • Gregg Henry
    • Ron Livingston
    • Jefferson Mays
    • Jim Metzler
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