The Big Brass Ring

Film, Thrillers

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.


Release details

104 mins

Cast and crew

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