Edmond

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Despite an electrifying performance by William H. Macy, David Mamet's one-act morality play translates poorly into a film that is overburdened by dialogue.

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An encounter with a fortune-teller leads businessman Edmond to confront the emptiness of his life and marriage. Appalled, he flees into the vortex of the city's underbelly, plummeting into a free fall he mistakes for liberation. To Edmond's surprise, it's dark outside: hookers charge, pimps are violent, and the guy on the corner is a conman. Edmond is robbed, beaten and left bewildered. But there's a strange comfort at the bottom. Exhilarated by a random act of violence, Edmond picks up a waitress, Glenna, but their riotous sex play leads first to conflict and then to murder. With nothing to lose but his liberty, Edmond spirals further out of control, towards prison, disintegration and a very brutal redemption.

Cast

William H. Macy
as Edmond Burke
Jeffrey Combs
as Desk Clerk
Joe Mantegna
as Man in Bar
Bai Ling
as Peep-Show Girl
Denise Richards
as Allegro B-girl
Dylan Walsh
as Interrogator
Dulé Hill
as Sharper
Debi Mazar
as Atlantic Leisure Club Matron
Rebecca Pidgeon
as Edmond's Wife
George Wendt
as Pawn Shop Guy
Marcus Thomas
as Window Man
Jack Wallace
as Chaplain
Frances Bay
as Fortune Teller
Patricia Belcher
as Woman on the Train
Vanessa Born
as Kissing Girl in Elevator
Wren T. Brown
as Preacher
Michael Calder
as Deputy Sheriff
Mary Castro
as Black Hair Beauty
Aldis Hodge
as Leafleeter
Matt Landers
as The Bystander
Ryan March
as Bar Patron
Michael A. Saad
as Library Guard
Wendy Thompson
as Club Waitress
Bruce A. Young
as Police Officer
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Critic Reviews for Edmond

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (39)

  • This is a small film with a big payback, like a series of tableaux that illustrate how a mildmannered Mr Everyman can become viciously untamed.

    Jul 6, 2007 | Rating: 4/5
  • It plays like a low-cal Falling Down, with all the rage of Michael Douglas's office malcontent but none of his dark humour. Possibly the weakest thing Mamet has ever written.

    Jul 6, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • If it's a relic you're determined to catch at the movies this week, check out Edmond.

    Jul 6, 2007 | Full Review…
  • The great man lets rip with deafening flatulent macho nonsense in a truly awful movie, one of the very worst US pictures to be released here in years.

    Jul 6, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • This is not an easy watch, but it is awfully honest art.

    Jul 6, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The director fails to breathe any sort of life into a piece practically carbon-dated by its flailing assaults on political correctness.

    Jul 6, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Neil Smith

    BBC.com
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Edmond

  • Mar 20, 2014
    There isn't a lot of love for this film but I think it represents one of Macy's finest roles. In true Mamet fashion, the film is as much off its rocker as its main character but Macy takes us to dark places most effectively.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 29, 2012
    "Edmond" is a real downer of a movie. There are no bright moments, no likable or developed characters, and practically every situation that Edmond gets himself into ends on a depressing note. Everything just keeps going from bad to worse, and because of this, "Edmond" can be overbearing at times. Watching it becomes something of a chore. And even though David Mamet incorporates his original dialogue style, it feels out-of-place amongst these characters. The only real reason to keep watching is William H. Macy, who delivers a frightening performance, and even then that isn't much of a reason. This simply isn't a good outing for anyone involved.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Jan 18, 2012
    The cast really brings this play to life. Macy transforms from beginning to end, Julia Stiles crosses away from the teen dramas she had become known for, and Mena Suvari turns on a sex appeal far from her American Pie days. Though the dialogue is heavy, the performances are worth it.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Aug 26, 2011
    This is the fifth Stuart Gordon film I've seen and it is in stark contrast to the majority of his other work. Most notably this isn't based on anything by H.P. Lovecraft. Secondly, while there is some blod shed, this never goes to the excesses of Re-Animator or even From Beyond. The violence here is subtle. It doesn't shy away from it but it isn't the center of this movie either. Instead this film is more character driven and held together by its ideas about violence. William H. Macy stars as Edmond Burke, in this screenplay adapted from David Mamets play. Edmond is bored with his white collar job and his loveless marriage. One night he snaps and decides to leave, throwing himself head first into the seedy New york sex trade. Going to stripclubs, peepshows and massage parlours, whilst embracing the racism and violence that is boiling over within him. A good 'man on the edge' film that features several small cameo appearance from people such as Joe Mantegna, Julia Stiles, Mena Suvari and Denise Richards. Some reviewers have complained that this movie is boring, and I would have to disagree with that. I thought that Macy's performance was really good and managed to keep my interest throughout the film. While not a perfect work either, this is still a very good film from Stuart Gordon. Recommended to fans of his, or man on the edge films in general.
    Ed Fucking H Super Reviewer

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