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Miracle Mile (11-Sep-1988)

Director: Steve De Jarnatt

Writer: Steve De Jarnatt

Keywords: Thriller, Los Angeles, Nuclear War, Explosions

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
John Agar
31-Jan-1921 7-Apr-2002 Sands of Iwo Jima
Peter Berg
11-Mar-1964   Dr. Billy Kronk on Chicago Hope
Richard Biggs
18-Mar-1961 22-May-2004 Dr. Stephen Franklin on Babylon 5
Earl Boen
7-Nov-1945   In three Terminator movies
Edward Bunker
31-Dec-1933 19-Jul-2005 Animal Factory
Denise Crosby
24-Nov-1957   Tasha Yar on Star Trek
Robert DoQui
20-Apr-1934 9-Feb-2008 Sgt. Reed in Robocop
Anthony Edwards
19-Jul-1962   Dr. Mark Greene on ER
Kurt Fuller
16-Sep-1953   Joel on Better with You
O-Lan Jones
23-May-1950   Esmeralda in Edward Scissorhands
Alan Rosenberg
4-Oct-1950   Alvin Masterson on The Guardian
Raphael Sbarge
12-Feb-1964   Archie Hopper on Once Upon a Time
Brian Thompson
28-Aug-1959   The Tillamook Treasure
Mykelti Williamson
4-Mar-1960   Bubba in Forrest Gump
Mare Winningham
16-May-1959   Georgia


Review by anonymous (posted on 12-Aug-2006)

This one will really keep your heart beating. It's relentless. Starting off as an innocent and innocuous light romantic comedy, De Jarnatt turns to the dark side when his main protagonist, Harry, accidently intercepts a telephone call that portends global disaster. What happens after that is presented in near real time and is some of the most creative film making I've seen. How would people act under such conditions? No matter how you think, you'd probably be wrong. De Jarnatt's cast of characters act in the most bizarre ways, often completely opposite to their best interest. If the subject matter wasn't so damned serious one might be tempted to chuckle out loud. Ever distracted from their attempt to reach safety, De Jarnatt's progagonists encounter a mind-boggling collection of cartoonish characters and situations building to an unforgettable climax. The film is very much in the spirit of Hitchcock's "North by Northwest" except amazingly the action doesn't stray further than the few blocks in the near west Los Angeles neighborhood, the Miracle Mile. Not faultless, but this is one little gem of a movie.

Review by Orion Bennett (posted on 27-Feb-2005)

I watched this film, on late night television... (It took two viewings to be able to watch it... first time broke into the middle... which captured my interest enough to want to see the begining.)

The concept was interesting... kind of similar to a pyschological evaluation, to see what happens to people in a small crowd when they hear of a coming disaster, (which is unverified), and what they do with that information.

When Anthony Edwards gets the phone call, warning of disaster... and in the cafe pieces the story to possible facts... the tension builds... and then it basically turns into a disaster movie, as he tries to find the love of his life, Mare Winningham to wisk her away to safety. (Where is safety when there is threat of nuclear war?)

I was rather impressed with the turns and twists, wishing that the film would have lasted a little longer... to see the end. (But I wish that of most films).

If you like thriller films, with the potential plus of understanding how people might react, with just the threat of disaster... and are not looking for Oscar worthy drama, this film may likely be for you.

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