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The Limey

Director:Steven Soderbergh
Writer:Lem Dobbs
Artisan Entertainment; R; 89 minutes
Release:10/99
Cast:Terence Stamp, Peter Fonda, Lesley Ann Warren

It's not easy to characterize the work of director Steven Soderbergh, whose credits include Kafka, Out of Sight, and sex, lies, and videotape. The Limey fits right in with his hodgepodge oeuvre. The movie forms a strange homage to screen veteran Terence Stamp—The Limey is filled with scenes from Stamp's 1967 crime drama Poor Cow. Stamp plays an ex-con named Wilson investigating his adult daughter's untimely death. A winding trail among high and low climbers on L.A.'s ladder of sleaze lead Wilson to record producer Valentine (performed by another '60s icon, Peter Fonda).

Somewhere between a noir vengeance tale and culture clash comedy, The Limey is energetic and unclassifiable. Hazy in parts but interesting in others, it is a must-see for fans of Stamp and a quirky night out for everyone born after the effects of the Sixties had worn off.


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