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  • Actors: Alan Rickman, Polly Walker, Norman Reedus, Janet Mecca, Lewis Flagg
  • Directors: Adam Coleman Howard
  • Writers: Adam Coleman Howard, Justin Lazard, Gretchen Hayduk-Wroblewski
  • Producers: Al Munteanu, Jeff Sharp, Jeffrey Roda, John Hart, Justin Lazard
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Alliance Films
  • Release Date: May 18 2004
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0784014213
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,100 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Judi Fryer on May 28 2003
Format: DVD
This is a dark, psychologically-driven film which draws you in, keeps you thinking, offers delicious twists, subtle hints, and surprising secrets, and is never what it seems, not even when you think you know all there is to know.
The plot has been well outlined in most of these reviews; sometimes perfectly, sometimes with too much information, and a few times by reviewers who apparently didn't even watch the complete film. Rather than rehashing the plot this review offers simple and hopefully clarifying suggestions.
If you are an Alan Rickman film, do not hesitate; BUY this DVD! Forget about worrying about his accent, savor looking forward to his nude scenes, but do NOT skip to the end of the movie to view them. You gamble on missing too much of Rickman's spellbinding performance if you skip even one minute of this small, but very effective film.
Previous viewers who saw the movie on VHS will be enlightened by watching it again on DVD. I have been a movie fan for more years than I want to say, but have now discovered that the nuances of many films have sometimes escaped me totally over those decades. If ever there was something to be learned from a commentary this is the film to prove it (along with 'South of Heaven, West of Hell'). Not that the film itself needs to be explained, but the element of how a director presents of a film; the mood attained by the camera angles, the symbols included in every scene, the intricate details of the shooting of the movie, the input of the actors (particularly one as great as Alan Rickman) into their roles, the subtle nuances of looks, glances, and plot building all lend a deeper understanding and enjoyment of 'Dark Harbor'.
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Format: DVD
Subtle hints ahoy! I don't recommend this movie AT ALL to anyone who hates suspense, things left unexplained and an astounding amount of symbolism.
Because that's what this movie is, hints, lies, betrayal, intriguing, 'controversial', yet strangely beautiful at the same time.
The trailer to this movie is annoyingly misleading, but this movie is hard to explain well without giving too much.
Remember -everything- means something. (Put the audio commentary on, you might even have to, to understand some parts.) Right down to the colors of the clothing, placement of objects and the tiniest of movements. There's less than six speaking roles and besides the three main characters they're meaningless.
David (Alan Rickman), Alexis (Polly Walker) are a not yet middle aged married couple, yet are so obviously tired and annoyed with each other it nearly makes the viewer wish they would just admit it. But that's part of the beauty, the dialogue is near perfect to express this.
They vacation to their (Rather, Alexis' dead grandfathers home on a private island.) to rekindle dead flames in a sense. (Even -that- is symbolized, find it. ;)) On the way to catch the ferry, they find a Young Man (Norman Reedus) and by a series of small 'coincidental' events, ends up at their home. And while being a wedge between them, no one seems to want him to leave. Utterly everything falls apart and it makes the viewer wonder who is control of what--the feeling of control and who is betraying/hurting/lying to/being shady to whom and why.
There's questions that will make you look back on and rethink and very wrong assumptions. 'Hey...why did he beep the horn?', 'Why is she wearing that?', 'Did he do that on purpose?', 'She's just as bad! But...', 'Oh...I understand now.
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Format: DVD
Having recently become fascinated with Alan Rickman as a performer, I bought this DVD because the plot sounded interesting. Perhaps on paper, this story is more captivating. The visual presentation left a lot to be desired. The director did not seem to make full use of the camera's abilities. It felt clumsy and seemed more like one was watching a play rather than a film.
The best performance was by Polly Walker. She does an excellent portrayal of a wife who is confused by her husband's aloofness. My only objection to her performance in this film was that subtle as a sledge-hammer scene where she is being pushed on a swing by the young man. She is nearly panting in faux-ectasty, "Harder...oooooo.....faster...." Give me a break.
Alan Rickman gives a solid performance, as always, but his attempt at an American accent was way too distracting for me. Instead of being seduced into the illusion of the film, I was forever being jolted out everytime he'd mess up...which is a shame because it took something away from the rest of his performance.
The character of the drifter was completely unappealing to me. It would have been more believable if he had an ounce of charisma, charm, humor, something redeeming that would make us believe that this woman would take sympathy on him. Instead, he comes off as a creepy stalker who alternates between sounding like Keanu Reeves and your annoying little brother.
I suppose I do see what they were attempting to do in this story. Polly Walker's character was from a wealthy, established, old money family. Alan Rickman's character was the crass, whiney, nouveau riche husband who was the unwelcome, barely tolerated intruder to this world (hence, the attempted American accent).
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