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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: #50,281 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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3.3 out of 5 stars

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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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By Moodywoody TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 9 2011
Format: DVD
Dark Harbor is a real gem of a film noir. The film has an ominous quality of foreboding to it that one rarely finds in a modern film noir. It also has an underlying evil so monstrous that one is totally taken aback by its revelation, which in many ways is the magical quality of this film noir masterpiece. It pretends to give you a typical run of the mill film noir story, when in fact the film has an emotional and psychological complexity that only becomes apparent as one progresses through the film.

This film does a marvelous job of toying with the viewer's pre-conceptions about what a film noir should be. The characters in this film are admittedly odd in the emotional baggage they all appear to carry, and their relationship with each other at first seems rather bizarre and unlikely. The film does a great job at hiding its diabolical premise, so much so that the viewer finds they are going through an emotional shock toward the end of the film that leaves them disillusioned and sad.

Directed and written by Adam Coleman Howard, this is a brilliant film noir. The work of Alan Rickman in this film is
absolutely terrific, though I wish he would have kept his British accent instead of trying to imitate an American one as it became somewhat annoying at times. The supporting work of Polly Walker and Norman Reedus was very effective. I particularly liked Polly Walker in this film, since she did very well in playing a role with a fair amount of psychological complexity.

A true gem of a film noir.
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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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