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Release Date: February 16th, 2009

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 23 min

Plot Summary
Actor, performance artist and playwright Spalding Gray here adapts his successful one-man show for the big screen. Seated behind a desk with little more than a map as a prop, Gray focuses on a small role he had in the 1984 film "The Killing Fields." Discussing life on the set of that film, which follows a photojournalist in Cambodia covering the violent reign of the Khmer Rouge, Gray spins personal memories into a larger story about political unrest and turmoil in Southeast Asia.

Cast: Spalding Gray

Director: Jonathan Demme

Genres: Drama

Keywords: 1980s, Offbeat, Amusing

Ratings & Reviews

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  • A mesmerizing odyssey through the mind of a uniquely talented performer, as well as through one of the gorier chapters of modern history. show more

  • Gray's haunted, obsessional riffs are absorbing theater. Because Demme had the good sense to lay back and not beat them over the head with his cameras, they're equally compelling on film. [27 Mar 1987]

  • This curious idea for a movie actually works. show more

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