User Rating:7.0/10 158 votes
Writer:Roy Finch (writer)
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Wake is a must-see movie for anyone who loves a good character driven movie, with a twisted ending, and of course, any Gale Harold fan ---- but there's many more fine performances here too! The movie is beautifully shot, with a dark, foreboding atmosphere and the all the actors are amazing in their roles. It reminded me of Mystic River or Fight Club in it's tone, and the troubled story. It's about four brothers who have reunited for a night at their family home - it's obvious they have experience trauma in their early lives and they eventually end up drinking and fighting while we are given clues to what is really going on and their dark history together as a family--- don't want to give too much else away. Blake Gibbons gives a commanding performance, and Gale Harold truly shines --- everything is so real, you really feel the troubled nature of these brothers. With great sound and background, as well as a story that will keep your mind interested, you will definitely love this movie. A great alternative to the mindless schtick of big-budget special effects movie - this one has realism, intrigue, and great acting, especially by Gale.
In the film, "Wake", the fateful reunion of four brothers
quickly dissolves into a night of drinking, deceit, perversions,
and death. They don't realize until it is too late that the party they are having is, in fact, a wake.
Cast (Cast overview, first billed only)
Blake Gibbons ... Raymond Riven
Gale Harold ... Kyle Riven
John Winthrop Philbrick ... Jack Riven
Dihlon McManne ... Sebastian Riven
Martin Landau ... Older Sebastian Riven
Muriel Kenderdine ... Mother
Dusty Paik ... April
Rainer Judd ... Dusty
Robert Witham ... Police Officer
Judy Griffith ... Bartender
Charles Kozlosky ... Bartender
Melissa Henderson ... Billy Budd's Bar Patron
Marta Kozlosky ... Billy Budd's Bar Patron
Eric Matheson ... Billy Budd's Bar Patron
John Ring ... Billy Budd's Bar Patron
John Philbrick costars with Gale in Wake, the independant project that was filmed this past summer in Bath, Maine. John was kind enough to share with us not only the basic plot summary, but some of his thoughts on the experience.
John plays Jack, one of four brothers in a VERY dysfunctional family. The brothers reunite at their boyhood home to celebrate their dead father's birthday. One brother (Ray) has broken out of prison to attend -- Jack has helped him and is plotting another robbery to finance film careers for them and the two strippers he shows up with. Gale's character, the youngest brother Kyle, is a mechanic who has spent time in a mental hospital and is trying to stay off the bottle. The fourth brother, Sebastian, has never left the family home. He takes care of their invalid, alcoholic mother and is trying to write a book while scheming with Kyle to kill the mother for the father's insurance money. Confused yet? :-)
(ed...This description has *definitely* got me excited about the film!)
John says the film was one of those magical experiences that happen every once in a great while. All of the people connected with it, cast and crew, turned out to be just the right mix of talents and personalities and the end product was far better than anyone anticipated. The film has been accepted to the Hollywood Film Festival and will be screened the first weekend in October, 2002.