Chelsea Walls R

Chelsea Walls
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 49 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: August 6, 2002
  • Originally Released: 2002
  • Label: Lions Gate
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Stereo - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers
    • Bonus Footage
    • Cast & Crew Interviews
    • Audio Commentary: Ethan Hawke - Director
    • Ethan Hawke Short Film
  • Interactive Features:
    • Scene Selection
    • Interactive Menus

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by
Music by
Screenwriting by
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Executive Production by &

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 47


User Ratings: 1,544
...Meandering, ingratiating, aimed at the heirs of the Beat Generation...
Chicago Sun-Times
Jun 16, 2002
Rating: 4/10 -- The film apparently takes place in a fantasy world where people in hotel hallways recite poetry in voice-over instead of speaking to each other. Full Review
All Movie Guide
Feb 3, 2003
Rating: C+ -- This is a very ambitious project for a fairly inexperienced filmmaker, but good actors, good poetry and good music help sustain it. Full Review
Laramie Movie Scope
Jan 9, 2003
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Hawke's actors are a talented troupe, and even when things get self-indulgent and fuzzy-headed (and boy, do they!), interesting stuff is going on.
Philadelphia Inquirer
Jun 13, 2002
...The movie aggressively stretches the visual vocabulary of the digital medium....It passionately believes in itself...and some of that belief rubs off on you...
New York Times
Apr 19, 2002
...CHELSEA WALLS is a beautiful, poetic film that captures the aspirations and struggles of a group of creative residents of Manhattan's landmark Chelsea Hotel...
Los Angeles Times
Apr 19, 2002
Rating: 2/4 -- The movie is essentially a series of fleetingly interesting actors' moments.
Seattle Times
May 17, 2002

Product Description:

Award-winning actor Ethan Hawke makes his directorial debut with CHELSEA WALLS, an ambitious ensemble film that captures a slice of bohemian life. Inspired by the dozens of brilliant and self-destructive counterculture heroes who have taken refuge at New York's famed Chelsea Hotel--among them Dylan Thomas, Tennessee Williams, and Sid Vicious--the drama interweaves the stories of several fictional tenants. These include Grace (Hawke's ex-wife Uma Thurman), a nervous waitress who is unable to choose the right partner; Bud (Kris Kristofferson), an alcoholic novelist whose inability to love has brought pain to the lives of his two lovers (Tuesday Weld and Natasha Richardson); and Terry (Robert Sean Leonard), a heartfelt musician who has traveled to the Chelsea from the Midwest in the hopes of making it big.

Shot at the hotel in digital video, CHELSEA WALLS has a relaxed quality that draws attention to the performances. Nicole Burdette's lyrical script is filled with poetic, often abstract language which leaves most of the characters outwardly enigmatic, and the actors take full advantage of the interpretive room they are given to strut their stuff. The fine soundtrack, written and performed by Jeff Tweedy from the alt-country band Wilco, provides much of the film's emotional resonance.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: APRIL 15, 2002

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