The Sunchaser

The Sunchaser

Director: Michael Cimino Cast: Woody Harrelson, Jon Seda, Anne Bancroft


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Michael Cimino, the director of The Deer Hunter and the ill-fated Heaven's Gate, helmed this bizarre New Age action picture in 1996. Based on a screenplay by Charles Leavitt, the film stars Woody Harrelson as Dr. Michael Reynolds, a rich, young L.A. physician who worries more about promotions and buying a $2 million home for his family than about his patients. Reynolds is assigned a 16-year-old convicted murderer, Brandon Monroe (Jon Seda), as his new patient. Brandon is a half-Cherokee gang member who killed his own stepfather, has terminal cancer, resents his privileged doctors, and has beaten up several pediatricians who've tried to care for him. Brandon gets a gun while going to the bathroom at the hospital and kidnaps Reynolds, stealing a car. While constantly threatening his doctor's life, Brandon takes him on a trip to an Arizona Indian reservation with the aim of immersing himself in a magic lake which native tradition says has healing powers. Along the way, the pair meet up with motorcycle gang members, rattlesnakes, and several New Age philosophers. Eventually, the materialistic doctor and the young tough gain a grudging respect for each other's values, and Reynolds even steals money to buy Brandon medicine. ~ Michael Betzold

Product Details

Release Date: 03/08/2016
UPC: 0024543216148
Original Release: 1996
Rating: R
Source: New Regency
Time: 2:02:00
Sales rank: 72,734

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Woody Harrelson Dr. Michael Reynolds
Jon Seda Brandon 'Blue' Monroe
Anne Bancroft Dr. Renata Baumbauer
Alexandra Tydings Victoria Reynolds
Matt Mulhern Dr. Chip Byrnes
Talisa Soto Navajo Woman
Victor Aaron Webster Skyhorse
Richard Bauer Dr. Bradford
Harry Carey Cashier
Michael O'Neill Agent Moreland
Lawrence Pressman A.I.C. Collier
Robert "Bobby Z" Zajonc FBI Pilot

Technical Credits
Michael Cimino Director,Producer
Douglas Axtell Sound/Sound Designer
Joseph M. Caracciolo Executive Producer
Jackie Carr Set Decoration/Design
Brian Cook Asst. Director
Joe D'Augustine Editor
Pablo Ferro Consultant/advisor
Judy Goldstein Producer
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Charles Leavitt Screenwriter
Terry Liebling Casting
Lee Mayman Art Director
Arnon Milchan Producer
Douglas Milsome Cinematographer
Michael Nathanson Executive Producer
Victoria Paul Production Designer
Edward L. Rubin Art Director
Larry Spiegel Producer
Joseph S. Vecchio Producer

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