Thursday, Jan 26: 7:00 pm
As classmates, shy, artistic Sonny (Jeremy Davies) and charming, popular Gunner (Ben Affleck in his first lead role) had nothing to do with one another, but now, in the stifling climate of Eisenhower America, where prejudice and paranoia rule the day, the two young men returning home from the Korean war find in each other the strength to change their lives and futures. Each must choose between the suffocating but familiar comforts offered to them by their mothers and their old flames and friends, or the exciting but uncertain futures represented by a pair of enthralling new romantic prospects (Rachel Weisz, Rose McGowan). Originally released in 1997, director Mark Pellington's newly re-edited and restored version of his movie completely upends the original cut, hews closer to the source novel, and cements the film as one of the most aesthetically fresh and thematically fascinating films of the 90s, as well as a testament to the ever-evolving possibilities of cinematic rediscovery.
“A terrific, bold and ambitious debut film with electric central performances and a keen eye for detail both visual and narrative. All better, all