General assessment

Discussion in 'Dolan's Cadillac' started by Neil W, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. Neil W

    Neil W Well-Known Member

    When his wife is killed by mobster Dolan after she witnessed him committing murder, grief-stricken Robinson hatches a plan to exact retribution. You see, Dolan regularly drives between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and sometimes there are roadworks...

    Dolan's Cadillac is one of Stephen King's simplest short stories, lovingly crafted around a number of technical issues the answers to which were supplied to him by his big brother. Those technicalities are not necessary in the film - what happens happens, we see it but we don't need to know exactly how - and, instead, other aspects of the story are amplified (and, indeed, added). The main story beats remain consistent, however.

    Christian Slater treads a fine line between inhuman urbanity and crazed loon as Dolan's fate unfolds. Wes Bentley is fine as the grieving and somewhat unhinged Robinson, and Emmanuelle Vaugier is adequate as the doomed Elizabeth.

    This film passes the time but is otherwise fairly unmemorable.
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  2. mustangclaire

    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    I thought the film was pretty good. But not nearly as good as Kings description of Dolan at the end, trapped in that car....
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  3. ghost19

    ghost19 "Front sight focus."

    I've somehow managed to never see this the hell did I manage that? Ok, I've off to find it now....
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  4. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Me neither @ghost19 , but I remember the book well and thought it was very clever - so now, like you, I guess I shall try to order a copy. I think it is in my local library.
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  5. bigkingfan91

    bigkingfan91 Well-Known Member

    I had never even heard of this movie until now, is it based off of "Roadwork"??
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  6. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Beta Tester/Moderator Moderator

    It's based off a short story by Stephen of the same name.
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  7. mjs9153

    mjs9153 Guest

    Dolan's Cadillac can be found in the collection Nightmares and Dreamscapes..
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  8. Chuggs

    Chuggs Well-Known Member

    I didn't even know there was a movie? How did I miss it?
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  9. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Fairly unmemorable? I recorded it last night and the rating it got (according to TV anyway) was four stars! Christian Slater was good and the main character (Dolan) was very believable. I would recommend this movie

  10. Sundrop

    Sundrop the Great and Wonderful

    I enjoyed the movie. It was well acted, kept my attention, and was fairly accurate to the short story.
    That's all I expect in a true to the story and entertain me.
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