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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 "Have I run too far to get home?"

    I've somehow managed to never see this movie.....how 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"??
  6. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

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

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  10. Sundrop

    Sundrop Sunny the Great & 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 film.....be true to the story and entertain me.
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  11. Robert Gray

    Robert Gray Well-Known Member

    I hated this film with ever fiber of my being. I should caveat that with the fact that I'm a purist and think the story of a poor, widowed schoolteacher nursing his hate for years and years to finally come up with a caper that allows him to make the creep who took his wife from him suffer and pay was a much better story. What they showed on film gutted everything from the character in the book that was of any importance. I will agree to disagree with those who enjoyed the film because even taking it on its own merits and pretending the book didn't exist, I don't think it was particularly compelling or consistent with itself.
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2015
  12. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    I haven't seen this yet.
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  13. Chazel1972

    Chazel1972 Well-Known Member

    Watching it now
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  14. Arbitrary Refrain

    Arbitrary Refrain Active Member

    Been a while since I saw it, but I remember thinking that Wes Bentley was just too young to portray the character I had in my head from the short story. I also thought that Christian Slater 'phoned it in' a bit with the old crazy Jack Nicholson impression - Dolan wasn't a big enough threat for me. Didn't hate the film though - as has already been said, it was enjoyable enough to pass the time.
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  15. HedlessChickn

    HedlessChickn Booger Eater Extraordinaire

    It was good enough as a popcorn movie. And yes, Christian Slater was probably a bit too young to be a menacing Dolan.
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  16. footsteps

    footsteps Member

    Good adaptation. Nicely surprised by Slater. The scenes from the roadwork are great.
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  17. Jenni Roos

    Jenni Roos Member

  18. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    It apparently slipped through the cracks. Thanks for the heads up.
  19. Machine's Way

    Machine's Way “Go then, there are other worlds than these.”

    Umm, I watched this the other night and Christian Slater is absolutely AWFUL in this. Like cringe worthy awful. This was worse than made for TV movies. This was seriously an empty shell of what should of been quite a simple adaption. I have to say, I do not recommend this to anyone.
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  20. Tilly

    Tilly Well-Known Member

    I've read that short story many times. From these reviews, I don't want to spoil how much I like the story and the imagery I have had in my mind for a very long time.
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