Fierce People

Fierce People

Director: Griffin Dunne Cast: Diane Lane, Donald Sutherland, Anton Yelchin

DVD (Wide Screen)


Actor-turned-director and producer Griffin Dunne (Practical Magic, Addicted to Love) teams up with scenarist Dirk Wittenborn for the slice-of-life ensemble drama Fierce People. As summer encroaches, 16-year-old Manhattanite Finn Earl (Anton Yelchin) would love nothing more than to trek off to South America and spend the year's sun-drenched months near the equator, embarking on thrilling adventures with his estranged archaeologist father, whom he's never met. Alas, the bonds of family rein in tight when Finn's booze- and coke-addled mother, the masseuse Liz (Diane Lane), cries out for help -- and, in the process, unwittingly gets Finn arrested. In a dramatic attempt to reverse circumstances and sort out the complications in both of their lives, Liz insists on taking custody of Finn for the summer. Both, she insists, will live in the home of one of her former massage clients, the aging billionaire Ogden C. Osborne (Donald Sutherland) -- with whom she may be amorously involved. Though Finn agrees begrudgingly at first, in time he finds the environment welcoming -- as he develops a crush on Ogden's gorgeous granddaughter (Kristen Stewart) and befriends Ogden's grandson. But when an unforeseen and shocking act of violence erupts, it estranges Finn and Liz from their posh surroundings and provides a sobering, harrowing reminder of the socioeconomic differences between the Earls and their new friends.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/05/2008
UPC: 0031398196372
Original Release: 2006
Rating: R
Source: Lions Gate
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:52:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; "Breaking Down the Tribe" featurette; Director's commentary; Deleted scenes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Diane Lane Liz Earl
Donald Sutherland Osborne
Anton Yelchin Finn Earl
Chris Evans Bryce Langley
Kristen Stewart Maya
Paz de la Huerta Jilly
Elizabeth Perkins Mrs. Langley
Christopher Shyer Dr. Leffler
Blu Mankuma Gates
Garry Chalk McCallum
Ryan McDonald Ian
Dexter Bell Marcus Gates
Kaleigh Dey Paige
Aaron Brooks Giacomo
Jeff Westmoreland Whitney
Teach Grant Dwayne
Chris Shields Cop
Dirk Wittenborn Fox Blanchard
Alan Giles Dignified Old Man
Sibel Thrasher Creamsicle
Robert Clarke Herbert the Butler
Eddie Rosales Iskanani Shaman
Will Lyman Documentary Narrator

Technical Credits
Griffin Dunne Director,Producer
Keith Addis Executive Producer
Ed Anders Stunts
Coll Anderson Sound/Sound Designer
Susan Brouse Casting
Michael Burns Executive Producer
Lynne Carrow Casting
Marco Ciccone Camera Operator
Mike Crestejo Stunts
David Crone Camera Operator
Sig De Miguel Casting
Roberta Duylend Costumes/Costume Designer
David Friend Animator
Ogden Gavanski Executive Producer
Cathy Sandrich Gelfond Casting
Janet Henry Costumes/Costume Designer
Willie Heslup Production Designer
Joel C. High Musical Direction/Supervision
Allyson C. Johnson Editor
Brad Kelly Stunts
Nick Laird-Clowes Score Composer
Don Lew Stunts
Amanda Mackey-Johnson Casting
Craig Matheson Asst. Director
Tracy McKnight Musical Direction/Supervision
Steve McMichael Stunts
Padi Mills Production Manager
Anand Nunnally Animator
Tom Ortenberg Executive Producer
Michael Paseornek Executive Producer
Brian Pearson Camera Operator
Monique Prudhomme Costumes/Costume Designer
Patrick Ramsay Sound Mixer
Lou Rawlins Costumes/Costume Designer
William Rexer Cinematographer
Mark Ricker Production Designer
Darryl Scheeler Stunts
Kimani Ray Smith Stunts
Ann Villeseche Stunts
Tammy Walters Executive Producer
Nick Wechsler Producer
Wendy Weidman Casting
Dirk Wittenborn Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Paul Wu Stunts
Franklin Zitter Associate Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fierce People
1. Fierce People [8:15]
2. 9,356 Acres [8:48]
3. Animal Spirit [7:42]
4. Birthday [9:43]
5. Doctor [4:30]
6. Mr. Osborne [7:06]
7. Fortune Time [9:00]
8. Looking For You [7:08]
9. Just a Race [4:25]
10. You Can't Tell [5:15]
11. More Than Friends [5:35]
12. Back to Work [:35]
13. Whitney [4:57]
14. What Do You Think [8:56]
15. We'll Get Him [2:41]
16. The Tribe [4:43]

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Fierce People 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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From the opening scenes of FIERCE PEOPLE (an interplay of tribal customs as photographed by the anthropologist father of the young narrator Finn Earl, demonstrating why this South American tribe of Ishkanani is so fierce) the direction of the film is nebulous: are we watching a dark comedy about comparing life in the New York streets to uncivilized peoples, or is this a message film of a more serious intent? But as the story develops this fine line between entertainment and philosophical impact becomes increasingly clear. Griffin Dunne's direction of Dirk Wittenborn's adaptation of his novel may be a bit careless at times as it strays from rational plot development, but in the end there is a strong enough final impact to patch up the holes he created. Our narrator Finn Earl (Anton Yelchin) lives with his coke-addicted masseuse/sexually obsessed mother Liz (Diane Lane) in New York, waiting for the summer when he is to join his anthropologist father on a field trip to South America (a father he knows only from letters and videos), when a drug bust abruptly changes their lives: one of Liz's wealthy clients Ogden Osborne (Donald Sutherland) rescues the down and out family and moves them to his ten acre estate, the epitome of wealth and power. In exchange for being Osborne's private masseuse, Liz and Finn can live in the mansion with the 'filthy rich' Osbornes - daughter Mrs. Langley (Elizabeth Perkins) and grandchildren Bryce (Chris Evans) and Maya (Kristen Stewart). Osborne and his physician lead Liz on the drying out path and Finn bonds with Osborne and his grandchildren, and despite the disparity in poor versus wealthy, the living situation works - for a while. Incidents occur to alter feelings and Finn is attacked and raped by a masked assailant, a turning point for the film and Finn's view of the Osborne family. Osborne reveals his past to Finn and together they manage to discover the truth about Finn's troubling incident - and also about the fierce disease of the wealthy class. The film uses many clips of tribal activity during the film, drawing some disturbing parallels for some of the more challenging scenes. For this viewer that works well, but when the director elects to place tribal individuals in full regalia within the context of the Osborne estate, the concept feel contrived, as though the audience has to be forced to 'get it'. The various subplots between maid Jilly (Paz de la Huerta) and Finn and the introduction of an obese retarded chalk artist Whitney (Branden Williams) push the credibility edge of emphasizing the line between the wealthy and the 'lower class', but the performances by Sutherland, Lane, and Yelchin are strong enough to make us forgive the film's lapses. Not a great film but one with a lot of worthy ideas splashed around on the screen of a project that often feels lost in its struggle for direction. Grady Harp
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