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Director: Todd Haynes Cast: Julianne Moore, Peter Friedman, Xander Berkeley

Blu-ray (Special Edition / Wide Screen / Restored)

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Todd Haynes presents a revisionist take on the paranoia thriller with this story of a Southern California housewife who suddenly falls victim to an inexplicable, apparently incurable illness. Carol White (Julianne Moore) lives with her husband and son in suburban comfort until she collapses one day, for no apparent reason. Her condition worsens in the weeks that follow, as she suffers from coughing fits, exhaustion, and spontaneous nose bleeds, triggered by sources as disparate as car exhaust, cologne, and the sun. Failing to find any medical explanation for her maladies, her doctor refers her to a psychiatrist, who suggests that her physical ailments are psychosomatic -- a theory echoed by her callous and increasingly frustrated husband. At her wits' end, Carol withdraws to an expensive New Age retreat for sufferers of "20th century disease," where the community's guru (Peter Friedman) champions a dubious regimen of diet, climate control, introspection, and self-love.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/09/2014
UPC: 0715515133012
Original Release: 1995
Rating: R
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:59:00
Sales rank: 256

Special Features

Audio commentary featuring Haynes, actor Julianne Moore, and producer Christine Vachon; New conversation between Haynes and Moore; The Suicide, a 1978 short film by Haynes; New interview with Vachon; Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julianne Moore Carol White
Peter Friedman Peter Dunning
Xander Berkeley Greg White
James LeGros Chris
Kate McGregor-Stewart Claire
Mary Carver Nell
Dean Norris Mover
Ronnie Farer Barbara
Jodie Markell Anita
Susan Norman Linda
Chauncey Leopardi Rory
Saachiko Dry Cleaners Manager
Allan Wasserman Client
Jean Pflieger Client's Wife
Steven Gilborn Dr. Hubbard
Janel Moloney Hairdresser
John Apicella Psychiatrist
Dana Anderson Lynn
Frank Dent Video Narrator
Peter Crombie Dr. Reynolds
Beth Grant Becky (auditorium Speaker)
Gerrielani Miyazaki Listener No. 2
Edith Meeks Patient No. 1
Lorna Scott Marilyn
James Lyons Cab Driver
April Grace Susan
Jessica Harper Joyce
Brandon Cruz Steve
Cassy Friel Baby Shower Child
Francesca Roberts Patient No. 2
Sarah Scott Davis Sarah
Ravi Achar Wrenwood Instructor
Julie Burgess Aerobics Instructor
Elinor O. Caplan Patient
Joe Comando Exterminator
Brendan Dolan Patrolman
Tricia Dong Wrenwood Patient
Tim Gardner Department Store Dispatcher
Wendy Gayle Baby Shower Mother
Eleanor Graham Singer
Mitchell Greenhill Accompanist
Wendy Haynes Waitress
Martha Velez-Johnson Fulvia
Jo Wilkinson Listener

Technical Credits
Todd Haynes Director,Screenwriter
David J. Bomba Production Designer
Neil Danziger Musical Direction/Supervision
Jakki Fink Casting
Mary E. Gullickson Set Decoration/Design
Ted Hope Executive Producer
Ernest Kerns Associate Producer
Lidsay Law Executive Producer
James Lyons Editor
Alex Nepomniaschy Cinematographer
James Schamus Executive Producer
Tony Stabley Art Director
Nancy Steiner Costumes/Costume Designer
Ed Tomney Score Composer
Denny Vachlioti Producer
Christine Vachon Producer
Lauren Zalaznick Producer

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Safe 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All the people in this story do the best they can with limited abilities--and together they form the most formidable and frightening monster I've seen portrayed in film. We the viewers stand helplessly by watching these people reveal their flaws while they remain completely unaware of them. The elements of love and self forgiveness are at once both empowering and disappointing, a candid portrayal that is most difficult to face. The characters may be fictitious but the monster is very real, and the horrible truth is that wittingly or unwittingly, each of us is a part of this monster. For the sophisticated viewer, this film is horror at its finest, most subtle, and profound, that will linger and tempt replaying for years and years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
SAFE is one of the few films I would have to call perfect or as perfect as a film can be. Julianne Moore (a friend of Todd Haynes) gives a breathtaking performance, that should have received an oscar nomination. Todd Haynes is an amazing director (and he's gay of course!). This film is groundbreaking, although I have read it was a satire on affluent suburban housewives & their vacuous existences (Moore's character is completely empty inside, nothing's there) it is also a strong environmental statement. People with EI (environmental illness) do exist & as is stated in the credits of the film, information was received from The Center for the Chemically Injured (somewhere in Texas I believe, no surprise, with all our refineries). The supporting cast are excellent: there is Jessica Harper (from the famous Dario Argento film SUSPIRIA), Mary Carver, James LeGros.....Pay attention to this film, turn up the volume as there are some subtleties that will be missed if you don't listen closely. Another note, the score is fantastic & fits perfectly.