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Robert Altman films Sam Shepard's play in the dreamy, hallucinogenic mode of Three Women and Images, with lots of languorous movement, gauzy flashbacks, and surrealist touches. The cosmic mood doesn't do much for Shepard's dialogue, which depends on funky rhythms and physical intensity, while Altman's staging only underlines the pretentious vagaries built into Shepard's concept. The greatest disappointment is Shepard's own inability to play a Shepard character: a distant, stiff presence, he never seems to enter the emotional battles (with Kim Basinger, as the woman he can't live with and can't live without) that are the play's reason for being. Harry Dean Stanton flits around the edges as a watchful, pixieish figure (a reprise of his part in One Magic Christmas?); Randy Quaid scores with some funny business as the outsider brought in to witness the trick finale.

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