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Inherent Vice
- Joaquin Phoenix

Overview - Paul Thomas Anderson adapts Thomas Pynchon's celebrated detective novel in this Annapurna Pictures production. Joaquin Phoenix stars as Larry "Doc" Sportello, a pot-smoking private eye at the tail end of the psychedelic '60s who investigates a kidnapping case involving his old flame Shasta Fay Hepworth (Katherine Waterston) and her missing sugar daddy Mickey Wolfmann (Eric Roberts), a powerful real-estate mogul.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Paul Thomas Anderson adapts Thomas Pynchon's celebrated detective novel in this Annapurna Pictures production. Joaquin Phoenix stars as Larry "Doc" Sportello, a pot-smoking private eye at the tail end of the psychedelic '60s who investigates a kidnapping case involving his old flame Shasta Fay Hepworth (Katherine Waterston) and her missing sugar daddy Mickey Wolfmann (Eric Roberts), a powerful real-estate mogul. In the course of his investigation Doc butts heads with Lt. Det. Christian F. "Bigfoot" Bjornsen (Josh Brolin), a part-time actor with a palpable distain for the free-love generation, and a reputation for committing civil-rights violations. Later, as clues to Wolfmann's disappearance begin to suggest a conspiracy involving the FBI and a mysterious underworld syndicate known as the Golden Fang, Doc seeks the help of his lawyer Sauncho Smilax, Esq. (Benicio Del Toro) and Deputy D.A. Penny Kimball (Reese Witherspoon). Meanwhile, Doc also agrees to search for Coy Harlingen (Owen Wilson), a reportedly deceased saxophone player who may not be as dead as rumors suggest, and who seems somehow tied to the ongoing Wolfmann investigation. Martin Short, Jena Malone, and Joanna Newsom co-star.

Cast List

Myke Schwartz
Robert Elswit - Director of Photography, GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK (2005)
Amy Wells
Daniel Lupi - Producer, PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE (2002)
Adam Somner
Paul Thomas Anderson - Director/Screenwriter
Christopher Scarabosio
Linda Cohen - Music, GIGANTIC: A TALE OF TWO JOHNS (2003)
Jonny Greenwood - Member of the band Radiohead
David Acord
Thomas Pynchon
Crazy Horse Effects
Josh Brolin - American actor, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
Benicio Del Toro - Actor, TRAFFIC (2000)
Peter McRobbie
Martin Short - Canadian Comedian/Actor
Serena Scott Thomas - Actress
Reese Witherspoon - American actress, CRUEL INTENTIONS (1999)
Jeannie Berlin - Granddaughter of Jack Berlin; daughter of Elaine May
Martin Donovan - American Actor, TRUST/THE OPPOSITE OF SEX/ INSOMNIA
Eric Roberts - American Actor, STAR 80
Joaquin Phoenix - American actor, WALK THE LINE
Joaquin Rafael Bottom - American actor, WALK THE LINE
Leaf Phoenix - American actor, WALK THE LINE
Lief Phoenix - American actor, WALK THE LINE
Owen Wilson - Actor, screenwriter, THE WEDDING CRASHERS, MEET THE PARENTS
Owen C. Wilson - Actor, screenwriter, THE WEDDING CRASHERS, MEET THE PARENTS
Jena Malone - Actress
Jefferson Mays - Actor
Michael Cotter
Maya Rudolph - Actress
Sam Jaeger - Actor, LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN (2006)
Samantha Lemole
Sasha Pieterse
Michael Kenneth Williams - Actor
Delaina Mitchell
David Prak
Amy Ferguson
Christopher Allen Nelson
Madison Leisle
Andrew Simpson - Star, NOTES ON A SCANDAL, (2006)
Keith Jardine
Katherine Waterston - Actress
Yvette Yates
Wilson Bethel
Shannon Collis
Elaine Tan
Joe Dioletto
Jillian Bell
Martin D. Dew
Matt Doyle - Actor
Katie Schwartz
Anders Holm
Emma Dumont
Charley Morgan - Actor, ;
Timothy Simons
Alina Gatti
Joanna Newsom
Jordan Christian Hearn
Taylor Bonin
Hong Chau
Catherine Haena Kim
Vivienne Khaledi
Jack Kelly - Actor, ;
Christian Williams - Actor
The Growlers
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Emmet Unverzagt
Osamu Saito
Eva Fisher - Actor in TWEEK CITY
Jackie Johnson - Actor
Shannon C. Sullivan - Actor, ;
Liam VanJoosten

 
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    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 148
  • Color Format: (unknown/unconverted)
  • UPC: 883929388219
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: January 2015

Related Categories:
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Related Keywords:
Kidnapping And Missing Persons
Detective
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Reviews:
"[T]he deftness with comedy and actors are at a level that few filmmakers working today could achieve. Anderson even reveals a flair for sight gags..." -- Grade: A - 12/11/2014 A.V. Club


3 stars out of 4 -- "[With] smashing performances that keep playing back in your head....It's the work of a major talent." - 12/11/2014 Rolling Stone


"For all of its darker themes, the movie never loses its wicked sense of humor....Indeed, INHERENT VICE is Pynchon and Anderson at their funniest, loosest and most accessible." - 12/11/2014 Los Angeles Times


"Mr. Phoenix’s note-perfect performance flows on the story’s currents of comedy that occasionally turn into rapids, as the funny ha-ha, funny strange back-and-forth abruptly gives way to Three Stooges slapstick..." - 12/11/2014 New York Times


4 stars out of 4 -- "[I]t's a great people-watching film, showcasing a diverse cast whose performances are the acting equivalent of self-caricatures rendered under the influence..." - 12/12/2014 RogerEbert.com


"INHERENT VICE is a twisting story about twisted California stoners. Think of it as a film that's meant to be experienced..." - 12/13/2014 USA Today


"It’s a brilliant comedic performance from Brolin as a blockhead buffoon who knows the truth about himself and tries to cover it with a linebacker’s machismo." - 01/08/2015 Chicago Sun-Times


"INHERENT VICE roils and simmers with epochal shifts, spiritual cataclysms and eerily prescient observations of present-day realities, from long-brewing mistrust of the police to a burgeoning security state. But as a viewing experience, it’s a remarkably mellow, even soothing experience." - 01/08/2015 Washington Post


4 stars out of 5 -- "This is noir at its most playful. There are bright bursts of comic invention and slapstick..." - 01/30/2015 Empire


4 stars out of 5 -- "Set in an ultra-seedy LA, with the shadow of the Manson murders looming large, the attention to detail is quite superb." - 01/26/2015 Total Film


"The movie has scenes that stick to the brainpan, both pungent and poignant..." - 02/01/2015 Sight and Sound

 
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