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Director  Michael Fields
Music director  Christopher Young
Country  United States
5.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Thriller
Producer  Robert MacLean
Writer  Richard Ford
Language  English
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Release date  November 1990 (Turin International Youth Festival) 14 June 1991 (USA)
Cast  Dermot Mulroney (George), Lili Taylor (Lucy), Sam Shepard (Jack), Valerie Perrine (Aileen), Burt Young (Art), Bill Pullman (Bob)
Similar movies  Dumb and Dumber To, Django Unchained, Entourage, The Intouchables, Cars, St. Vincent
Tagline  Don't fall for someone who's got more troubles than you.

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Bright Angel is a 1990 American drama film directed by Michael Fields, and starring Dermot Mulroney, Lili Taylor, and Sam Shepard. The film follows two teenagers, George and the transient Lucy, who travel from their home in Montana to Wyoming in order to help Lucy's brother escape from jail. It was adapted from a short story in Richard Ford's collection titled Rock Springs.


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Although it received some critical acclaim, the film earned only $158,243 at the domestic box office.


George (Mulroney) is a Montana teen whose sanity is deteriorating due to his parent's marital woes. He links up with Lucy (Taylor), a runaway headed for Wyoming with a dark background, who is trying to get her brother out of jail. George tries to help her, but finds himself crossing paths with people even more emotionally disturbed than his mother and father.


  • Dermot Mulroney as George
  • Lili Taylor as Lucy
  • Sam Shepard as Jack
  • Valerie Perrine as Aileen
  • Burt Young as Art
  • Bill Pullman as Bob
  • Benjamin Bratt as Claude
  • Mary Kay Place as Judy
  • Delroy Lindo as Harley
  • Will Patton as Woody
  • Production

    Principal photography began on July 10, 1989. The film was shot on location in Billings and Broadview, Montana. & in Wyoming. Filming wrapped on August 30, 1989.

    The shoot was reportedly tumultuous for Lili Taylor, who was nearly fired over aesthetic decisions she'd made in presenting herself as the character. In a 2016 interview, she referred to it as the single most difficult film shoot in her career, stating that she had essentially been fired from the project, but was forced to finish her work on the film.

    Critical reception

    Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times enjoyed the film and gave it 3 1/2 stars:

    However, reviews such as Kathleen Maher of The Austin Chronicle did not think highly of it, gave it 2 stars and had differing views of the acting:


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