GenreDrama, Thriller ProducerRobert MacLean WriterRichard Ford LanguageEnglish
Release dateNovember 1990 (Turin International Youth Festival)
14 June 1991 (USA) CastDermot Mulroney (George), Lili Taylor (Lucy), Sam Shepard (Jack), Valerie Perrine (Aileen), Burt Young (Art), Bill Pullman (Bob) Similar moviesDumb and Dumber To, Django Unchained, Entourage, The Intouchables, Cars, St. Vincent
TaglineDon't fall for someone who's got more troubles than you.
Bright angel trailer 1991
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.
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
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.
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: