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Trouble in Mind (film)

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Director  Alan Rudolph
Featured song  Trouble in Mind
Country  United States
6.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Crime, Drama
Music director  Mark Isham
Writer  Alan Rudolph
Language  English
Trouble in Mind (film) movie poster

Release date  December 11, 1985 (1985-12-11)
Cast  Kris Kristofferson (Hawk), Keith Carradine (Coop), Lori Singer (Georgia), Geneviève Bujold (Wanda), Joe Morton (Solo), Divine (Hilly Blue)
Similar movies  The Guard, Roboshark, Sonicsgate: Requiem For A Team, Crazy in Love, This Is What Democracy Looks Like, Pearl Jam: Twenty

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Trouble in Mind is a 1985 neo-noir film, shot in Seattle, which follows an ex-cop just released from jail after serving time for a murder sentence as he returns to the mean streets of the fictional "Rain City."


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It was directed and written by Alan Rudolph, and stars Kris Kristofferson, Keith Carradine, Geneviève Bujold, and Lori Singer, with an out-of-drag appearance by Divine.

Trouble in Mind (film) movie scenes

The story starts off with the world-weary 1920s blues standard "Trouble in Mind" and ends with a song of love and reassurance, both performed by Marianne Faithfull. The opening line is "I wouldn't say no to a woman or a job".


The movie flips between reality and unreality in a variety of ways, with the time, language and setting unclear. The leading characters all display traits of the opposite of what they seem to be (the heroic ex-cop, for example, is a convicted murderer; the protective mother abandons her child; criminals show themselves to be sensitive philosophers; the wayward husband loves his wife; the straight woman shows a dark past; etc.).

There are déjà vus and some uncanny look-alike side characters that turn up in separate times and places, adding somewhat to the dream- or nightmare-like quality of the movie.

The four main characters convene by ones and pairs, get involved with one another, are joined by others, and end up in a final and absurd overall showdown to separate again.

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In the mysterious metropolis of Rain City, a former policeman, Hawk, is out of prison after serving eight years on a murder rap. He returns to his former hangout, Wanda's Cafe, run by his former love, Wanda.

New arrivals in town are the down on his luck: Coop, his naive wife Georgia and their baby boy, Spike. In desperate need of money, Coop goes to work for a gangster, Solo, but he isn't very good at his job.

Hawk, meanwhile, begins to develop a protective and even romantic attachment to Georgia, who is hired by Wanda to be a waitress. Coop runs afoul of the mob boss in town, Hilly Blue, leading to a wild shootout at Hilly's unique mansion.


  • Kris Kristofferson as John Hawkins - "Hawk"
  • Keith Carradine as Coop
  • Lori Singer as Georgia
  • Geneviève Bujold as Wanda
  • Joe Morton as Solo
  • Divine as Hilly Blue
  • George Kirby as Lieutenant Gunther
  • John Considine as Nate Nathanson
  • Dirk Blocker as Rambo
  • Albert Hall as Leo
  • Gailard Sartain as Fat Adolph
  • Robert Gould as Mardy Stoog
  • Antonia Dauphin as Sonja Nathanson
  • Billy Silva as Elmo
  • Release

    It was entered into the 36th Berlin International Film Festival. On December 14, 2010 Shout! Factory released a 25th Anniversary DVD of the film.


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