Trouble in Mind (film)
Trouble in Mind is a 1985 American neo-noir film written and directed by Alan Rudolph and starring Kris Kristofferson, Keith Carradine, Geneviève Bujold, and Lori Singer, with an out-of-drag appearance by Divine. The story 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."
|Trouble in Mind|
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|Directed by||Alan Rudolph|
|Produced by||David Blocker|
|Written by||Alan Rudolph|
|Music by||Mark Isham|
|Edited by||Tom Walls|
|Distributed by||Alive Films|
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
The music, performed by Marianne Faithfull, was arranged and accompanied by Mark Isham. The film starts off with the 1920s blues standard "Trouble in Mind" and ends with a song of love and reassurance, both performed by Faithfull.
Peter R. Tromp (now Peter Trump, author of Milk the Children and Poems and Portions) provided music as Divine's strolling violinist. In the Chinatown restaurant scene, Tromp performed Pachelbel's Canon in D and J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3. During scenes filmed at the Seattle Art Museum, Tromp performed Telemann's Fantasia No. 6, “Autumn” from Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Biber's Passacaglia, and Reveille. Tromp's appearance and music in Trouble in Mind were uncredited.
Film critic Roger Ebert gave the film four stars in his review, noting Rudolph's combination of style and emotional sincerity that is aware of being funny while calling it a "movie that takes place within our memories of the movies." Ebert later named it #5 on his list of the best movies of 1986.  Walter Goodman of The New York Times was less enthusiastic; he wrote that Rudolph "seems to be striving to say something but isn’t able to break through the fog of the script."
In his book Rainer on Film, critic Peter Rainer included Trouble in Mind in a section on underseen films.
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