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U.S. Theatrical Premiere
NICK NOLTE: NO EXIT
"An almost existential documentary, part self-celebratory profile, part surreal question-and-answer session" -Los Angeles Times
"The film has a certain fascination, because Nolte is such a charismatic enigma" -Roger Ebert
Recommended! "Nolte's bemused knack for toying with interviewers is matched by his passion for performance" -NewCity Chicago
"It's almost too bizarre to be believed" -USA Today
Nick Nolte is known as an actor "with balls", as we discover in this unconventional profile by director Thomas Thurman, whose work focuses on noted personalities of American cinema, past and present. In the case of this charismatic actor known to the public at large primarily for his roles in the films Cape Fear and The Prince of Tides, the director intentionally avoids the conventional form of the biographical documentary, with its obligatory film excerpts and honorific odes from colleagues. Instead, Thurman gets the eccentric actor to do the asking himself, thereby presenting a unique perspective on the true essence of his persona in what becomes a wildly frank and unconventional view of the life and work of this legendary actor. Never one to get embarrassed, Nolte goes for the jugular, while the enfant terrible's "star" alter ego gives no-holds-barred answers in Nick Nolte: No Exit. This original study is also intriguing for the no less candid opinions of Nolte's colleagues and friends Ben Stiller, Jacqueline Bisset, Paul Mazursky, Rosanna Arquette and Barbara Hershey.
Directed by Thomas Thurman, U.S.A., 2008, 74 mins.