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Lightning (1995)

USA, 1995 (MIFF 2010, Dante's Inferno)

Director: Joe Dante

“I always wanted to make a western - but when I got to do it, the western was over.” - Joe Dante

Each episode of the Norman Jewison-produced Picture Windows series was to be inspired by a well known painting. With his episode, ‘Lightning', Dante choose instead to start with a short story by writer Zane Grey (author of the Frontier trilogy) and then insert it into a Frederic Remington etching.

Against the backdrop of California's 19th century Gold Rush, Brian Keith plays a lucky digger in a story of greed and equine smarts.

D Joe Dante P Scott J.T. Frank, Daniel Halperin, David Wachs S Jim Byrnes TD digibeta/1995

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