Bruce Fretts
September 29, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Waking the Dead

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
106 minutes
performer
Jennifer Connelly, Billy Crudup, Ed Harris, Sandra Oh
director
Keith Gordon
distributor
USA Films
author
Robert Dillon
genre
Romance, Drama

We gave it an B-

In 1982, a congressional candidate (Crudup) is haunted by visions of an allegedly deceased hippie chick (Connelly) who raised his consciousness — among other things — during the Nixon Era. Director Keith Gordon (A Midnight Clear) achieves an often-impressive intimacy with his actors, but the visually enticing parable Waking the Dead is ultimately as evanescent as Connelly’s Kentucky accent. B-

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