|A Tribute to Matt Dillon
in 1964 and brought up in an Irish-Catholic, suburban New York family, Matt Dillon
was cherry-picked out of junior high to be cast in his first film, OVER THE EDGE (1979),
Jonathan Kaplans gruelingly honest portrait of teen alienation. His cocky, tough guy
charm and dark, incendiary good looks quickly led to more roles in such films as Tony
Bills MY BODYGUARD (1980) and Tim Hunters TEX (1982). For a while Dillon
seemed destined to be pigeonholed as a James Dean-esque misunderstood youth for the
1980s, with explosive roles in Francis Ford Coppolas RUMBLE FISH and THE
OUTSIDERS (both 1983). His delightful comic performance in FLAMINGO KID (1984) showed part
of his amazing range as an actor, followed by his breakout performance as the stoned title
character in DRUGSTORE COWBOY (1989).
Since then hes proven himself wonderfully adept at
comedy dark (TO DIE FOR) and bright (THERES SOMETHING ABOUT MARY), as well as
multi-dimensional roles in such offbeat dramas as THE SAINT OF FORT WASHINGTON and
neo-noirs like THE BIG TOWN and the exhilaratingly perverse WILD THINGS.
We are very pleased to welcome Matt Dillon
to the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian for a showcase of some of his finest films
as actor, as well as a special sneak preview of CITY OF GHOSTS, his debut film as
Friday, January 31 7:30 PM
Special Sneak Preview!
CITY OF GHOSTS, 2002, MGM/UA. Matt
Dillons debut film as director is not only an impressively intricate tapestry of
hothouse intrigue, but, as co-written by Dillon and frequent David Lynch collaborator
Barry Gifford, a dazzling evocation of what was best in the works of Graham Greene and
Joseph Conrad. Dillon stars as Jimmy Cremming, a con man on the lam who travels to
Cambodia in search of Marvin (James Caan), his mentor whom he believes has bilked
him out of his share in an elaborate insurance scam. What he encounters is a quicksand
pool of subterfuge and labyrinthine betrayal. With Stellan Skarsgard, Natascha McElhone
and Gerard Depardieu. Discussion following with
director Matt Dillon.
Saturday, February 1 5:00 PM
THE FLAMINGO KID, 1984, 20th
Century Fox, 100 min. Dir. Garry Marshall. Matt Dillons seemingly effortless gift
for comedy is spotlighted for the first time in this charming coming-of-age saga as he
portrays Jeffrey, a frustrated teen intoxicated with the country club lifestyle where he
works. Richard Crenna is the poker playing, high-rolling car dealer he idolizes, much to
the chagrin of Jeffreys father (Hector Elizondo). Life lessons are learned when
Jeffrey discovers his role model may not be all hes cracked up to be. An immensely
likeable entertainment and one of Dillons most popular early films. Discussion following with actor Matt Dillon.
Saturday, February 1 7:45 PM
DRUGSTORE COWBOY, 1989, Artisan,
100 min. Devilishly charming Matt Dillon is the head honcho of a quartet of
neerdowell addicts (the superb Kelly Lynch, James LeGros and Heather
Graham round out the foursome) who support their habits by robbing drugstores in the
mid-1970s northwest. Director Gus Van Sant expertly shifts his matter-of-fact
tone from humorous to gutwrenching, proving a potent force to be reckoned with in his
first major film. The picture that made critics stand up and really take notice of Matt
Dillons multi-faceted talent. With James Remar as Dillons cop nemesis and
William Burroughs as a junkie ex-priest.
WILD THINGS, 1998, Columbia, 108
min. Dir. John McNaughton. Part teen femme fatale fable and part amour fou epic,
WILD THINGS bristles with so much razor tongued dialogue and subversive plot twists,
youll have to pay close attention to keep your mind from twisting into a pretzel by
the devastating climax. Matt Dillon once again proves his versatility in the by
turns sympathetic and detestable role of a high school teacher accused by Neve Campbell
and Denise Richards of sexual abuse. Beware absolutely no one is who they
appear to be in this brilliant southern gothic neo-noir. Co-starring Kevin Bacon, Bill
Murray, Robert Wagner and Theresa Russell. Discussion
between films with Matt Dillon.
Sunday, February 2 4:00 PM
OVER THE EDGE, 1979, Warner Bros.,
95 min. Director Jonathan Kaplan, ably supported by a searing screenplay by Tim
Hunter and Charles Haas, delivers one of the most painfully honest and human depictions of
misunderstood teen frustration ever made. Upwardly mobile Colorado parents neglect their
kids while adding finishing touches to their idealized planned community, a situation that
finally mushrooms into a full-blown youth riot. In his film debut, Matt Dillon is
instantly recognizable star material as the wildest of the repressed teenagers. He leads
an exceptionally talented young cast that also includes Michael Eric Kramer, Pamela Ludwig
and Vincent Spano. Discussion following with actor Matt Dillon
and co-screenwriter Tim Hunter.
Sunday, February 2 7:00 PM
THE SAINT OF FORT
WASHINGTON, 1993, Warner Bros., 108 min. Tim Hunter (TEX, THE RIVERS
EDGE) directs this sympathetic portrait of down-on-their-luck homeless New Yorkers with Matt
Dillon as an untreated schizophrenic with aspirations as a photographer who encounters
an unlikely guardian angel in broken down Vietnam vet, Danny Glover. Ving Rhames is
memorably bigger-than-life as Little Leroy, a bully who zeroes in on Dillon for abuse.
With Nina Siemaszko, Rick Aviles.
TEX, 1982, Walt Disney, 103 min. Dir. Tim
Hunter. Excellent S.E. Hinton adaptation with Matt Dillon as a rambunctious
troubled teen who rebels against older brother Jim Metzlers guidance when their
mother dies and their father abandons them. A remarkably flavorful and
honest-slice-of-life with support from Ben Johnson, Meg Tilly and Emilio Estevez. Discussion between films with actor Matt Dillon and director Tim