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“Sunchaser” is a 1996 American drama film directed by . The film follows the story of a troubled young man named Blue (played by ) who is serving time in a New Mexico prison for attempted murder. When he is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he escapes from the hospital and takes a doctor named Reynolds (played by ) hostage. Blue forces Reynolds to take him on a journey to a sacred Native American site in Arizona in hopes of finding a cure for his illness.


“Sunchaser” is a deeply emotional and thought-provoking film that explores themes of redemption, spirituality, and mortality. 's direction is understated but effective, allowing the story and characters to take center stage. The film's performances are also outstanding, with both and delivering powerful and nuanced portrayals.

The film is at its strongest when exploring the relationship between Blue and Reynolds, which is equal parts antagonistic and transformative. The two men are vastly different, but their journey together allows them to confront their own demons and find a deeper understanding of themselves and each other. The film also offers a sensitive and respectful portrayal of Native American culture and spirituality, with the Arizona landscape serving as a stunning backdrop.

One of the film's weaknesses, however, is its somewhat convoluted plot. The story takes a number of unexpected turns, which can make it difficult to fully invest in the narrative at times. Additionally, some of the characters outside of Blue and Reynolds feel underdeveloped, which can detract from the film's overall impact.


While “Sunchaser” was not a box office success and did not receive any major award nominations, it did win the Critics Award for Best Film at the Deauville Film Festival in 1996. It was also nominated for the Grand Special Prize at the Montreal World Film Festival. Despite its lack of widespread recognition, the film has developed a devoted following over the years and is often praised for its powerful themes and performances.

Directed by
Produced by Arnon Milchan

Larry Spiegel
Judy Goldstein
Joseph S. Vecchio
Written by Charles Leavitt

Anne Bancroft
Music by Maurice Jarre
Cinematography Douglas Milsome
Edited by Joe D'Augustine
Regency Enterprises
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date May 29, 1996 (France) September 27, 1996 (U.S.)
Running time 122 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $31 million
Box office $21,508 (Domestic)

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