He Was A Quiet Man
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A man at the end of his emotional rope finally explodes, but not in a way anyone would have expected in this offbeat independent drama. Bob Maconel (Christian Slater) is a middle-aged nebbish working in an office building where few people know who he is and fewer still care. Bob has developed a seething hatred and resentment of those around him, and has taken to carrying a gun to work in the hope that one day he'll have the courage to take down some of his co-workers. However, one day another man working in the office snaps and opens fire; Bob grabs his weapon and kills the shooter, but… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

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"With the right audience He Was a Quiet Man might well play as black comedy. But Slater, disappearing into his role, brings a note of earnest desperation to his performance that's hard to laugh at, and hard to look away from."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"He's [Christian Slater] still a capable actor, but seems to be having as much trouble finding good scripts as his Heathers co-star Winona Ryder."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Occasionally works as a black comedy, but there's nothing real or true in it"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"An absorbing and well-made indie drama."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"At the end you are just left admiring one of Slater's best ever performances."
‑ , Sun Online
"Slater does well to soften the lines of his no-hoper caricature, but writer-director Cappello steers his film to nowhere particularly memorable."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"Cappello's brilliant script and expert storytelling would merely be interesting if anyone other than Christian Slater had been cast as Bob Maconel."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"The nightmare is enhanced by Slater's gonzo performance. It's great to see the once mighty king of cool challenged in Quiet Man with a complex role that Slater bites down hard on."
‑ Brian Orndorf, DVDTalk.com
"It's dark and too relentless for the comedy it would like to be."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Christian Slater's dedicated performance aside, He Was A Quiet Man tries to be both a black comedy and a drama, each ultimately undermining the other."
‑ Tristan Burke, Film4
"Imagine Marty if Marty had turned out to be the Unabomber and you'll have the gist of writer-director Frank Cappello's oddly compelling, pitch-black comedy."
‑ Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly
"He Was a Quiet Man devolves near the end, but it has enough memorable moments (a comic-turned-horrible karaoke sequence is a highlight) to merit a cautious recommendation."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Slater really sells Bob's tormented inner soul in a very appealing way; he feels like a real person inside his insane world."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A real oddity of a film: a satire of corporate office despair."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"Although the budget is low and the plot uneven, it's got a certain cultish charm that should appeal to disaffected office workers."
‑ , Daily Mirror [UK]
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