Through “Carrie”, “The Shining”, “It” and “Stuffed Animal Graveyard” the American author Stephen King has earned the title of the Master Of Horror developed, which was immediately transferred to the film world. When another King work is adapted, one assumes that the viewer will descend into the realm of the supernatural and unfathomable. But that is not necessarily the case. Even as an author, Stephen King has always brought a lot of variety to his work and – in addition to the dominant horror readings – also let off steam in the western, action and thriller genres. An example of this is the short story “Dolan’s Cadillac” from 1993, the film adaptation of which will be broadcast on Tele 5 today, September 7 at 10 p.m.
It’s not about snarling monsters, paranormal phenomena and demonic entities, but the western revenge thriller doesn’t skimp on violence and blood. Since “Dolan’s Cadillac” received a rating of 18 from the FSK, today’s TV broadcast has been cut by more than 2 minutes. Only after 11 p.m. would it have been possible to show the film on free TV without censorship. So if you want to see the heated ripper in all its glory, you can, for example, switch to online retailers such as Amazon, where the film is available as a paid rental and purchase version on Amazon Prime Video:
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Robinson (Wes Bentley) is a harmless, law-abiding teacher whose life changes when his wife Elizabeth (Emmanuelle Vaugier) accidentally witnesses a murder. The killer is the notorious Jimmy Dolan (Christian Slater), probably the most ruthless underworld boss in all of Las Vegas. Elizabeth is willing to testify, but anyone who stands in Dolan’s way faces deadly consequences – and Elizabeth is no exception.
Devastated after her death, Robinson attempts to use legal means to hold Dolan accountable. However, that doesn’t work. Robinson then transforms into a revenge-obsessed machine that forces himself to transcend his own physical and psychological limits. When the two men finally meet in the middle of the desert, they face each other in a grueling duel…
What is interesting about “Dolan’s Cadillac” is not only the fact that Stephen King penned the template, but also the cast. In addition to Wes Bentley (“Interstellar’, ‘Mission: Impossible: Fallout’) has secured the services of a true 1990s star: Christian Slater for the role of the relentless villain. He was once involved in cult films such as “True Romance”, “Interview with the Vampire”, “Robin Hood – King of Thieves” and “Operation: Broken Arrow” and became world famous as a result. After his career faltered, the actor would star in 2015 with the acclaimed series Mr. Robot” celebrate its comeback.
However, “Dolan’s Cadillac” by Jeff Beesley was not produced for the cinema, but for the home cinema market. That’s important to know in advance so that you don’t approach the film with the expectation that you’re dealing with a cracker from the A-league. Instead, the viewers are offered a rather average genre prank, which causes a stir due to its hardness (the trailer already shows that), but does not cause much enthusiasm in terms of content. At the IMDb, the largest Internet film database, “Dolan’s Cadillac” has an average user rating of 5.6 out of a possible 10 points. So that should just about be enough to end the evening reasonably satisfactorily after a long day.
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