Some of the hottest actors in Young Hollywood – Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga), Chris Evans (Fantastic Four) and Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) – alongside an all-star veteran cast shine on DVD this September in Fierce People. The unflinching drama starring Diane Lane (Nights in Rodanthe), Donald Sutherland (TV’s “Dirty Sexy Money”) and Elizabeth Perkins (Showtime’s “Weeds”) exposes the trappings of wealth and privilege and the overwhelming power to both seduce and corrupt. Directed by Academy Award nominee Griffin Dunne (Duke of Groove, Short Film, 1995) and screenplay by Dirk Wittenborn, adapted from his book of the same name, the film received accolades from critics including The Film Journal International (“Sutherland gives his strongest performance in years”) and Boston Now (“Fierce People features some of the finest performances of this, or any other, year”). The DVD includes deleted scenes, audio commentary with the director and a “behind-the-scenes” featurette encased in updated packaging and will be available on September 7, 2010 for the suggested retail price of $14.98.
A coming-of-age story about the perils of privilege, Fierce People examines the deceit and betrayal that erupts when a working-class mother and her son move to a wealthy “country club” suburb where social climbing is a blood sport. Trapped in his mother’s Lower East Side apartment, sixteen-year-old Finn (Yelchin) wants nothing more than to escape New York and spend the summer in South America studying the Iskanani Indians, or “Fierce People,” with the anthropologist father he’s never met. However, Finn’s dreams are shattered when he is arrested in a desperate effort to help his drug-dependent mother, Liz (Lane), who scrapes by working as a masseuse. Determined to get their lives back on track, Liz moves the two of them into a guesthouse on the vast country estate of her ex-client, the aging aristocratic billionaire, Ogden C. Osborne (Sutherland). In Osborne’s close world of privilege and power, Finn and Liz encounter a tribe fiercer and more mysterious than anything they might find in the South American jungle: the super rich.
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
“Breaking Down the Tribe” featurette
Audio commentary by director Griffin Dunne
SCREENPLAY BY / BASED ON THE BOOK BY
Diane Lane, Anton Yelchin , Donald Sutherland , Kristen Stewart , Elizabeth Perkins, Paz De La Huerta and Chris Evans.
Year of Production: 2005
Title Copyright: © 2005 Fierce People Productions, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release Repackage
Rating: R for language, drug use, sexuality/nudity and some violence
Closed Captioned: English
Subtitles: English and Spanish
Format: Widescreen (1.78:1)
Feature Running Time: 112 minutes
DVD Audio Status: 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Digital