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With: Anthony Edwards, Mare Winningham, John Agar, Lou Hancock, Mykelti Williamson, Kelly Jo Minter, Kurt Fuller, Denise Crosby, Robert DoQui, O-Lan Jones, Claude Earl Jones, Alan Rosenberg, Danny De La Paz, Earl Boen, Diane Delano
Written by: Steve De Jarnatt
Directed by: Steve De Jarnatt
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 87
Date: 05/19/1989

Miracle Mile (1989)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)


By Jeffrey M. Anderson

One of the stranger items to come out of the 1980s, this weird romantic thriller has the threat of nuclear annihilation looming over it; the takeaway is that it's somehow swooningly tragic. If it weren't so stuck in its particular era, it could be like Shakespeare. Anthony Edwards stars as a jazz musician, Harry Washello, who meets and immediately falls for Julie Peters (Mare Winningham). He's a romantic and believes that she's the one he's been searching for. After a successful date, they agree to meet later after she gets off work from a local all-night diner. But thanks to a weird set of circumstances, Harry oversleeps and misses her. He answers a ringing payphone and learns of a just-launched nuclear attack. The denizens at the diner, who happen to include a stylish woman with the right connections (Denise Crosby), decide to evacuate the city, but Harry decides he must find Julie first. Thus begins a frantic, all-night search with car crashes, run-ins with the police and other undesirables, a search for a pilot at a local gym, and a tangle with 1980s fashions. You simply won't believe the ending. Kino Lorber released Miracle Mile on Blu-ray in 2015, as they did director Steve De Jarnatt's previous cult film, Cherry 2000 (1987). It includes tons of extras for fans, including two commentary tracks, deleted scenes, a cast reunion, interviews, an alternate ending, and trailers.

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