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With: Pete Postlethwaite, Rachel Griffiths, James Thornton, Lennie James, Andy Serkis, Rob Jarvis, Alan Williams, Emma Cunniffe, Steve Huison, Sharon Bower, David Webber, Alvin Blossom, Sam Wilkinson, Jo Wilkinson
Written by: Simon Beaufoy
Directed by: Sam Miller
MPAA Rating: R for language and sexuality/nudity
Running Time: 94
Date: 06/24/1998

Among Giants (1999)

2 Stars (out of 4)

Towering Romance

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

With a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy (The Full Monty), and supporting actor nominees Pete Postlethwaite (for In the Name of the Father) and Rachel Griffiths (for Hilary and Jackie) in the lead roles, we've got the makings of a terrific romance. Postlethwaite plays a painter who gets hired to paint a series of electrical towers. Griffiths is a rock climber and a drifter (another female drifter!) who proves herself worthy of a job, and finds herself falling for the older man. Unfortunately, first time director Sam Miller drenches the whole thing with excessive helicopter shots, swirling crane shots, and thundering music, ruining the whole experience.

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