Film News: Chicago’s Music Box Theatre Pays Off Roger Ebert Bet, Will Screen ‘Red Rock West’

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CHICAGO – In Feb. 2012, the Music Box Theatre (on Chicago’s north side) offered a challenge to Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert. If he could beat them in predicting the 86th Annual Oscars – as part of his “Outguess Ebert” contest – then the theatre would screen any film chosen by the Pulitzer Prize-winning legend. Roger Ebert presents “Red Rock West” at the Music Box Theatre on May 1, 2012.

“Red Rock West” is a noir thriller from 1994 starring Nicolas Cage, J.T. Walsh, Laura Flynn Boyle and Dennis Hopper, and directed by John Dahl. Cage portrays Michael Williams, a drifter who is mistaken for a hit man hired to kill the wife (Boyle) of a local bar owner (Walsh). Williams takes the upfront money, and attempts to warn the potential victim of the set-up. Things get a bit complicated when the real hit man, “Lyle from Dallas” (Hopper) finally gets to town. Roger Ebert said in his review, it’s “a diabolical movie that exists sneakily between a western and a thriller, between a film noir and a black comedy.”

Nicolas Cage and Laura Flynn Boyle of 'Red Rock West'
Nicolas Cage and Laura Flynn Boyle of ‘Red Rock West’
Photo credit: Red Rock Films

Tickets for the event are only $3, and the screen will take place at 7:40pm on May 1st.

The Music Box Theatre is located at 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. For more information regarding the screening click here. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

Senior Staff Writer

© 2012 Patrick McDonald,

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