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Nick Nolte: No Exit

The concept of aging bad-boy actor Nick Nolte interviewing himself proves slightly more interesting than the hot-air content of bare-bones docu "Nick Nolte: No Exit," from indie producer-helmer Thomas Thurman.

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With: Nick Nolte, Jacqueline Bisset, Rosanna Arquette, Barbara Hershey, Ben Stiller, Paul Mazursky, Alan Rudolph, Powers Boothe, James Gammon, F.X. Feeney, Mike Medavoy.

The concept of aging bad-boy actor Nick Nolte interviewing himself proves slightly more interesting than the hot-air content of bare-bones docu “Nick Nolte: No Exit,” from indie producer-helmer Thomas Thurman. Shot as two setups — well-groomed faux journalist Nolte posing questions to considerably less tidy-looking thesp Nolte — clunkily interspersed with poorly contextualized talking heads, it lacks the pace, flow and choice film clips that might have socked over the construct. With Nolte’s gravel-voiced ruminations feeling a tad tedious at 74 minutes, pic might find tube sales in a shorter cut.

Prodded by his alter ego, who’s seated by a computer that occasionally displays photos and too few film extracts, Nolte holds forth in a not particularly revealing way on topics including his Midwest boyhood, theater work, arrest record and admiration for Marlon Brando. Touching on Nolte’s wild-man rep, the interview subjects (identified by name only, leaving outsiders at a loss) range from entertaining (director Paul Mazursky, actress Rosanna Arquette) to cryptic (helmer-thesp Ben Stiller), with critic F.X. Feeney providing the most perspective. HD tech package is just serviceable.

Nick Nolte: No Exit

Documentary

Production: An FBN Motion Pictures production, in association with Post Time Prods. (International sales: FBN Motion Pictures, Lexington, Kentucky.) Produced by Thomas Thurman. Executive producer, Wood Simpson. Directed by Thomas Thurman.

Crew: Camera (color, HD), James Oschenbein; editors, James Piston, Darren Platt; music, Frank Schaap, Otto Helmuth; sound, Sean Anderson. Reviewed at Karlovy Vary Film Festival (noncompeting), July 5, 2008. Running time: 74 MIN.

With: With: Nick Nolte, Jacqueline Bisset, Rosanna Arquette, Barbara Hershey, Ben Stiller, Paul Mazursky, Alan Rudolph, Powers Boothe, James Gammon, F.X. Feeney, Mike Medavoy.

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