Staff rating

Limbo Star_onStar_onStar_onStar_on 2.0 4.0 from 2 reviews
view all

Ambivalent family saga that leaves the viewers deliberately in limbo for good or ill. Alaskan Joe Gastineau (Strathairn) is a former fisherman traumatized by an accident at sea years before. Into his life comes smalltime singer Donna de Angelo (Mastrantonio) and her depressed teen daughter Noelle (Martinez). Joe and Donna start a tentative romance and Joe even goes back to fishing. Then Joe's fast-talking half-brother Bobby (Siemaszko) shows up, precipitating a crisis that leaves Bobby dead and Joe, Donna, and Noelle stranded on a deserted island.

Sony Pictures Home Video, Sony Pictures Plz., 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, Phone: (310)244-7306, Fax: (310)280-2485, URL:, Remarks: Formerly Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment

Available on Running time 126 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Brothers & Sisters, Romantic Drama, Single Parents, Go Fish, Survival, Teen Angst, Alaska, Director/Star Teams: Sayles & Strathairn, Family Drama
John Sayles
David Strathairn, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Vanessa Martinez, Casey Siemaszko, Kris Kristofferson, Kathryn Grody, Rita Taggart, Leo Burmester, Michael Laskin
Haskell Wexler
John Sayles
Mason Daring
Maggie Renzi, Screen Gems, Sony Pictures

Visitor Reviews

Star_onStar_onStar_onStar_on 2.0 4.0

John Sayles directed the film Limbo starring David Strathairn (as Joe Gastineau) and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (as Donna De Angelo). This film came out in 1999, has a total running time of 126 minutes and has a rating of R. This drama received two awards. Joe Gastineau used to be a fisherman until a terrible accident at sea happened. Later on he meets a woman named Donna De Angelo. They start dating and Joe eventually starts fishing again. One day, Joe’s brother Bobby takes Joe, Donna and her daughter out to sea and somehow they become stranded on an island.

Star_onStar_onStar_onStar_on 2.0 4.0
FF Lujan

The ending leaves the viewer in limbo so to speak. Maybe that was the whole intention?