New Clips of Norton & De Niro in Prison Drama 'Stone'

The Fall 2010 Movie Season is upon us and that means the release of numerous award-hopeful films.  A handful of new clips from one of those pics - the prison drama Stone - have made their way online for viewing.

Acclaimed actors Edward Norton and Robert De Niro play the leads in Stone, which was directed by arthouse filmmaker John Curran - who collaborated previously with Norton on the period piece adaptation The Painted Veil - and scripted by Angus McLachlin (Junebug).  The moody flick is scheduled for a limited release beginning in October.

Read on for the official Stone synopsis:

As parole officer Jack Mabry (De Niro) counts the days toward a quiet retirement, he is asked to review the case of Gerald “Stone” Creeson (Norton), in prison for covering up the murder of his grandparents with a fire.  Now eligible for early release, Stone needs to convince Jack he has reformed, but his attempts to influence the older man’s decision have profound and unexpected effects on them both.

Set against the quiet desperation of an economically ravaged community and the stifling brutality of a maximum security prison, this tale of passion, betrayal and corruption examines the fractured lives of two volatile men breaking from their troubled pasts to face uncertain futures.

Resident Evil star Milla Jovovich plays the role of Gerald's wife, Lucetta, who herself becomes a pawn in her husband's plan to secure his parole.  Golden Globe-winner Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under) rounds out the main cast as Madylyn, Jack's long-suffering significant other.

Check out excerpts from five different scenes in Stone below:

De Niro and Norton generally give solid performances - even when they appear in subpar films - and Stone deals with the sort of subject matter that will attract the attention of Academy members.  The footage released so far indicates that the pic will be relatively understated in terms of tone and visual design, which also bodes well for its awards prospects this fall.

Will Stone be an understated but riveting drama?  Or a dull, pretentious bit of Oscar bait?  Here's hoping the film is more the former than the latter.

Stone begins a limited released in the U.S. on October 8th, 2010.

Source: Overture Films

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