A Flash of Green

Director: Victor Nunez
Screenwriters: Victor Nunez

Institute History

  • 1985 Sundance Film Festival


Based on a novel by John McDonald, A Flash Of Green is a rich and textured tale of political intrigue and personal compromise. Ed Harris plays a small town Florida newspaper reporter who is drawn into the scheming plans of the local political kingpin, played menacingly by Richard Jordan. The politico wants to develop a large section of the bay into something of a floating suburb but a group of environmentalists stands in his way. Ed Harris seems to drift between the two groups, with each seeing him as a friend and ally. He begins to do some snooping for the developers on the environmentalists, under the guise that if he doesn’t do what is asked of him, the developers can get nasty. As tensions mount and both sides lay their plans, Ed Harris’ character begins to have second thoughts about his role in the scheme. He threatens to expose the political maneuvers through the newspaper but his story is squelched by the editor. With the aid of a friend at the newspaper he decides to finally make his stand against the greedy speculators.

This is a complex, intelligent and carefully crafted film. It is the second feature film from Victor Nunez, whose first film, Gal Young Un, was the Grand Prize winner at the 1981 United States Film Festival.

Screening Details

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