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The Kiefer Sutherland Bio

The Kiefer Sutherland Review –

by Nate Lee

Best Films:

Stand by Me / Flatliners

The classic "Stand By Me" stands up to anyone's work, though Kiefer was part of an ensemble. "Flatliners" and, to no lesser degree, "Dark City" are fine films with the more mature Kiefer contributing to the former's success and the latter's cult status.

Great Performances You May Not Have Seen:
Flatliners (a med student)
The Cowboy Way (a rodeo cowboy, with Woody Harrelson)
Dark City (a strange scientist)
Phone Booth (The "voice")
The Sentinel (Secret Service agent opposite Michael Douglas)
Flashback (FBI agent opposite hippie Dennis Hopper)
Bad Boy Kiefer:
Stand By Me (bully and gang leader)
The Lost Boys (young vampire)
Young Guns (poet outlaw and member of Billy the Kid's gang)
Bright Lights, Big City
A Few Good Men (a soldier)
The Three Musketeers (Athos)
The Real Kiefer Sutherland:
Young Guns

The poet outlaw who got away. Most of the Brat Pack are casualties, killed by lifestyles, lack of talent and/or bad career choices. Though Kiefer is still sideways to the law with his persistent DUIs, he has transformed himself with luck, persistence and talent.
Acting Style:
Kiefer went from one of the best bad boys of the '80s to almost disappearing to struggling back through too many supporting roles to what is clearly his destiny – the television megahit "24." He's played a few good cops in the movies, but he's found a good home with the highly touted television series. Interestingly, there is not a trace of "bad boy" in his performances now. Like a bad habit, he's sworn off the old way for the cherub.
Bits and Quirks:
The innocent wide-eyed stare. The whispery voice that works mostly for kindness but can underscore anger nicely. The grin. The sullen stare. The squinty smile. The wispy cowlick which he loves to toss back by either hand or a flick of the head.
Great Scenes:
Phone Booth

> The surprise ending


> Being killed and brought back
> The nightmares

The Sentinel

> Talking with the First Lady
> Shooting to miss Michael Douglas

Dark City

> Explaining Dark City during the trip in the rowboat
> The collective dream sequence

The Cowboy Way

> Bronco riding in the rodeo
> Driving from New Mexico to New York City
> Bar fight
> Eating at the Waldorf
> Torturing the henchman with a calf
> Roping the bad guy on the subway platform

Stand by Me

> Looking at the dead body

Young Guns

> Peyote scene, composing poetry
> Fighting Brian Keith with the rest of the gang
> The showdown

The Three Musketeers

> Stealing the Cardinal's wagon