Nick is desperate, holed up in a cheap hotel, suffering from an ulcer and convinced that a local mobster wants him killed. He calls Mikey, his friend since childhood, but when Mikey arrives... See full summary »

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Mikey
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Nicky Godalin
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Kinney
Rose Arrick ...
Annie
Carol Grace ...
Nellie
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Sid Fine
Sanford Meisner ...
Dave Resnick
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Jan
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Bus Driver
Sy Travers ...
Hotel Clerk
Peter R. Scoppa ...
Counter Man
Virginia Smith ...
Jan's Mother
Jean Shevlin ...
Lady on Bus
Danny Klein ...
Harry
Martin Wolfson ...
Candy Store Man
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Nick is desperate, holed up in a cheap hotel, suffering from an ulcer and convinced that a local mobster wants him killed. He calls Mikey, his friend since childhood, but when Mikey arrives, Nick won't let him in: his moods swing. So begins a long night as Mike tries to take care of Nick, calm him down and get him out of town. Their sojourn - on foot and in a city bus - takes them to a bar, a club, toward a movie theater, to the cemetery where Nick's mom is buried, and to Nick's girlfriend's apartment. Tempers fray and the friendship is tested. Meanwhile, a hit man who's getting information from someone is indeed looking for Nick. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Shot in 1973, not released until 1976. See more »

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When Nicky is undressing to make out with Nellie at her apartment, he sheds his jacket, pulls his necktie off and drapes it over a chair. He sits and unbuttons his shirt. A moment later, his tie is back on. As he and Nellie smooch, the tie disappears and reappears again. See more »

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Nicky: It's very hard to talk to a dead person. I have nothing in common.
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Open the Door Richard
by Dusty Fletcher (as D. Fletcher), John J. Mason (as J. Mason), Jack McVea (as J. McVea) and Dan Howell [pseudonym of David Kapp] (as D. Howell)
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A nice tight character driven study.
5 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A great film! Though I have yet to see any of Elaine May's other films, I find that this one quickly puts her on an eccentric list of directors. Anyone who's a Casavettes (or Falk) fan must see. A nice tight character driven study. Oddly enough; might be grouped with Wings Of Desire (Wenders) and Requiem For A Dream (Aronofsky); though without the mystical elements. In fact, anyone who appreciates Aronofsky (PI, Requiem, etc.) might find this rather satisfying. Understood there were continuity glitches, but found these to be rather endearing; though I'm unsure whether May intended these to be illustrative of certain a character mindset or not. If this were the case I could also see a certain brief parallel to Momento (Nolan), which also brings in Insomnia. If any of these references ring a pleasant bell, find this film; it's worth it.


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