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Trouble in Mind (1985)

R | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | March 1986 (USA)
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The lives of an ex-con, a coffee-shop owner, and a young couple looking to make it rich intersect in the fictional and hypnotic Rain City.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Kirby ...
Lieutenant Gunther
Nate Nathanson
Fat Adolph
Mardy Stoog
Antonia Dauphin ...
Sonja Nathanson
Billy Silva ...
Caitlin Ferguson ...


In the metropolis of Rain City which is run under a military state, Wanda's Café is the meeting point for several individuals, who, in the words of Lt. Gunther of the police department, are converging on "the shit (they're) wallowing in". Former Rain City police officer John Hawkins - Hawk to his friends - has just been released from prison where he served eight years for murder, a crime to which he readily admits. He killed Fat Adolph, a mobster, in an effort to clean up the streets and protect the ones he loved. He has returned to Wanda's - Wanda who was his former lover - to restart his life. Straightforward Wanda still loves Hawk, but is not in love with him, and as such offers him a place to stay with no strings. Wanda has just hired largely innocent Georgia to work in the café. Penniless Georgia and her husband Coop have just arrived in Rain City with their infant son Spike in the run-down camper in which they live. They believed moving to the city - their first time ever in ... Written by Huggo

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Also Known As:

A Cidade do Vício  »

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Did You Know?


One of two cinema movie collaborations of writer-director Alan Rudolph and actor-singer Kris Kristofferson. The first was Songwriter (1984) and the second was the following year's Trouble in Mind (1985). Rudolph was a director on the first film and a writer-director on the second whilst Kristofferson acted in both and sang as well in the first movie. See more »


Wanda: You know the main reason I opened up an early morning joint. Because you can't pick a better time of day to watch the sun rise.
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Written and Performed by Louis Jordan
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Alan Rudolph's best film holds up admirably.
19 October 2001 | by (Hattiesburg, Mississippi) – See all my reviews

"Trouble in Mind" is one of those movies that only reveals its greatness about the third time you see it; a wealth of details which, on first viewing, strike the perceptive viewer as scatterbrained or irrelevant, unfold on closer inspection into a rich, lushly imagined fantasy world, and dialogue which at first sounds precious or forced becomes endlessly quotable. It's hard to be an Alan Rudolph "fan," as his work is decidedly uneven; but on this picture, which followed the critical and commercial success of "Choose Me," he is at the peak of his powers. And, if none of this convinces you, you should check this one out for the performances, not least among which is Divine's startling turn as coldblooded (male) gangster Hilly Blue (worthy of awards, in a better world than this).

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