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Julie
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Adele
Michael Rudder ...
Freelong
Cordelia Strube ...
Dolman
Durango Coy ...
Borden
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Gilchrist
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Sandy
Kenneth McGregor ...
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Cheryl Wilson ...
Janine
Robert Ramsay Collins ...
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Lawrence King-Phillips ...
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Harvey Keitel plays Penfield Gruber, a once great scientist, reduced to managing a sleazy hotel. Gruber monitors the daily comings and goings of his tenants, mainly for his own interest, until underworld figures ask him to spy on a suspected double-crosser. While watching the man, Gruber overhears a murder plot. Written by Brennan Storr

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First, he was paid to watch her. Now, he'd pay any price to have her.

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Mildly entertaining, but bizarre ending
9 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I came to this site to gain some clarity regarding the ending, which was not only abrupt, but confusing. Thus far, no satisfaction in that regard. The movie wasn't bad at all. The lead loudmouth gangster was a bit unbelievable... over the top, and seemingly miscast for the part. Keitel is a fascinating actor, although there were long stretches where his character said little or nothing at all. Lori Hallier and a young 25 year old "Lolita David" (as she was billed in this movie) were easy on the eyes. I found it odd that his motel guests didn't come to the front desk to pay their rent... he would knock on their doors and collect. And, apparently, they didn't have to pay in advance. They could even be a few weeks behind, and he wouldn't boot them out. Strange. Dark, moody, slow-paced. If I could have made some sense out of the plot twists near the end, I might have given this 7 stars.


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