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Drowning by Numbers (1988)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  June 1991 (USA)
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Tired of her husband's philanderous ways, the mother of two daughters drowns her husband. With the reluctant help of the local coroner, the murder is obscured. Her daughters are having ... See full summary »

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Jason Edwards ...
Smut
Bryan Pringle ...
Jake
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Hardy
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Bellamy
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Gregory
Paul Mooney ...
Teigan
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Kenny Ireland ...
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Moses Bognor
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Marina Bellamy
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Tired of her husband's philanderous ways, the mother of two daughters drowns her husband. With the reluctant help of the local coroner, the murder is obscured. Her daughters are having similar problems with relationships, and tend to follow their mother's example, and the coroner becomes reluctantly duplicitous. As the plot progresses, visual and spoken numbers appear in the scenes, counting from one to 100. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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The great death game.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for numerous scenes of nudity and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Conspiración de mujeres  »

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The license number plate on Madgett's car is NID-26 B/W, same as the crashed car in the beginning of A Zed & Two Noughts (1985). See more »

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Smut: The object of this game is to dare to fall with a noose around your neck from a place sufficiently high enough off the ground, such that the fall will hang you. The object of the game is to punish those who have caused great unhappiness by their selfish actions. This is the best game of all, because the winner is also the loser, and the judge's decision is always final.
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2nd Movement of Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra K354
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Mozart)
Performed by Alexander Balanescu (violin) and Jonathan Carney (viola)
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Another great one from Greenway.
22 March 2000 | by (Tel Aviv, Israel) – See all my reviews

'Drowning by numbers', like the other Greenway films, is stuffed with symbols, which meaning is sometimes hard to decipher. Without getting into much detail (unjustifiedly so), I'll summarize the film as a film on the uprise of femininity and the emasculinity and helplessness of the male gender. This film shows women to be more sophisticated, albeit cruel, beings; Women are more competent for the GAME- and indeed, this film, turns the gender table all the way around. I've liked this film very much but, no doubt Greenway masterpiece is really 'the pillow book' which i recommend to anyone.


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