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Drowning by Numbers (1988)

R | | Comedy, Drama | June 1991 (USA)
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
John Rogan ...
Gregory
Paul Mooney ...
Teigan
Jane Gurnett ...
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Kenny Ireland ...
Jonah Bognor
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Moses Bognor
Joanna Dickens ...
Mrs. Hardy
Janine Duvitski ...
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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June 1991 (USA)  »

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Conspiración de mujeres  »

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$424,773 (USA)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The words 'kiss me hard' appear on a sheet of paper in a typewriter. This is a reference to Admiral Lord Nelson's death at sea, when his last words were 'Kiss me, Hardy'. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Peter Greenaway in Indianapolis (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Playful, quirky, and weird
10 April 2003 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

Such an obviously non-American film. I believe this was the first time I had seen Joan Plowright, and she was so good. Having seen more of her work since, I know this is no fluke. Everyone else was also good here, especially Joely Richardson and Bernard Hill. I won't go into any detail, but the movie is weird, weird, weird, and has a dark subject matter without being a dark film. Highly recommended for those looking for something different. Grade: A


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