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Slam Dance (1987)

R  |   |  Mystery, Thriller  |  2 October 1987 (USA)
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An artist, framed for the murder of a woman, is drawn into a web of corruption, blackmail and deceit.



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An erotic thriller. It's _not_ about dancing. See more »


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Release Date:

2 October 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Slamdance  »

Box Office


$406,881 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Lisa Niemi (playing Miss Schell) had to do the scene in which Drood crashes in on her dead body twice, once naked for the movie and once wearing underwear for the trailer, so that the trailer could be rated for all audiences. See more »


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For Sentimental Reasons
Performed by Eddy Howard
Lyrics by Deek Watson
Music by Willie Best (as William Best)
Courtesy of Polygram Special Projects, a division of Polygram Records, Inc.
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Another dud from the pen of Don Opper!
17 March 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'Slamdance' is a frustrating exercise! A good director (Wayne Wang - 'Smoke') and an interesting cast, led by Tom Hulce ('Amadeus'), are dragged down by a rambling and dull script from actor/writer Don Opper (previously responsible for the inexplicable cult movie 'Android'). All your standard noir elements are here - a sexy blonde with a double life, a hero in way over his head, a murder frame, corruption in the police force and even higher, but Opper manages to make it all so boring you can't wait for it to end!

I mentioned the interesting cast, and that is the only reason for sitting through this. It includes legendary character actor Harry Dean Stanton ('Repo Man'), punk rockers turned actors Adam Ant and John Doe ('Boogie Nights'), Robert Beltran ('Eating Raoul') and the too little seen Millie Perkins ('The Shooting'). Virginia Madsen ('The Hot Spot') also appears in flash back only.

'Slamdance'? I'll sit this one out, thank you.

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