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Tough Guys Don't Dance (1987)

Writer, ex-con and 40-something bottle-baby Tim Madden, who is prone to black-outs, awakens from a two-week bender to discover a pool of blood in his car, a blond woman's severed head in ... See full summary »

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Tim Madden
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Madeleine Regency
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Patty Lareine (as Debra Sandlund)
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Capt. Alvin Luther Regency
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Wardley Meeks III
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Dougy Madden
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Big Stoop
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Jessica Pond
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Lonnie Pangborn
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Spider
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Stoodie
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Bolo
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Beth
Ira Lewis ...
Merwyn Finney
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Writer, ex-con and 40-something bottle-baby Tim Madden, who is prone to black-outs, awakens from a two-week bender to discover a pool of blood in his car, a blond woman's severed head in his marijuana stash, and the new Provincetown police chief, Captain Luther Regency, shacked up with his former girlfriend Madeleine. As his father Dougy helps him try to unravel the mystery, he is dogged by the psychotic Capt. Regency, who has it in for Tim as a car-crash that he was involved in with Madeline has left her unable to have children. Flashing-back to the past, Tim remembers the time when he encouraged Madeline to swing with a Li'l Abnerish couple from down South, the fundamentalist preacher Big Stoop and his Daisy Mae-ish wife, Patty Lareine, whose ad Tim had come across in 'Screw' magazine. It's on the trip back that the car crash occurs, since Madeline is incensed that Tim has so enjoyed Patty Lareine's charms. Except for his father Dougy, who is dying of cancer, Tim suspects everyone, ... Written by Jon C. Hopwood

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18 September 1987 (USA)  »

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A Marca do Passado  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$858,250 (USA)
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The film was made and released about three years after its source novel of the same name by Norman Mailer had been first published in 1984. See more »

Quotes

Wardley Meeks III: Madden, take it in the mouth or you'll die. Will you take my pride and joy into your mouth?
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Featured in The Daily Show: Ben Lowy (2011) See more »

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You'll Come Back (You Always Do)
Music by Angelo Badalamenti
Lyrics by Norman Mailer and Angelo Badalamenti
Sung by Mel Tillis
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This film must not be taken seriously.
30 July 1999 | by (texas) – See all my reviews

If you view it in the right frame of mind , it is one of the most perversely funny films ever made. Completely over the top. It's hard to see how anyone ever could try to view it as a serious example of film noir. In reality it is an acid-washed satire of the genre. And Lawrence Tierney rocks in anything he does.


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