It's Christmas time in the twin cities. Billy's working a lot of overtime, running barges on the Mississippi. He calls his friend Eddie, whom he hasn't seen in six months, and asks a favor:... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Eddie Jenks
Patti Rocks
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Estlie ...
Old Drunk
Joy Langer ...
Steambeast's daughter
Mae Mayhew ...
Old Lady
Chicano mechanic
Buffy Sedlachek ...
Ken Tronnes ...
Drunk couple in bar
Sally Tronnes ...
Drunk couple in bar
David Turk ...
Barge Worker
Stephen Yoakam ...


It's Christmas time in the twin cities. Billy's working a lot of overtime, running barges on the Mississippi. He calls his friend Eddie, whom he hasn't seen in six months, and asks a favor: to drive with him to see his pregnant girlfriend, Patti, because Billy hasn't told her he's married and already has two children. The road trip of guy talk becomes a night of truths exchanged between men and women. Written by <>

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Just when you thought sex was no laughing matter. See more »


Comedy | Drama


R | See all certifications »




Release Date:

19 April 1989 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Patti Rocks - Sex macht Spaß  »

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$345,000 (USA)

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In one scene, Chris Mulkey shows a photo of his two children and mentions that their names are Amelia and Elizabeth. In real life, Mulkey has two daughters with the same names. See more »


When Patti turns her hand mirror around a crew member with a mustache is briefly reflected in it. See more »

Crazy Credits

After the final credits Patti is shown sitting in bed looking at the Polaroid photo she took of Billy and Eddie. See more »


Follows Loose Ends (1976) See more »


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4 September 2001 | by (Bishop Hill, IL) – See all my reviews

We whine about extravagant cute foppishness by the brothers Coen, but bury straight sweet refreshing slaps in our supersilly faces like this $350,000 wonder, also generated in/from the northmidwest? Why? Superficially woman-unfriendly, but at least two females have watched it all the way through & rated it for imdb, granting an average of 8. I would go a little higher than that, but wonder how much how we REALLY seem/act/are interests us. Viewer inexperience in working class taverns may limit appreciation/recognition. A gem.

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