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Stormy Monday (1988)

R | | Crime, Drama, Music | May 1988 (USA)
A crooked American businessman tries to push the shady influential owner of a nightclub in Newcastle, England to sell him the club. The club's new employee and the American's ex lover fall in love and inadvertently stir the pot.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Long ...
Brian Lewis ...
Ying Tong John ...
1st Heavy
Mick Hamer ...
Ian Hinchcliffe ...
Andrzej Borkowski ...
Caroline Hutchison ...
Les Wilde ...
Desmond Gill ...
Benny Graham ...


Brendan takes a job as janitor for Finney, who runs a jazz nightclub in the Northern English city of Newcastle. But Finney is being pressured to sell his club, and Brendan soon provides non-janitorial services to Finney. Soon his rival's American boss Cosmo comes to town, while Brendan begins to fall in love with Kate, an escort working for Cosmo. Written by Reid Gagle

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The Most Dangerous Choices Are Made With The Heart


Crime | Drama | Music | Romance


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Release Date:

May 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Burni ponedeljak  »

Box Office


$1,791,328 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Christopher Walken turned down the role of Cosmo. See more »


Bob: Nobody said anything about guns! They've got guns, and I think we need guns!
Cosmo: [sarcastically] That's smart thinkin', Bob. That's real smart thinkin'. All the damn money I spread around here, and you want to go play Al Capone with some fuckin' meatball! You fuckin' juvenile!
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I've Been Loving You Too Long
Performed by Otis Redding
Words and Music by Otis Redding and Jerry Butler
Used by permission of Greenwich Music Limited
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A movie in the best film noir tradition...
24 January 2002 | by (Boulder, Colorado, USA) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie. I'm a big fan of film, but more than that, I'm a fan of actors. Strong acting, as far as I'm concerned, can redeem even the worst of movies (under the right circumstances) - and it's wonderful when the film itself is already good.

Such is the case with Stormy Monday, the directorial debut of Mike Figgis (who would later have great success with Leaving Las Vegas). The casting seems somewhat unusual, but in the end is quite effective. I have never been a big fan of either Melanie Griffith or Sting, and by contrast, have always enjoyed Tommy Lee Jones and Sean Bean, so I was unsure of what to expect. But all four impressed me greatly with their performances. This is a film which requires the use of one's senses - we see the hopeful expressions on Griffith's and Bean's faces when they meet for the first time; we hear the frustration in the voice of Jones' crooked businessman when he can't seem to get his way, and the resolve in the voice of Sting's jazz club owner when he refuses to give in to Jones.

The cinematography (by the excellent Roger Deakins) is classic film noir, and when combined with the wonderful jazz soundtrack, creates a moody atmosphere not often seen in 80's cinema. Overall, this is a success - dark, atmospheric, and absorbing, an actor's showcase and a film enthusiast's smorgasbord. There should be more like this one!

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