4.6/10
196
4 user 3 critic

Ambition (1991)

R | | Drama, Thriller | 31 May 1991 (USA)
Mitchell Osgood dreams of being a famous writer, but the book he has written constantly is rejected by the editors. When the psychopathic killer Albert Merrik is released from prison after ... See full summary »

Director:

Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Ad

Genius (TV Series 2017)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A series which explores how patent clerk Einstein could not get a teaching job or doctorate in his early life, yet managed to go on to solve the secrets of the universe.

Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Johnny Flynn, Nicholas Rowe
Harley (1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Harley is a 'troubled teen' from L.A. who is arrested. A progressive social worker has Harley sent to Texas to live with the Nortons, an open-minded, heartful Christian family, and spend ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Holmes
Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, Eli Cummins, Jan DeWitt
Dakota (1988)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

John Dakota is young bum with a hidden past. He meets a nice family and works on their ranch. He soon becomes a good friend of the disabled son and helps them overcome local problems.

Director: Fred Holmes
Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, DeeDee Norton, Herta Ware
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

An erotic thriller about a promiscuous radio sex therapist who is dragged into blackmail by a young hustler.

Director: Lou Diamond Phillips
Stars: Kate Vernon, Robert Prentiss, Bill Allen
Crime | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Dedicated L.A. police detective and a female psychic are trying to stop a demonic serial killer who was given the powers of resurrection, teleportation and possession.

Director: Robert Resnikoff
Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, Tracy Griffith, Jeff Kober
The Dark Wind (1991)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A Navajo police officer is mixed up in drug smuggling and murder on the reservation.

Director: Errol Morris
Stars: Lance Baker, Betty C. Barlow, Gary Basaraba
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Mitchell Osgood
...
Albert Merrick
...
Julie
...
Jordan
...
Freddie
...
Mrs. Merrick
Katherine Armstrong ...
Roseanne
...
Jack
...
Tatay
...
Prison Guard #1
Randy Hall ...
Male Dancer
...
Female Dancer
...
Merrick's Attorney
Teresa Bowman ...
Media Reporter #1
...
Media Reporter #2
Edit

Storyline

Mitchell Osgood dreams of being a famous writer, but the book he has written constantly is rejected by the editors. When the psychopathic killer Albert Merrik is released from prison after 15 years, Osgood believes that writing down the history of his crimes could be his breakthrough. Although he refuses to talk to him at first, Osgood follows him around and offers him a job in his book shop. To get the right impressions for his book, he feels that he has to experience Merrik psychopathic again... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

To write the perfect thriller, I had to get into the mind of a murderer. Now I can't get out.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

31 May 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ambición sin escrúpulos  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Lou Diamond Phillips wrote the script in 1986, after finishing production on La Bamba (1987). See more »

Connections

References The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Taking Truman Capote A Step Or Two Farther
28 August 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In this rather quirky script and story written by the star of Ambition, Lou Diamond Phillips, Lou is playing aspiring writer Mitchell Osgood who is supporting himself by running a second hand bookshop. He has to have that job because as a writer he's not making it.

Ambition was the first film in which Lou Diamond Phillips plays an Asian American. In his mixed bag of ethnicity, part of Lou's heritage is Filipino and he plays one here. He is also besides failed writer and bookshop manager, closest relative to Haing S. Ngor playing his father and whose health care demands are cutting into his time.

Lou is taking as an inspiration no doubt, Truman Capote and what he did with In Cold Blood, in the way he was able to capture the souls and personalities of a pair of killers. He's got one in mind now who is coming up for parole played by Clancy Brown. Lou goes to some considerable lengths to befriend him and even fires someone at the bookstore just to get him a job.

If you think you've figured out which way Ambition is headed for a conclusion from what I've written you are wrong. The screenplay that Lou Diamond Phillips fashioned here is quite original and will startle you with its conclusion.

What a project like Ambition needed was a director like Alfred Hitchcock. Sad to say it didn't get that. Also it didn't have the biggest of budgets to work with.

Still it's an interesting work and a treat for fans of Lou Diamond Phillips.


7 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?