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Simple Men (1992)

 -  Crime | Drama | Romance  -  6 November 1992 (UK)
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Bitter about being double-crossed by the women he loved, (and with the police after him to boot), Bill vows to seduce the next woman he sees, then throw her away. His brother Dennis, ... See full summary »

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Bill McCabe (as Robert Burke)
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Dennis McCabe
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Kate
Elina Löwensohn ...
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Ned Rifle
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Bitter about being double-crossed by the women he loved, (and with the police after him to boot), Bill vows to seduce the next woman he sees, then throw her away. His brother Dennis, meanwhile, is equally determined to track down their long lost father, a revolutionary who has been in hiding for 20 years. For different reasons, both leave New York and head for Long Island, out of money, and short on ideas. D:"Long Island is a a terminal moraine." B:"What's that?" D:"It's the material left behind when a glacier recedes." D:"Gee, then what the hell are we waiting for?" Written by Stuart Criley <scriley@welchlink.welch.jhu.edu>

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There's no such thing as adventure and romance, only trouble and desire.

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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6 November 1992 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Begär, besvär och enkla män  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$141,554 (USA)
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Trivia

"There's no such thing as adventure. There's no such thing as romance. There's only trouble and desire." It's probably the best-known phrase of this movie, but actually it's a quote from 'Lang, Fritz''s movie _Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler (1922)_. See more »

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Elina: [after Dennis kisses her] You shouldn't do that.
Dennis McCabe: Why not?
Elina: Because I'm your father's girlfriend?
Dennis McCabe: My father's a womanizer. He's a married man and he stood you up.
Elina: You have no respect for your father.
Dennis McCabe: I don't know him. But I respect his taste in women.
Elina: So then go make love to your mother.
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Always Something
Performed by Yo La Tengo
Written by Georgia Hubley & Ira Kaplan
Published by Roshashauna Music, BMI
Yo La Tengo appears courtesy of Alias Records, Inc.
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Small-time masterpiece
27 October 2000 | by (Berkeley, CA) – See all my reviews

Like Mr. Hartley's other movies, this film manages to balance humor, romance, drama, emotion, and action. It has a vaguely surreal air to it, wherein the events are plausible, but could only happen on those strange, unsettled days of the year when the sky can't decide whether to rain or not. There is also a bit of camp mixed in.

Also like his other films, Simple Men is quite idealistic, yet without being sappy or 'feel-good' in a cheap or simplistic way. This is a subtle movie, and I found I had to watch it a second and third time before I truly appreciated it. It's hard to compare it to anything else except Hartley's other movies, especially the excellent Henry Fool. I recommend it highly.


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