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Simple Men (1992)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill McCabe (as Robert Burke)
Dennis McCabe
Elina Löwensohn ...
Mark Chandler Bailey ...
Mike (as Mark Bailey)
Chris Cooke ...
Jeffrey Howard ...
Ned Rifle
Marietta Marich ...
Mom (Meg)
John MacKay ...
Richard Reyes ...
Security Guard


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 <>

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


Crime | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

6 November 1992 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Begär, besvär och enkla män  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)


$141,554 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


"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 »


Ned: Listen, Dennis. Let me tell you something about the law. The law is just a contract. A contract between the rich people who own everything, and the poor people who want to take it away. And the contract says, if you break the law and get away with it fine. But if you break the rules and get caught you got to play by the rules and pay the price. It's no big moral thing, you don't need ideology to knock off a liquor store.
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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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