Max Baron (James Spader) is a 27-year-old high flying advertising executive still recovering from the death of his wife. One night he is in a bar when he meets Nora Baker (Susan Sarandon) a... See full summary »
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A young candidate for the senate is filmed with a hooker as blackmail. As he investigates, he discovers some family secrets involving his father and their political careers. Written by
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Mark Frost first started writing the screenplay in 1987. See more »
When Clifford comes into the study to find Cray after he has won the election, he dismisses Nathan LaFleur - played by Michael Warren - by saying 'That will be all, Mike. You can leave us now.' See more »
[after carrying Lee onto the couch and picking up the phone]
I need an ambulance.
[Cray hangs up]
My father made a tape of us.
The fuck you talking about? Your father made a tape of us?
[Reaches for Cray]
What, what do you want from me?
I have to leave the city.
You want some cash?
[Throws cash at her]
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In the Big Easy, a young man from a prominent family runs for national office in "Storyville." Just from that sentence, you can probably figure out the rest. Family secrets, corruption, and sex. Spader is Cray Fowler, whose father committed suicide, or perhaps it was accidental, years past. His uncle Clifford (Jason Robards) is a surrogate father to him. Cray needs the black vote, but Michael Warren (Nathan LeFleur) who can deliver it has heard some things about how the Fowlers made their money that he doesn't like.
Cray wants to find out more about how his father died and also investigate the gas and mineral leases that made the family so wealthy.
What he finds out is devastating.
I'd call this a typical turgid tale of the south, with good acting by the young Spader, Jason Robards, Piper Laurie, and Joanna Whalley. Very interesting to see "Scandal" actor Jeff Perry nearly unrecognizable 23 years ago.
The acting enlivens a derivative story that's okay, even if it's not something by William Faulkner.
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