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Storyville (1992)

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While investigating his own blackmailing, a young politician uncovers his family's deep secrets.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cray Fowler
Natalie Tate (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)
Clifford Fowler
Lee Tran
Nathan LeFleur
Constance Fowler
Michael Trevallian
Pudge Herman
Abe Choate
Chino 'Fats' Williams ...
Theotis Washington
Charlie Sumpter
Peter Dandridge
Galyn Görg ...
Melanie Fowler (as Justine Arlin)
Xang Tran


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 Ed Sutton <>

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A candidate's private moment can all too quickly become public record. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sensuality and a scene of violence | See all certifications »




Release Date:

30 September 1992 (France)  »

Also Known As:

El peso de la corrupción  »

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Box Office


$422,503 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Mark Frost first started writing the screenplay in 1987. See more »


When Natalie Tate pays a visit to Cray at his home, she shows him key that she used to let herself in through the security door, presumably from when she lived with Cray. The key she shows him is clearly a square shaped key but when she places the same key down at the bar, it is definitely a different key. See more »


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Clifford Fowler: Did I? Damn. Can sure turn a phrase, can't he?
Cray: I thought about that for a long time.
Clifford Fowler: I'll drink to that.
Cray: I wanna speak openly and directly to you and I trust you'll do the same.
Clifford Fowler: Son, I hope we can always.
Cray: I want the tape. That tape was made for you, and I want you to give it to me.
Clifford Fowler: [pause] You don't understand...
Cray: DON'T BULLSHIT ME! You hired a ...
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Great atmosphere and inspired actors live well in the Big Easy!
24 April 1999 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

It is fascinating to establish that one is totally lost at the outset of this movie as to what year we are in. Is it 1960 or 1990? One theme in this film is that the past is very much alive and not forgotten in New Orleans. Traditions and ghosts from the past live and haunt us. James Spader provides solid work. In fact this is so far his best performance showing his vulnerable side. The film manages to convey the enigma and secrets of Crescent City. It gives inside information about the sometimes sordid business of politics in Louisiana. Jason Robard is great here. For those who wants to get to know the special way of life in the deep south, this film is a must! Every time I get "home sick" I tend to cling to this film. I have seen it 11 times already. It is sadly underrated. This is not "Star Wars" but for those with a genuine interest in New Orleans, jazz and "mood films" this is a must! This is at least true for the undersigned who is a movie buff with a law degree from Tulane Law School.

Enjoy also the soundtrack with Louis Armstrong and New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra!

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