Storyville (1992)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  30 September 1992 (France)
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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)
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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 Ed Sutton <>

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

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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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$422,503 (USA)

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James Spader investigates his father's death
20 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The setting is New Orleans. James Spader is from a political family and he's running for national office. His father died either by accident or suicide some time ago. His uncle (Jason Robards) is his mentor and a political honcho now. Young Spader needs the black vote and Michael Warren can deliver it, but he has deep suspicions of Spader's political family and the deals that have made them rich. This sets Spader on a detective-style quest to find out more about his father's death and certain profitable mineral and gas leases.

Spader's character is rash, impulsive, sure of himself, on the spoiled side, but seeking some sort of integrity. He walks into situations in quite a trusting and/or rash way, because running for office isn't really his burning desire at the time. He's way behind his opponent.

As often happens in neo-noirs set in New Orleans, there is ample corruption, covering up, and family skeletons. There is "trash", but enjoyable trash. Along the way, there is a murder and a murder trial. The story goes to some excesses. The ghost of Tennessee Williams seems to lurk over southern stories like this one.

This movie is engaging, not to be taken too seriously in the greater scheme of things; but it's played seriously and that's how it had to be done to produce its brand of entertainment.

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