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

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Cast

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Cray Fowler
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Natalie Tate (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)
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Clifford Fowler
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Lee Tran
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Nathan LeFleur
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Constance Fowler
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Michael Trevallian
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Pudge Herman
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Abe Choate
Chino 'Fats' Williams ...
Theotis Washington
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Charlie Sumpter
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Peter Dandridge
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Justine Shapiro ...
Melanie Fowler (as Justine Arlin)
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Xang Tran
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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 <esutton@mindspring.com>

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One woman's passion can hurt you. One man's power can kill you. See more »


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Rated R for language, sensuality and a scene of violence | See all certifications »
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30 September 1992 (France)  »

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El peso de la corrupción  »

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$422,503 (USA)
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Mark Frost first started writing the screenplay in 1987. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Cray: [after carrying Lee onto the couch and picking up the phone] I need an ambulance.
Lee Tran: NO!
[Cray hangs up]
Lee Tran: My father made a tape of us.
Cray: The fuck you talking about? Your father made a tape of us?
Lee Tran: [Reaches for Cray] I'm sorry...
Cray: [Pulls away] What, what do you want from me?
Lee Tran: I have to leave the city.
Cray: You want some cash?
[Throws cash at her]
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Written by Bernard Zette and Gary Parky
Published by Rockoko Music GmbH
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adequate
29 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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