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
Justine Shapiro ...
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 <esutton@mindspring.com>

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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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$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 »


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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When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Written by Clarence Muse, Leon René and Otis René
Performed by Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra
Courtesy of GNP Crescendo Records, Inc.
Published by Mills Music Inc/Otis Rene Publications/Leon Rene Publications
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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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