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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Spice
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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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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 »
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30 September 1992 (France)  »

Also Known As:

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 »

Goofs

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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Referenced in Secrets from Another Place: Creating Twin Peaks (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

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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A Spader Favorite
29 July 2005 | by (Albuquerque, NM) – See all my reviews

This is a fantastically unique story about a young public defender running for congress who is set up in a uniquely twisted situation and how he plays the situation. I don't want to give too much away, because it is rare that we have unique plots in recent times. There are plenty of cheesy moments, even by Spader. I really enjoyed his character and I think someone else mentioned the vulnerability of Spader's Cray Fowler. Even though this guy isn't the most up and up guy in the bunch (hey he's going to be a politician!), he is a very likable character with good intentions. I encourage checking this movie out, you won't be disappointed - I'm surprised this thriller didn't catch on in the early 90's when it was released.


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