Robert Altman's jazz-scored film explores themes of love, crime, race, and politics in 1930s Kansas City. When Blondie O'Hara's husband, a petty thief, is captured by Seldom Seen and held ... See full summary »
Jennifer Jason Leigh,
With only the plan of moving in together after high school, two unusually devious friends seek direction in life. As a mere gag, they respond to a man's newspaper ad for a date, only to find it will greatly complicate their lives.
Norman Oppenheimer is a small time operator who befriends a young politician at a low point in his life. Three years later, when the politician becomes an influential world leader, Norman's life dramatically changes for better and worse.
I was lucky enough to catch "What Happened to Pete?" when it aired on Bravo a few years back. It remains one of my favorite short films to this day. If you've seen "Tree's Lounge," you know Steve Buscemi is a phenomenal director. "What Happened to Pete?" plays like a sketch version of the bar scenes in "Tree's Lounge." Its a deceivingly simple little film, with a brilliant comedic performance by Buscemi. (Mark Boone Junior and Seymour Cassel are wonderfully understated.) I adore Buscemi's choice of music- Brenda Lee's "Emotion" and George Jones's "When the Grass Grows Over Me" underscore the movie's tone perfectly. The film culminates with a truly surprising twist, (a rarity for shorts.) What I admire most about "What Happened to Pete?" is the way it manages to capture, (in a few short minutes), the dank grain and subdued despair of life in your average bar.
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