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Twenty Bucks (1993)

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A story about the life of a twenty dollar bill as it weaves in and out of the various lives of several people.

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Cast

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Angeline
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Baker
George Morfogen ...
Jack Holiday
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Anna Holiday (as Sam Jenkins)
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Sam Mastrewski
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Buddha
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Aunt Dotty
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Sam's Mother
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Aunt Zoha
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Ghada Holiday
David Fresco ...
Uncle Stash
Noah Lee Margetts ...
Mark (as Noah Margetts)
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The Stripper / Funeral Director
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Mrs. McCormac
William H.D. Marlett ...
Patrick (as Willie Marlett)
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Storyline

The film follows a $20 bill from its ATM birth to its eventual demise. Along the way, the note weaves in and out of the lives of a street person, an aspiring writer, a stripper, two thieves, and many others in surprising and inventive ways. Written by Don Porter <dgp@ee.wustl.edu>

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A comedy about how we spend our lives. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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22 October 1993 (USA)  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shot in thirty-six days. See more »

Goofs

The license plates on the cars imply that the story supposedly takes place in Washington DC, but the skyline scenes do not look at all like Washington DC. For one thing, Washington has no high-rise office buildings or skyscrapers. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy: Life lesson number two...
[grabs the whiskey and throws it out of the car]
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Connections

References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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First Idea
Written by Stefan Karlsson and Gene Houck
Performed by Nancy King and Stefan Karlsson
Courtesy of Merlin Productions
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A new twist on an old story...
7 January 2001 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

This film was written in 1935 by screenwriter Endre Bohem shortly before his death. He never completed the script. It sat on a shelf in his archives for 55 years. Finally in 1990, his son, Leslie Bohem, found it and immediately fell in love with the concept. He completed the script, updated it for a more modern audience, and filmed it with director Keva Rosenfeld. In the film, a $20 bill is minted and sent to a bank. A mother with her hands full uses an ATM machine, drops the bill in her hassle, and the story begins. The rest of this film follows the bill through the hands of 12 complete strangers who, through various ways, pass the bill to one another. Along the way, the note weaves in and out of the lives of a street person, an aspiring writer, two thieves (a hilarious Steve Bucemi and Christopher Lloyd), and a stripper who also...well, I won't ruin it for you.

However, besides the inventive concept, it is fun to see many of today's brightest stars, when they were just starting out in the industry. Look for such faces as David Schwimmer(NBC's "Friends"), Elisabeth Shue(Leaving Las Vegas), William H. Macy(Fargo, Wag the Dog), Brendan Fraser(The Scout, George of the Jungle), and Steve Bucemi(Reservoir Dogs, The Big Lebowski).

This is a great film to watch with a group of friends. One tip, though. Don't keep pausing the film, or you might lose track of who has the bill.


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