The Underneath (1995)
"Underneath" (original title)

R  |   |  Crime, Thriller  |  28 April 1995 (USA)
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A recovering gambling addict attempts to reconcile with his family and friends but finds trouble and temptation when caught between feelings for his ex-wife and her dangerous hoodlum boyfriend.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Chambers
Clay Hinkle
Mrs. Chambers
Guard Tom
Guard Casey
Mark Feltch ...
Guard George
Jules Sharp ...
Hinkle's Assistant
Kenneth D. Harris ...
Mantrap Guard
Vincent Gaskins ...
Michael's Partner


Michael Chambers returns home to celebrate his mother's marriage. Michael had been ousted from his home town due to his gambling indiscretions and had left his wife to deal with the mess he created. He now must reassimilate back into the town, renew his relationships with his family and friends (and enemies) and, most of all, seek out his ex-wife to woo her again. In the process, he obtains a job working with his mother's new husband as an armored car driver. He almost seems the perfect prodigal son as he finds his niche back in the community and his way back into his ex's heart. His troubles surmount when he and his wife are caught in the act by her hoodlum boyfriend/fiancé. To get out of this predicament, Michael must concoct a plan to heist of a payroll being carried by his armored car company. Written by Joel Schesser <>

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For passion, betrayal and murder... there's still no place like home.


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Rated R for some violence, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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28 April 1995 (USA)  »

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The Underneath  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)


$536,023 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Not allowed to co-sign the screenplay with his name for legal reasons, Steven Soderberg used the name "Sam Lowry", the anarchist character played by Jonathan Pryce in Terry Gilliam's Brazil (1985). See more »


[first lines]
Susan Crenshaw: Are you getting off at Austin?
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7 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Another ultra-slow film from the master of ultra-slow films (Solaris, Contagion). This overrated Director is once again showing how to take a classic like Film Noir's Criss Cross (1949) and covering it with neo-nothing.

Here his "stylized" cinematic turns are so glaringly intrusive that it does nothing but draw attention to the fact that the film is a yawning yearn for yesteryear.

A sympathetic feeling for modern moviegoers that take this stuff as serious cinema when it reveals itself to be nothing more than frivolous fluff with ideas that go nowhere (notice all the lottery references). Oh get it...that's suppose to be some sort of subliminal reference to the struggling lower middle class and their unattainable utopia. But never fully brought home, this is indicative of the kind of artsy "insight" from a wannabe, near-sighted visionary.

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