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Sonny lives with his intellectually disabled older brother, and works as a bellhop at a second-rate hotel. This changes when Monique a beautiful, suicidal nut-case checks in. Sonny is offered a part in a heist that goes wrong.

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Sonny Rose
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Monique Roux
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Leroy Rose
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Del Towbridge
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Cougar
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Lenny Ish
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Fred Bascomb
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Billy Tungpet
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Peter Stillwell
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Sonny lives with his intellectually disabled older brother, and works as a bellhop at a second-rate hotel. This changes when Monique a beautiful, suicidal nut-case checks in. Sonny is offered a part in a heist that goes wrong.

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Rated R for strong violence and language, a scene of strong sexuality and some drug use | See all certifications »
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25 September 1998 (USA)  »

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$3,348 (USA) (2 October 1998)

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$3,348 (USA) (2 October 1998)
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Haing S. Ngor's last film. See more »

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In the last scene, once the rain stops, the car's windshield goes from streaming wet to very dry in seconds. See more »

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Lenny Ish: What is the *worst* thing that you have ever done?
Sonny Rose: Me? Uh, uh... I don't really know.
Lenny Ish: That means you haven't done it yet.
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An insult to Jim Thompson
18 May 2004 | by (Planet Earth) – See all my reviews

This is an utterly putrid film of Jim Thompson's terrific novel, "A Swell-Looking Babe." In adapting the book for the screen, writer Denis Johnson has stripped the novel of all its dark humor and subtext and given us a tepid and dull film.

Gone are the father and the whole McCarthyism subplot, which is crucial to what the protagonist does. And Thompson's denouement was dripping with irony.

Thompson's protagonist was a multi-layered character who had good reasons for what he did. Here, Elias Koteas is just a boring hotel employee. No offense to the actress who plays the femme fatale, but the role needs someone with a lot more substance than she brings to it.

William H. Macy might be highlighted on the DVD box, but he has just one scene. That's it. Come to think of it, he might have been better in the lead role.

Do yourself a favor. Instead of renting this piece of crap, read the novel. Your time and money would be better spent.


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