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This World, Then the Fireworks (1997)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  11 July 1997 (USA)
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Marty Lakewood is a reporter forced to leave Chicago and his family because he had uncovered too much police corruption. He returns to his small home town on the California coast to his ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Loch ...
Marty Lakewood's Father
Elis Imboden ...
Neighbour's wife (as Elisabeth Imboden)
Christian Durango ...
Sloan Cobb ...
Roberta Hanley ...
Younger Mom Lakewood
Robert Pentz ...
Lou
Marianna Alacchi ...
Glenda
Orson Oblowitz ...
Eugene
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Willy Cobbs ...
Blues Musician
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Joe
Norman Max Maxwell ...
Thug #1
...
Thug #2
Mert Hatfield ...
Bus Driver
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Mom Lakewood
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Marty Lakewood is a reporter forced to leave Chicago and his family because he had uncovered too much police corruption. He returns to his small home town on the California coast to his ailing mother and prostitute sister, with whom he had an incestuous affair. Being short of money, he seduces a woman cop in order to sell her house. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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Meet Marty and Carol. Two people who are very good at being bad.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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11 July 1997 (USA)  »

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Bu dünya ve ötesi  »

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$11,327 (USA) (11 July 1997)

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$19,906 (USA) (11 July 1997)
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Marty Lakewood: They all gotta' go somehow, doll. We all do. It was all written down more than a million years ago by a very funny god. You know, in the beginning, there was nothing. Then He spoke, and that's when all the shit started. We're just pawns, kid. You know, players. Playin' a part. God had to do something to amuse Himself, so He dreamt us up. I hope He got a good laugh, don't you, babe?
Carol Lakewood Morton: The things you say, Marty.
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A shamefully underrated DARK COMEDY.
21 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a great film, and should be more widely available. Why, oh why isn't it out in DVD? The writer of the original story is Jim Thompson. The film is one of the blackest of dark comedies, and so, unfortunately, is under appreciated by mainstream viewers and even critics. If you could see the humor in "The Grifters" or if you like your humor darker than "To Die For," you must get "This World, Then the Fireworks" in video ASAP. The leading role is made for Billy Zane, and features the finest performance I've ever seen from him. Don't miss this unforgettable scene: someone wonders why he (Billy Zane) would marry a deformed woman when he can have a beautiful one, and he becomes absolutely enraged. Also wonderful are Gina Gershon as the sister, and Rue McClanahan as mother of the wicked siblings.


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