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American Perfekt (1997)

Criminal psychiatrist, Jake Nyman is taking a much needed vacation from responsibility. An experimental road trip during which ever decision will be made on a flip of a coin. Meanwhile, ... See full summary »

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Sandra Thomas
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Jake Nyman
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Santini
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Alice Thomas
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Sheriff Frank Noonan
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Shirley Dutton
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Willy
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Deputy Sammy
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Bernie
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Rita
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Criminal psychiatrist, Jake Nyman is taking a much needed vacation from responsibility. An experimental road trip during which ever decision will be made on a flip of a coin. Meanwhile, Sandra Thomas, disenchanted professional, is en route to pick up her flunked out sister, Alice, at a cheap motel before continuing on to visit their ailing mother. After being forced off the road by a mysterious assailant, however, Sandra is picked up by Jake, who's coin flipping amoral attitude quickly excites her own desire to break a few rules. Or worse. Jake and Sandra's romance is soon driven by chance acts of crime and kindness, all governed by the flip of a coin - at least until Sandra mysteriously disappears and Jake unwittingly picks up her suspicious sister, Alice ... Written by Filmfan

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The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for grisly violence, strong sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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11 September 1997 (Singapore)  »

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This reteams David Thewlis and Fairuza Balk after the notoriously troubled The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996). See more »

Goofs

The Sheriff's Department car changes from a Ford Taurus to a Chevrolet Caprice. When driving to Bernie's, the car pulling off the main road is a Ford Taurus. In the next shot, the car pulling up the driveway is a Chevrolet Caprice. At the Utah border, the car is a Chevrolet Caprice. When the Sheriff's car crashes at the end of the film, it is a Ford Taurus. See more »

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Twilight Time
Written by Al Nevins, Buck Ram, Artie Dunn, Morty Nevins
Performed by The Platters
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Never trust a shrink
9 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

Robert Forster is good as Jake, a psychiatrist who picks up a woman named Sandra, after her car is run off a desert road. Jake likes to make most of his decisions on the toss of a coin. The duo run into a confidence trickster named Santini, and that's when the fun and games begin.

Jake soon hooks up with Sandra's sister Alice, who is supposed to meet Sandra in a diner. Jake then has a few surprises in store for Alice. The film isn't very long, and doesn't out stay its welcome. A blackly humourous road movie that is well worth seeing. The film clearly has its tongue firmly planted in its cheek.


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