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American Perfekt (1997)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  11 September 1997 (Singapore)
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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, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandra Thomas
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Shirley Dutton
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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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Rated R for grisly violence, strong sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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


For most of the film, the license plate on Santini's car is Nevada 28ZP9N. However, when chasing Sandra's car a the beginning of the film, the license plate is California 3DSK878. See more »

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Very original film
29 March 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I saw this film in a film festival in Montreal a long time ago and I was amazed at the quality of this film. First of all, the screenplay is well written and the characters are well defined. Furthermore, the way it is shot proves that the director knew what he was doing.

Unfortunately this film never made it to theater here in Montreal and it is very hard to find. I am surprised to see that such a good movie couldn't get any distribution, but I guess that's the way the system work. So many good films don't make it while so many bad films gets released...

I hope it will be easier to see it on DVD. I recommend this film to whoever wants to watch an intelligent movie.

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