Hugo Pool is a quirky tale of a Los Angeles pool cleaner who falls in love with a young man dying of Lou Gerhig's Disease.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pool Supply Man
Brendan Dawson ...
Man with Truck (as Brendan B. Dawson)
Sean Glenn ...
Sad Old Man
Kevin Dornan ...
Bad Advice Father
Michael Mazzola ...
Chick Chicalini
Chuck Barris ...


Hugo Pool is a quirky tale of a Los Angeles pool cleaner who falls in love with a young man dying of Lou Gerhig's Disease. Written by Anonymous

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A comedy with serious relief


Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for language and sex-related material | See all certifications »




Release Date:

12 December 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chaude journée à L.A.  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,620 (USA) (12 December 1997)


$3,620 (USA) (12 December 1997)

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Co-written by and dedicated to Robert Downey Sr.'s second wife Laura Ernst, who suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the same disease the character Floyd Gaylen has in the film. See more »


When the water truck comes around the corner the image is reversed. The driver is on the right side of the cab and the license plate is seen as if you were looking in a mirror. See more »


Franz Mazur: I'm too superficial to be hurt.
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O Sole Mio
by Eduardo Di Capua (as Eduardo DiCapua)
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Some Strange Characters
29 January 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Judging from the range of comments on Hugo Pool they seem to run the gamut. As a film, it's not the kind of thing I'd usually watch, but it did contain some rather strange characters.

Alyssa Milano in between her stints as Tony Danza's daughter in Who's The Boss and one of the Halliwell sisters in Charmed was cast in the lead by director Robert Downey, Sr. She seems to have taken complete charge of the pool cleaning company that is a family business because dad (Malcolm McDowell) is reverting to being a teenager and mom (Cathy Moriarty) can't control her gambling addiction. In fact she either has to come up with the money or sleep with the bookie.

Anyway somebody has to step up to the plate and Alyssa seems the only one likely to do so. She's got a lot of customers out there in Nevada who want to use their swimming pools because of the heat and who need them cleaned.

Anyway on her route she meets Patrick Dempsey who even with Lou Gehrig's disease is not about to miss out on all the good things in life. In fact one of only two parts of his anatomy are untouched by amytrophic lateral sclerosis, his brain and the love muscle. In fact the second has some remarkable staying power as he informs us.

Hugo Pool is the story of all these characters and the day they spend together. It's an interesting tale and maybe had it been done in a more straightforward and romantic way, I might have liked the film better.

Still it's not the fault of the cast who give some very good performances. Not mentioned by me before are Robert Downey, Jr. as an egotistical movie director and Sean Penn as a hitchhiker Malcolm McDowell picks up. Dig those sky blue shoes that Penn wears.

Hugo Pool might be your cup of tea, it wasn't quite mine though.

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