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Johnny Skidmarks (1998)

Johnny Scardino is working for blackmailers, photographing wealthy guys in seedy motels. One such assignment turns the wrong way and blackmailers die one by one. Is Johnny the next on the ... See full summary »

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Johnny Scardino
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Alice
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Sergeant Larry Skovik
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Walter Lippinscott
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Jerry
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Woody Warshawski
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Lorraine
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Mike
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Earl (as Bill Robertson)
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Bartender
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Mrs. Starkey
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Johnny Scardino is working for blackmailers, photographing wealthy guys in seedy motels. One such assignment turns the wrong way and blackmailers die one by one. Is Johnny the next on the list? Written by Anonymous

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A crash course in crime.


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Rated R for grisly violence, strong language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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23 May 1998 (Japan)  »

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Frances McDormand, Peter Gallagher and Michael Beach also appeared in Short Cuts (1993). See more »

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Alice: How's the happy burger?
John Scardino: Mildly amusing.
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Durango
Written by Alain Leroux
Courtesy of Promusic Inc.
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Moral and emotional numbness in a crime photographer, Johnny Skidmarks
31 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Johnny Skidmarks" (1998) is a neo-noir. The story has an unusual focus that's interesting, which is the moral and emotional numbness and insensitivity of a crime photographer. The development of this original idea in the story creates a beginning in which we aren't quite sure what the story is about. The movie catches more fire when several killings occur. It goes into intense thriller mode when the connections are made between the photographer and the killer, who has a motive but is also extreme and crazed.

Peter Gallagher plays crime photographer Johnny Skidmarks, the latter a nickname. Because his character is supposed to be insensitive to what he photographs, his role is rather subdued and laid back, but he has a few good quips here and there. Frances McDormand is his love interest, but her subplot doesn't relate to the main plot. This is a story weakness. She, however, is an interesting actress. She brings a world-weariness to the film and also she makes a pass at Gallagher, an interesting inversion. John Lithgow is the police detective who is Gallagher's boss at the crime scenes, although the independent Gallagher is not part of the department. Lithgow's work is always worth watching.

There are some gruesome scenes that I could tell were imminent that I didn't want to see. I closed my eyes during their expected duration as judged by the sound track. This worked out well. In one scene, even the usually unperturbed Skidmarks has a fainting spell.


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