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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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Ernie Deemo (as Michael Weatherred)
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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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Jerry: Johnny... Sorry about the table, man. She came in when I wasn't looking, you know. Otherwise I would have saved it for you. You know, you're a regular, we're friends arghh...
John Scardino: It's OK, Jerry. They'e pretty much all alike anyway.
Jerry: Yeah. Two titsand an ass. Right?
John Scardino: I meant the tables!
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Magic Moments
Written by Burt Bacharach & Hal David
Performed by Perry Como
Courtesy of the RCA Records label of BMG Entertainment
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An Infinitely Diggable Flick

This is a really interesting movie that I thoroughly dug and enjoyed. It's part intense character study, part paranoid suspense-thriller, part chase movie. The setup is this: John Scardino is a police crime & accident scene photog who is emotionally numb inside and moonlights as the lens man for an extortion ring, taking dirty snaps of compromised businessmen in their undies with a saucy hooker named Lorraine in sleazy motel rooms. Suddenly, Scardino starts seeing the blackmail crew from his night job turning up as corpses in his day job in seemingly unrelated homicides. Scardino is the only one who notices the connection, but he can't say squat without revealing his involvement in a criminal enterprise! He rediscovers his emotional inner self by getting major league heebie-jeebies trying to figure out who the killer is. He's taken so many snaps over the years, it could be just about anybody. No one can be trusted! Halfway through, the movie explodes open and turns really grisly and intense--be prepared!

The acting--by Peter Gallagher, Frances McDormand, John Lithgow, Jack Black, Geoffrey Lower, John Kapelos, Charlie Spradling and Lee Arenberg--is great and infinitely diggable. The dialogue is really wry and darkly funny, as is the music. And the movie's look has a kind of Edward Hopper-film noir thing going that I also really dug.

Not a lot of people saw this flick when it first came out. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, then went straight to HBO. Which is weird, because it's so good. This one's a real find. Go forth and dig it!

--Richard Terhune, The Movie Digger


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