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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
Charlie Spradling ...
Lorraine
Michael D. Weatherred ...
Ernie Deemo (as Michael Weatherred)
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Louie
David Doty ...
Brooks Brothers
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Mike
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Coroner
William Preston Robertson ...
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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Dérapage mortel  »

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In the early 90s writer/director John Raffo had an idea for a story about a photographer who works for the cops and as a part of a blackmail ring simultaneously, but he couldn't figure out how to write it. He told the story to William Preston Robertson, who liked it enough to come to Raffo's house and camp out. They wrote the script in 21 days. See more »

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Jerry: Welcome to Burger Clown: happy food for happy people!
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Written by Alain Leroux
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low-key but compelling
21 June 2004 | by (Knoxville TN) – See all my reviews

I found Skidmarks absolutely compelling. Peter Gallagher plays a crime-scene photographer with a sideline of blackmailing men who take his prostitute friend to motels. Gallagher, whom I've not much liked in other movies, does a terrific job as the numb, depressed antihero, unaffected by the crime scenes and accident scenes he photographs until his fellow blackmailers start turning up as victims. The movie is full of deadpanned quips and black humor (e.g., the exchange between McDormand and Gallagher when she's trying to pick him up in a hamburger joint. McDormand, cool and tough: "Do you have a name?" Gallagher: "Yeah. Do you?") The film is not flashy enough ever to have made it big, but the plot and characters are utterly original and the acting is uniformly excellent.


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