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A man heading to Vegas to pay off his gambling debt before the Russian mafia kills him, is forced to stop in an Arizona town where everything that can go wrong, does go wrong.

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Mr. Arkady (as Valery Nikolaev)
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Storyline

When Bobby's car breaks down in the desert while on the run from some of the bookies who have already taken two of his fingers, he becomes trapped in the nearby small town where the people are stranger than anyone he's encountered. After becoming involved with a (unbeknownst to him) young married woman, her husband hires Bobby to kill her. Later, she hires Bobby to kill the husband. Written by Jason Ihle <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

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Sex. Murder. Betrayal. Everything that makes life worth living. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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3 October 1997 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,730,440, 5 October 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,633,400, 2 November 1997
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Sean Penn had originally turned down his role due to schedule conflicts, and Bill Paxton replaced him. About a week before filming, Paxton backed out; fortunately, Penn had become available. See more »

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Towards the end, some birds can be seen toward a grey and cloudy sky. In the next shot, we can see the sun shining. See more »

Quotes

Grace: I don't want to go to Mexico, Bobby. I want to stay with you. Don't you think I care about you?
Bobby: I think you're a lying, backstabbing, psycho bitch... and one day you'll kill me. But it's nice to know you care.
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Written by Merle Kilgore
Performed by Webb Pierce
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Good film
18 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

I have to say this film was sort of what I thought it was... I really enjoyed it!

I've seen Sean Penn in a few films now and they're all good. Oliver Stone is one of the finest men in film production. It's visually stunning, loads of mad camera pans and colour blast-outs! The supporting cast are great as well. Billy Bob Thornton looks nothing like him and is away with it, Jennifer Lopez is attractive an alluring, Nick Nolte is totally convincing and great as the wicked husband, Joiquin Phoenix is mad as TNT and possibly the best is John Voight as a blind homeless person!

A great film with a good ending... although I wouldn't like to be any of them!

A good 7/10


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