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Underworld (1996)

R | | Comedy, Thriller | 9 May 1997 (USA)
After spending seven years behind bars, Johnny Crown is back on the street, with lots of cash, a psychotherapy degree and a burning desire to find and punish gangsters who had killed his ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Gavilan / Frank Cassady / Richard Essex
Dr. Leah
Ned Lynch
Will Cassady
Smilin' Phil Fox / Todd Streeb
Dan 'Iceberg' Eagan
Heidi Schanz ...
Joyce Alt / Simone
Cristi Conaway ...
Michael David Simms ...
Marc Baur ...


After spending seven years behind bars, Johnny Crown is back on the street, with lots of cash, a psychotherapy degree and a burning desire to find and punish gangsters who had killed his father. One of the people involved is Frank Gavillan, who unwillingly follows Johnny in his demonical and ultraviolent crusade. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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Sometimes revenge is the best therapy.


Comedy | Thriller

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





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9 May 1997 (USA)  »

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Johnny Crown: The aim of all living things is eventually to kiss the dust.
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Distant Land
Written by Traci Lords, Mike Edwards & Johann Bley
Performed by Traci Lords
Courtesy of Radioactive Records, J.V.
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Heavily misunderstood comedy!
1 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the best black comedies that I have ever seen!

Oh, it's highly, highly, highly underrated!

I've found the tape in action and in drama, but never in comedy, where I feel that it belongs!

Take for example the first scene involving the Red Car: Slow buildup, absolutely bloody execution, glass and flesh everywhere; and then an approving nod and the gunner exclaiming in nonchalant fashion "This is gonna be the best goddamn father's day I've ever had."

It doesn't stop there. We have the execution of a beyond-amazingly beautiful girl (Traci Lords) for nearly nothing other than a bored antagonist's whim; we don't even really know if she's suspected of cheating on him... he's just... bored.

Add to this a hilarious bar scene that might begin something like "a bunch of assassins walked into a bar..."... they're tired of waiting, so they clean their guns... they're bored at the delay, so they shoot the bottles; they're frustrated at their employer's procrastination, so they pull out automatic weapons and unload on the bar, the bartender... and finally the outright hilarious shot of the scariest of them putting a gun to his head: they shoot each other.

Yes, it's terribly violent; yes, it's not for everyone. But this is the one of the most fabulously overlooked films ever! Awesome!

Check it out, but ignore the section you found it in.

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