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A portrait of a fictional town in the mid west that is home to a group of idiosyncratic and slightly neurotic characters. Dwayne Hoover is a wealthy car dealer-ship owner that's on the ... See full summary »

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A portrait of a fictional town in the mid west that is home to a group of idiosyncratic and slightly neurotic characters. Dwayne Hoover is a wealthy car dealer-ship owner that's on the brink of suicide and is losing touch with reality. Written by <jkeating@fast.net>

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In a world gone mad, you can trust Dwayne Hoover.

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Rated R for sexuality and some language | See all certifications »
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18 February 1999 (Germany)  »

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Autokauppias Jumalan armosta  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,326, 19 September 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$175,370, 19 December 1999
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After the success of Robert Altman's Nashville (1975), Vonnegut's novel was bought by producer Dino De Laurentiis for Altman. Altman's cast for the film included Peter Falk as Hoover, Alice Cooper as his son Bunny, Sterling Hayden as Kilgore Trout and Ruth Gordon as Eliot Rosewater (as Rosewater was to be portrayed as an old man, Altman thought it didn't matter that Gordon was a woman as he believed gender differences were not as strong in the elderly. After the De Laurentiis-produced Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976) flopped, the project went into turnaround. See more »

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[on Harry dressing like a mortician]
Dwayne Hoover: Modern science has given us a vast array of colors with exciting names like Red! Blue! Orange! Brown! and PINK!
Harry Le Sabre: Why don't you come right out and say it, Dwayne?
Dwayne Hoover: Say what, Harry?
Harry Le Sabre: That I like to wear women's clothing.
Dwayne Hoover: Is that what you LIKE, Harry?
Harry Le Sabre: Yes... I mean, NO! NO! OF COURSE NOT!
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Crazy Credits

In the score listings - "Borrowed Borodin" by K.Trout (The main tune of this movie is "Stranger in Paradise", which is a "remake" of A.P.Borodin's Polovtsian Dances from "The Prince Igor". K.Trout is one of the principal characters of the movie) See more »

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References Tugboat Annie (1933) See more »

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Cobra
Written & Performed by Martin Denny
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An unusual, tragic-comic movie that leaves you thinking!
1 September 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is a very different movie. Its about a successful carseller somewhere in the US. A carseller that is going mad and is very depressed. He doesnt know what it's all about. He seems tired of the way his life is. Bruce Willis makes and extremely good performance in this role.

As an employee, we have Nick Nolte. A very comical character, who always sucks up to the boss (Bruce Willis). He's desperate to hide something from him, and that's seems to be the only thing he thinks of. Nolte is very very funny in this role.

Then we have Albert Finney, who also makes a strong effort here. He plays the cynical and depressed author, who for once in his life gets attention.

It's a very strong movie, with great actors and the perfect, sad music to accompany it all. It's very touching and filosophical. The ending is wonderful! I cant really explain it all in words...I have only one thing to say to you: GO SEE THIS MOVIE !!

Its truly great! I give it a 10!


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