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Frogs for Snakes (1998)

Eva is a legit actress, who also does debt collecting jobs on the side for her ex-husband, loan shark Al. She doesn't want to go on with collecting, but Al asks her to do one last job, finding a missing $600,000 stolen from him by Flav.

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José Rafael Arango ...
Doorman (as Jose Rafael Arango)
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Flo (as Nikki Arlyn)
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Jim
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UB
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Rilke
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Klench
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Quint
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Zak Kerkoulas ...
Augie Santana
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Linda Mancini ...
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Myrna L'Hatsky
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A group of unemployed theater actors survive by working as illegal money collectors. The loan shark they are working for owns an Off-Broadway theater. As he decided to play "American Buffalo" there, a bloody battle for the favorite roles begin. Written by Soeren Ney <SoerenNey@aol.com>

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They collect for the mob. But they'd rather act. Expect killer performances. See more »

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Rated R for strong violence, sexuality and sex-related dialogue, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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14 August 1998 (USA)  »

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Delitti d'autore  »

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$12,191 (USA) (21 May 1999)

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$20,693 (USA) (28 May 1999)
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The film's title is taken from the blues song by Sonny Boy Williamson, "Fattening Frogs for Snakes". Singer Patti Smith apparently brought this song to the director's attention; in the end credits she receives "special thanks" for its use. See more »

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Gascone: [Eva left acting class] So when are you coming back to class?
Eva: Never.
Gascone: It's a shame, little Eva. You're the only one I ever picked to make it. You got fucking talent, you know? You got a fucking gift.
Eva: Yeah, well, I got lots of gifts.
Gascone: Yeah, I know...
[looking at the breakfeast menu]
Gascone: ... I don't know why I bother browsing this fucking thing. I know the fucking thing by heart. I always order the same fucking thing.
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"...it took me a long, long time to find out my mistake but I bet you my bottom dollar I ain't fatten in' no more frogs for snakes" Sonny Boy Williamson, 1957 See more »

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References Night and the City (1950) See more »

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Downtown
Performed by Toledo Diamond
Written by Toledo Diamond / Sobor / Caine / Mittleman / Boito / Brooks
Courtesy of Moonshine Music, Tolo Music (ASCAP) and Clanger Songs (BMI)
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Of course, it's bad, but it's worse than that
26 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There is almost no reason for me to write. Many of you have done the job for me. But I take the misuse and co-option of a "Downtown" NY vibe in this movie as a personal affront. Amos Poe has some kind of Alt -street cred, although now I can't remember for what. Something to do with Debbie Harry. But he (on the basis of this film) is not an artist, not an entertainer, not a good post-modernist, not very smart! As many have pointed out, he knows how to quote from much better things. And he knows how to cast weirdly iconic actors and use interesting East Village locations. But the killing scenes are excessive, the acting scenes are unconvincing. And neither illuminates the other. Jim Jarmusch, forgive me! Any doubts I have had about your genius have been erased by this slop. I understand now (I already liked it a lot) what a massive achievement Ghost Dog is. You have quoted Godard, but added something to our understanding, as Godard did with such as Fuller and Ray. This guy, on the other hand belongs in the Press area of a European Blondie Reunion concert, holding a Poloroid camera. He totally wasted my time with his smarmy, hipper-than-thou bullshit. Lisa Marie is hot though.


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