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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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
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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 »
[Eva left acting class]
So when are you coming back to class?
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.
Yeah, well, I got lots of gifts.
Yeah, I know...
[looking at the breakfeast menu]
... 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 »
I actually like this movie. I can see how some people might find it pretentious but those people are just not buying into the concept. It's kind of a campy send-up of Tarantino-ish films substituting a motley group of sleazy actors for just plain sleaze-balls. Instead of long monologues by inane lowlifes about pop culture (a la Pulp Fiction) you get more articulate and literary monologues culled from films, sometimes done with some style and finesse, other times done just for unintentional self-parody, by a colorful group of actors/gangsters. As with any parody, there are times when the characterizations seem over-the-top but mostly I found them clever and funny. To the film's credit, it doesn't take itself too seriously, simply drawing a parallel between the actor's process and the process of the gangster getting into character for the gruesome deeds they do. Barbara Hershey plays the lead character trying to `get out of the life' and out of acting. She is not the most charismatic actress but she does have her moments even if there are times it seems her character's disaffection for her world fails to hold our sympathies. Robbie Coltrane never quite seems convincing as the thick-accented Eastern European gang leader and aspiring impresario. However, Lisa Marie as Myrna is wonderful as the incredibly hot if not-so-talented actress and there are other fine performances from others in the film. The ending is schmaltzy but for the most part the film is quite entertaining.
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