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Frogs for Snakes (1998)

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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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Doorman (as Jose Rafael Arango)
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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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Trivia

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 Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll (1991) See more »

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Destination Moon
Performed by Dinah Washington
Written by Marvin Fisher and Ray Alfred
Courtesy of Blue Note Records
By Arrangement with EMI-Capital Special Markets
Sony Music Publishing and 123 Music Associates d/b/a Seven Eight Nine Music Associates (ASCAP)
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Wanna see the worst movie of the 1990s?
29 September 2001 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Maybe it isn't THE worst but it sure comes close! The concept? A group of wanna-be actors moonlight as collection agents and thugs for a theatre impresario cum gangster. In between shooting people, including each other, they recite scenes from movies, everything from 'The Third Man' to 'Repo Man'. Does that sound stupid? You bet!

Watching this until the end is a chore. Only masochists or people with a perverse fascination for truly awful movies will manage it. Writer/director Amos Poe probably argues that "quoting" from other (MUCH better!) movies is some kind of post-modernist statement about art and creativity. Really it's because he doesn't have enough talent to write his own original dialogue and characters.

An unspeakably AWFUL movie that everyone involved with should be embarrassed about.


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