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Dead Broke -- A detective investigates a murder that has taken place outside a debt collection agency in Brooklyn. A motley assortment of suspects includes the employees of the agency.
Dead Broke -- A detective investigates a murder that has taken place outside a debt collection agency in Brooklyn. A motley assortment of suspects includes the employees of the agency.

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Edward Vilga (writer)
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Cast

 
Jayne Deely ... Emily
Kevin Dewey ... Steve

John Glover ... Sam

Jill Hennessy ... Kate

Arthur M. Jolly ... Police Diver

Isabel Keating ... Forensics Specialist

Christopher Lawford ... Joshua

Danny Mastrogiorgio ... Veduccio (as Daniel Mastrogiorgio)
Reginald Mervilus ... Police Officer

Adam Seth Nelson

Tony Roberts ... Walter
Cheryl Rogers ... Luanne

Patricia Scanlon ... Frankie

Paul Sorvino ... Harvey

Leslie Lewis Sword ... EMT Technician (as Leslie Lewis)

Justin Theroux ... James

Nela Wagman ... Sherry
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Directed by
Edward Vilga 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Edward Vilga  writer

Produced by
Andrew Charas .... co-producer
Mia Choi .... co-producer
Chris Craig .... co-associate producer
Genevieve Lohman .... producer
David Marcellino .... line producer
Mark Ross .... associate producer
Mark Sourian .... co-associate producer
Thomas N. Staub .... producer
Leslie Lewis Sword .... executive producer (as Leslie Lewis)
Nela Wagman .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Edward Bilous 
 
Cinematography by
Joaquín Baca-Asay 
 
Film Editing by
Youna Kwak 
Gary Winick 
 
Casting by
Adrienne Stern 
 
Production Design by
George Xenos 
 
Costume Design by
Janie Bryant  (as Katherine Jane Bryant)
Kristen Couchot 
 
Makeup Department
Necia Mullen .... assistant makeup artist
Joanne Ottaviano .... key hair stylist
Joanne Ottaviano .... key makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lisa C. Clark .... second second assistant director
Jeremy Slutskin .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
William Kozy .... production sound mixer
Peter Roigk .... foley artist (as Peter Roik)
Marcus Sujata .... sound editor
Joe White .... boom operator
 
Stunts
Kyle Derek .... safety diver
Arthur M. Jolly .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Antonio Ponti .... a camera first assistant
Antonio Ponti .... a-camera assistant
 
Other crew
Liza Alhadeff .... production assistant
Patrick Gibbons .... key production assistant
Ryan Lifchitz .... production assistant
Alex Panagakis .... unit publicist
Miranda J. Smith .... production assistant
 

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Rated R for language, some violence and brief sexuality
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USA:98 min
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
excellent acting redeems weak film-noir plot, 3 May 2007
Author: oowawa from California

If you can enjoy a prolonged visit with low-life employees of a seedy collection agency, then you are likely to enjoy this film. The performances are all good, and some are truly memorable. Paul Sorvino says "youze" a lot and is completely believable as the gangsterish owner of the "Polite Persistence" collection agency. John Glover's not-quite-handsome and unshaven police detective is just grungy enough to fit right in with the "losers" he must interrogate. Kevin Dewey's performance as "Steve" reminds one of Jim Carrey at his most manic. And, above all, Patricia Scanlon as the "Doberman of Debt," Frankie, pretty much steals the movie with her vicious performance as every debtor's worst nightmare. Her telephone diatribes against her poor "customers" are truly hilarious. She even gets a topless outdoor sex scene, which is more likely to inspire fear rather than to titillate. This is awesome acting.

The main weakness of the movie is the plot. At one point Sam the detective remarks something like "We have eight motives here." Actually, we don't have any motives--because the police do not have a corpse and we do not know who the victim is. If we do not have a victim, we cannot formulate a plausible motive, nor can we surmise why the police would waste so much time delving into the private lives of the agency employees.

But in spite of the obvious plot weaknesses, this film has a real sense of style, and the characters are really fun to watch. I will be spinning this DVD repeatedly for the genuine pleasure of watching Patricia Scanlon's rabid performance.

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