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Six Ways to Sunday (1997)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  5 March 1999 (USA)
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Eighteen-year-old mothers' son Harry (he lives with his overprotective mother Kate) shows his cruel side at one occasion and is hired as hitman/enforcer by the Jewish mob.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Odum
Arnie Finklestein
Paul D'Amato ...
Abie 'The Bug' Pinkwise
Kathy Lee Hart ...
Paul Lazar ...
Eugene Leong ...
Angry Chinese Man
Benjamin Taft
Bill Bennet
Steve Itkin ...
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Elina Löwensohn ...
Louis Varga
Anna Marie Wieder ...
Madame Royce


Eighteen-year-old mothers' son Harry (he lives with his overprotective mother Kate) shows his cruel side at one occasion and is hired as hitman/enforcer by the Jewish mob. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for graphic bloody violence, strong language, sexuality and brief drug use | See all certifications »




Release Date:

5 March 1999 (USA)  »

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Six Ways to Sunday  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,521 (USA) (5 March 1999)


$51,617 (USA) (28 May 1999)

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In one scene, Harry is sitting in a cafe, and the Blondie song "Sunday Girl" is playing in the background. 'Debbie Harry', who plays Harry's mother, Kate, is the lead singer of Blondie. See more »


Abie 'The Bug' Pinkwise: Max's Maxims: First: Buy now, save later. Having money and not flashing it is strictly for Gentiles. No offense. Second: Never forget the people who got you there. Charity and generosity don't just make sense, they make dollars. Do right by your community and your community will do right by you. And finally if you do get caught, God forbid, Don't snitch... it's better to do time than end up in an alley with a knife in your back.
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If You Like This Sort of Weird, Dark Comedy, It's The Sort of Weird, Dark Comedy You'll Like!
21 March 2006 | by (Whitehall, PA) – See all my reviews

Produced by Jonathan Demme and based on the novel PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG MAN DROWNING, SIX WAYS TO Sunday (6WtS) follows the adventures of Harold "Harry" Odum (Norman Reedus), a young man pinned so tightly under his mother's thumb he can barely move. On Harry's road of, er, self-discovery, he evolves (for lack of a better term) from mama's boy to hit man for the local Jewish mob. Even more mind-boggling, his smothering mom is played by an eerily effective Deborah Harry! (Deborah Harry Odum? :-) Although she gets to sing in flashbacks (and Blondie's "Sunday Girl" is used to nice effect in a diner scene. In fact, music is used well in this film overall, especially The Feminine Complex's charmingly Petula Clarkesque "Love Love Love"), for the most part Harry is startlingly different from her Blondie front-woman persona, both physically and personality-wise. Directed by Adam Bernstein, who's gone on to excellent work on RESCUE ME and other edgy TV series, 6WtS boasts a cast as talented as it is eclectic. Norman Reedus manages to be boyish and intense at the same time, as well as looking like the positive result of an eccentric geneticist's attempt to create a hybrid of Ewan McGregor, Leonardo DiCaprio, and a young Gary Sinise. There are also memorable turns by Isaac Hayes as a cop (listen for his rendition of "What A Friend We Have in Mother" during the opening scenes), Jerry Adler (best known in our household as Woody Allen and Diane Keaton's mysterious neighbor Mr. House in MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY) as the Jewish mob's equivalent of the capo di tutti capi, and Elina Löwensohn (NADJA, SCHINDLER'S LIST) as the girl Harry loves, reminding me of a sort of wistful, downtrodden Audrey Hepburn. For my money, the most entertaining scenes belong to Adrien Brody, and not just because I'm a fan of his. Brody channels his inner Ali G as Harry's childhood friend Arnie Finklestein, an inept gangsta wannabe who tries to look and act like a homeboy with hilarious results -- but nobody's laughing when he chickens out and flees the scene during one of Harry's hits... 6WtS isn't for all tastes, but if you like your crime comedies weird, dark and twisted, it's at least worth a rental.

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