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Another Day in Paradise (1998)

R | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 1999 (Austria)
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In the hope of a big score, two junkie couples team up to commit various drug robberies which go disastrously wrong leading to dissent, violence and murder.

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Mel
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Reverend
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Danny
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Clem
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Bobbie is an addict and small-time thief. When one of his jobs goes bad, Mel is called in to patch him up. Mel offers him a chance at a bigger score. Over time, Mel and his girlfriend Sid become almost like parents to Bobbie and his girlfriend Rosie, but this can't last. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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We live at the abyss.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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$4,500,000 (estimated)

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$14,900 (USA) (1 January 1999)

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$1,025,234 (USA) (9 April 1999)
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When Mel and Sid are picking up Bobbie and Rosie, Sid (played by Melanie Griffith) tells the kids she "loves Desperado's," which is the title of her husband, Antonio Banderas, movie Desperado. See more »

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When Mel and Bobbie are pulling over by the clinic pharmacy, a reflection of a camera rain cover is visible in the windscreen of the car. See more »

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Sid: I'm no role model. I'm a junkie and a thief.
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References The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (1952) See more »

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Can I Change My Mind
Written by B. Despenza, C. Wolfolk
Performed by Chocolate Genius
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Familiar but worth a look
13 May 1999 | by (Lyndhurst, NJ USA) – See all my reviews

Larry Clark's (KIDS) second film, ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE features an explosive performance by James Woods as a "professional" thief/junkie, who along with his girlfriend (a well cast Melanie Griffith) adopt two young lovers (Vincent Kartheiser and Natasha Gregson Wagner) and hit the road in search of drugs and money. Mel (Woods) and Sid (Griffith), who see Rosie (Wagner) and Bobbie (Kartheiser) as younger versions of themselves, teach them the ropes of criminal life.

It is a familiar story, and there is no doubt the characters' vision of paradise shown in the beginning of the film, with its endless supply of drugs and feeling of family, is quickly going to deteriorate into violence and death. I am reminded of the superior DRUGSTORE COWBOY, which also follows a "family" of junkies who rob to pay for their habits, but fine performances by the four leads, especially Woods, make PARADISE worth a look.

Clark's cinema vérité style of direction (a la KIDS) supplies the feeling of uneasiness throughout the film and heightens the impact of the jarring violence. The soundtrack of great soul tunes effectively mirrors the contradictory feelings of despair and hope that plague the characters. The film is not without flaws but recommended to fans of the road/lovers on the lam movies like BADLANDS, TRUE ROMANCE etc.


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