An affair between a cabana boy and the young wife of a sinister politician triggers a 16-year vendetta between the two men.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Manuel Esquema / Alan Riply
Mark Brice
Javier Cesti
Rick Martino
Randy (as Sean C W Johnson)
Shawn Proctor ...
Cabana Boy
Russell Blackwell ...
Business Associate
Jocelyn Snowdon ...
Young Associate's Companion
Kevi Katsuras ...
Julie, Six Year-old Girl
Emily, Julie's Mother
Ronald Knight ...
Older Male Executive
Ginger King ...
Older Male's Companion
Ted Simonett ...
Mr. Galen


Two stories, 14 years apart, converge in a suburb of New York. Manuel Esquema, an international financier, whose face is badly scarred, is flying from Miami to help a New York politician negotiate a plea bargain with the Justice Department. Years before, this financier was a fresh-faced cabaña boy at a Miami Beach resort who fell in love with a young woman on holiday with her husband. The husband is now the pol, and he thinks he dispatched the cabaña boy long ago. What are Esquema's plans: revenge, mercy, or a complicated plan to seek again the woman's love? Written by <>

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

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Release Date:

4 October 2002 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

A Sombra de uma Vingança  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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Mind Boggling
14 April 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

How could such an accomplished screenwriter, a man who wrote such classics as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, etc. be so singularly responsible for such an aggravatingly awful movie?

I don't think anyone will know. Perhaps the joke is on all of us and Paul Schrader is laughing at our reactions. Maybe he set out to make the worst movie he possibly could and in that it is a triumph.

This movie is offensively bad. It will make you mad. A waste of talent, money, time, effort and thought on everyone's part.

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