Character actor Michael Shannon has been nominated for his second Oscar for his role in the 2016 thriller Nocturnal Animals. "No Small Parts" takes a look at some of the other characters he's played in the past.
Alex Jakoff (Michael York) is a Russian immigrant looking for work in the USA when he finds a job as a stock boy in a sex-toy factory. The factory's elderly owner Mrs. Eppy (Nancy Fish) sees Alex as a nice, but lonely guy. So, she tries setting him up with her friend Catherine (Prunella Gee) an aging adult film star. Alex is smitten with Catherine on sight, but she is reluctant to commit to any relationship out of her profession. Meanwhile, when Eppy's business is threatened with being closed down, Alex decides to buy the place with money from his family whom are in the Russian mafia. But when the business fails anyway and his family of thugs want all their money back, Alex is forced to make some drastic decisions to stay alive. Written by
I bought this on DVD for 2 quid (USD3) on a market simply because Beverly D'Angelo, a favourite of mine, and Prunella Gee, ex Bond Girl, were in it. I wasn't expecting much and wasn't disappointed in that respect.
It tries to deal with too much too quickly - immigrant labour in the USA, the sex toy industry, porn movies, odd relationships - it could have concentrated on any one of these for it's scanty 74 minutes with no problem. The result is a mish-mash with a sketchy plot that jumps about too much and leaves holes behind it.
Nevertheless, there are some wonderful cameos. Beverly D'Angelo as the short tongued dominatrix is hoot (God only knows what Mr. Pacino made of this!!). Brian Cox and his mate as the Russian Mafioso are also excellent as is Troy Donohue in a cameo as the FBI Agent who is a secret admirer and shoplifter. However, Michael York, about as British as you can get, is not a very convincing Russian. Good soundtrack by Erasure and I nearly fainted when I saw Andy Bell, my brother's Doppelganger, as the porn director.
So, worth 2 quid but no more. Amusing in its parts but disappointing as a whole.
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