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Merchants of Venus (1998)

R | | Comedy | March 1998 (USA)
A Russian immigrant finds himself in bed with the mob after buying a sexual novelties shop.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Jakoff
Prunella Gee ...
Catherine Lucky McKay
Mistress Cody
Uncle Vladimir
FBI Agent
The Senator
Reverend Phillips
The Stud
Porno Director
Katrina (as Claire Mari Jacobs)
Kay Parker ...
Kay Parker
Tiffany Million ...
Porno Actress #1 (as Tyffany Million)
Tia Gunn ...
Porno Actress #2 (as Tia)


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 Anonymous

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Every dream has its price.



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Rated R for strong sexual content including nudity and dialogue | See all certifications »




Release Date:

March 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Dirty Little Business  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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Starts out somewhat different ..... ends up a disaster ...............
22 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wrapping a very flimsy plot around a sex toys distributor is what makes "A Dirty Little Business" somewhat different. Without that angle, this is a one star movie. Michael York is a Russian immigrant who borrows a million dollars from the Russian mafia to buy the factory. Throw in his naive romance with a porn star, Beverly D'Angelo as a dominatrix, and a cartoon like last third of the movie, and what you get is a disaster of a film. Things actually get worse minute by minute. Do not be mislead by the presence of Michael J. Pollard, as he is barely in the film, and only on a television screen. Is this a romance, a black comedy, a mob movie, or a slapstick farce? The answer is none of the above. It is just a mish mash of undeveloped ideas, and a bad movie to boot. - MERK

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