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Firecracker (2005)

 -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  11 October 2005 (USA)
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A tale of murder in small-town Kansas. When Jimmy is lured away from his abusive family by a traveling sideshow carnival, he encounters Sandra, one of the main attractions. The happiness ... See full summary »

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Sandra / Eleanor
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Frank / David
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Ed
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Jessica
Jak Kendall ...
Jimmy
Brooke Balderson ...
Pearl
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Officer Harry
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Ursula
George McArthur ...
The Bald Man (as George the Giant)
Cathy Berry ...
Maxine, The Lobster Girl
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Estelle
Selene Luna ...
Harriet
Susie Legault ...
Buffalola (as Susie Cravens Legault)
Jeff Montague ...
The Announcer
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The Other Man (as Sean Shuford)
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A tale of murder in small-town Kansas. When Jimmy is lured away from his abusive family by a traveling sideshow carnival, he encounters Sandra, one of the main attractions. The happiness they find together causes them to confront the darkness in their lives. Written by Anonymous

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People say nothing ever happens in Kansas


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Originally, 'Mike Patton' wasn't going to play the leading role but only the smaller part of The Green Man. However, Patton was chosen to replace Dennis Hopper as Frank and Hopper was let go. See more »

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Multilayered masterpiece
14 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of my new all-time favorite movies, though if had to choose only one film to bring on a desert island, I'd probably go for Moulin Rouge. The main appeal of Firecracker (and its main weakness, according to its detractors) is that the film can be viewed from many different points of view. As an almost traditional classic tragedy; as a straight detective story; as a character study of an imprisoned boy (though everyone in the cast is trapped by something); as a carefully paced thriller; or, as a surreal dream. All of those genres fit here. And they fit perfectly.

People have criticized Balderson's choice of firing Dennis Hopper in favor of Mike Patton as the lead, but I couldn't imagine anyone else playing the part(s): he's a genius, where he had the courage to play a self-destructive, negative character, with bitter realism.

Full of great, innovative ideas that I think will be copied over and over for years to come.

Karen Black and Mike Patton deserve Oscar nominations!


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