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A film critic accidentally kills his lover during a spat in which she falls and hits her head. In panic, he immediately covers up his involvement and leaves the apartment. A private ... See full summary »

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Terry Thorpe
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Detective Fred Stapelli
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Kit Wannamaker
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John Edgarson
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Patricia Stapelli
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Detective Larry Gray
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John Brant
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Scott
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Laura Penny
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Bob
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Brant's Assistant
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Mr. Petrovsky
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Bank Teller
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A film critic accidentally kills his lover during a spat in which she falls and hits her head. In panic, he immediately covers up his involvement and leaves the apartment. A private investigator had been tailing the woman for her ex-husband. Realizing what happened, the investigator launches a blackmail scheme. The critic turns the tables after the investigator turns in his report. Meanwhile the police enter the case. Led by a detective with screenwriting ambitions, the chief suspect becomes the critic. But the detective's ambitions shrouds his judgment. He invites the critic to dinner and an affair with the detective's wife is initiated. Meanwhile, the critic's regular girl friend is suspicious of the whole affair. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Terry Thorpe: If you're going to commit a murder -- and I don't recommend it -- one thing you should definitely not do is sleep with the investigating officer's wife. It just makes for a lot of unnecessary complications.
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References Laura (1944) See more »

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Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
Written by Eric Idle
Arrangement by Chris Desmond
Used by permission of Kay-Gee-Bee Music & Python (Monty) Pictures, Ltd.
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Fresh, clever, funny
26 September 1999 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

William H. Macy is brilliant as Everyman caught in a desperate situation. Starts off with a bang and never lets up. Twists and surprises are fresh, unpredictable. Use of film noir clips and frequent quotes and references to 30's and 40's flicks makes this a delightful "must" for movie buffs.


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