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Viva Las Nowhere (2001)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  15 June 2001 (USA)
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The life of motel owner is turned upside down by a femme-fatale lounge singer and her abusive manager.

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Roy Baker
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Julie Mitchell
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Marguerite
Larry Reese ...
Merle
Andy Maton ...
Ed Babbit
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Sheriff
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Merle
Daren Christofferson ...
Trooper #1
Skerivet Daramola ...
Surveyor
Taylor Pardell ...
Shawna Babbit
Carrie Schiffler ...
Gracie
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Somewhere in Kansas, Frank operates the Middle O'America Motel and dreams of opening a club where he'll sing his country songs. His wife Helen is disparaging, so when a scheming chanteuse is dumped by her loutish husband on Frank's front door, Frank is bewitched. In short order, though, the visitor (Julie) has dispatched Helen, set in motion a con for Frank's money, called her husband to come get her, and taken Frank's army buddy (just arrived for a visit) into the bathtub for some fun. Soon Frank is in over his head, just as Helen's twin sister comes for a visit and Julie's husband arrives looking for his wife. Is there any way out of this situation (and out of Kansas) for Frank? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Stayed up until 1:10 a.m. to watch this to conclusion!
26 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I caught this as Viva Las Nowhere, just browsing thru the channels prior to going to bed around midnight, and as soon as I saw James Caan in his long, shoulder-length hair singing (!) country-western (!) I was hooked. The movie didn't let me down: funny, suspenseful, over-acted at times, yet intriguing all the way through.

Since I'm from Kansas originally, I thought the scenes of the countryside were hilarious, and I'm disappointed that it was really filmed in Calgary.

Also, being from Kansas, I knew that it was impossible to be actually filmed at the geographic center of the U.S. (up in north-eastern Kansas) since that's a national marker, but I was hoping that at least the wheat fields were in Kansas somewhere close. But notwithstanding the film location, I heartily recommend this film to someone looking to stay up past their bed-time.


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