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Stark Raving Mad (2002)

A crook quietly plots his revenge against the boss who murdered his brother while working for him.

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Ben McGewan
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Rikki Simms
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Jeffrey Jay
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Jake Nealson (as John Crye)
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Betty Shin (as Suzi Nakamura)
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Gregory
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Roy
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Michael Frakes
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Scott
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Vanessa
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D.J.
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Jin Sun
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Chan - Gang Member #1
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Nate - Goon
Carl McDonald ...
Mitchell - Trannie
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Ben McGewan has a deal with Chinatown's non-Chinese gang boss, Gregory, to steal one of four mythical god statues reputed to give immense power. This theft, in exchange for wiping out his debt and a fortune to pay his team of frustrated experts. They organize a wild after hours party in a nightclub as cover to break into the vault of the bank next door. Alas, from the start things go wrong ever worse, for everyone. Written by KGF Vissers

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Rated R for strong sexual content, language, some drug use and violence | See all certifications »

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23 May 2002 (Russia)  »

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Crime Party  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Ty Olsson & Kavan Smith both would later portray the robotic Deputy Andy on the SyFy TV series Eureka. See more »

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When Ben throws down the giant dildo, it goes under a box of some sort. After Ben leaves, it has moved out into the open floor where it is kicked. See more »

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Dirk: Nah, I don't think so.
Stacie: Let me in the fucking club, you piece of shit!
Ben McGewen: What's wrong?
Dirk: Fake I.D.
Stacie: No, it's not.
Ben McGewen: Sorry. You can't come in.
Stacie: That's my real I.D. Bite me.
Dirk: [hands Ben her I.D]
Ben McGewen: This doesn't look like just a dye job to me. See, you're a brunette, and this I.D.'s for a natural blonde.
Stacie: Oh, yeah? Does this look brunette to you?
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Children of the Sun
Written by Phil Thompson
Performed by Moonface
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A bank heist with beats
25 September 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'Stark Raving Mad' is one of those late-night, mid-week, B-movie feel movies that uses a recognisable face (Seann William Scott) to front a cast of lesser-knows talent (although I did recognise Patrick Breen from 'Men in Black' and 'Galaxy Quest'). Even so, this movie is a pleasing take on the usual bank heist concept and a nice little gem in a movie collection.

It may not be anything special to rave about, but the script is none-the-less fairly well-written. It certainly keeps everything moving at a decent pace without getting you loss and the dialogue has a nice straight-forward flow to it, so you can kick back and enjoy without having to think.

Some might say that the characters are obvious -- crime lords, cops, nightclub owner, the main man, etc., etc. I say that they're varied and eclectic, giving rise a range of amusing on-screen chemistries and antics. They're acted well enough, so I can't complain.

The movie also boasts some pleasingly creative (and if not creative, then definitely interesting) film-making. I particularly liked the way they presented narration/exposition.

The one thing, however, that I really like about this movie is the soundtrack. It's an original score (By DJ John Digweed) of nice pounding beat-y bassy techno dance music that gets you bopping every time. I will sit with this movie playing repeatedly in the background just to hear the music.

All in all, 'Stark Raving Mad' is an entertaining, light-hearted movie that probably deserves a bit more credit than it gets. I give this movie 8/10, not so much because there's anything spectacular about it, but just because I really like this movie.


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