Speakeasy (2002)

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The story is about a man, Bruce Hickman, and his relationship with another man, Frank, the thing that they have in common is the relation with a deaf person. With this relation the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Hickman
Frank Marnikov
Sophie Hickman
Dr. Addams
Sara Marnikov
Dan haney
Mr. Prappas
Middle-Aged Man
Mr. Petersen
Thomas Curtis ...
Young Tobias
Party Mother
Party Boy


The story is about a man, Bruce Hickman, and his relationship with another man, Frank, the thing that they have in common is the relation with a deaf person. With this relation the characters will discover lot of things about their past. Written by Juan Belo <belocine@yahoo.com>

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Rated PG-13 for some language




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The runner up film in HBO's hit series Project Greenlight. See more »


The words "and Arthur Hiller" appear twice in the opening credits. See more »


Frank Marnikov: We are immortal till our work is done.
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A gentle story for women about nice men
3 May 2005 | by (Eel Pie Island) – See all my reviews

Call me old=fashioned, but I hanker after movie content where men aren't monsters and couples get along. I like a small comedy of manners that gives itself time to develop characters and observe them in action. There is a curious unreality about Speakeasy because both the above are not available in contemporary American life. The media terrorises the public, corporate employers keep wage-slaves' noses to the grindstone, genders are confused, and there is little room in the market for a film like this. It's an exercise in leprechaunish whimsy, with the main character one of those sad party magicians who never grew up, saddled with a barren wife who makes up for having no children by fighting with her father, torturing her partner and flirting with an old schoolfriend. Mr Hickman, a.k.a. The Great Bandini, has a fantasy friend who makes magical music boxes and has a sexy Chicano wife with a deaf daughter. There's a lot of US sign language, which was very today two years ago but now seems faded. Even the BBC news has sign language today. The deaf father has a curious past and an amusing secret treasure that is wildly implausible but works in this fantasy setting. Somehow, Hickman's patience, devotion and constance culminate in a healing for his wife, and they all live happily every after. If you willingly suspend your disbelief, this picture is a welcome foray into peace of mind and gentility of nature. If not, it will seem slight, even daft. It's a mood piece, and enjoying it is a question of mood, too.

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