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A fortune-tellers teasing rumination sends Edmond Burke lurching into New York City's hellish underworld.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fortune Teller
Man in Bar
Wendy Thompson ...
Cocktail Waitress
Club Manager
Peep Show Girl
Desk Clerk


A man in a suit at a Manhattan firm leaves work on Friday; he looks unhappy. He stops at a fortune teller's for a Tarot reading: "You are not where you belong," she tells him. That evening he quits his marriage and walks the streets of New York, passing from a classy bar to a gentleman's club, then to a high-class bordello, a mugging, a pawnshop, and a diner where someone does listen. He shares his insights with her and later with others. Violence, disappointment, and musings entwine as Edmond loses his moorings while believing he's found them. Where does he belong? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for violence, strong language, and sexual content including nudity and dialogue | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 November 2006 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Submundo  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,253 (USA) (14 July 2006)


$131,617 (USA) (13 October 2006)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lionel Mark Smith, who plays the pimp in this movie, played a pimp (as well as a shill) in production of the original play back in 1982. See more »


The shots of the basketball game in the bar keep showing the same segment even after many minutes pass during the conversation. You see the same scramble for the ball and the same drive to the basket at least twice. See more »


Prisoner: [Inside a prison cell they share] You know, how they are supreme in their native world...
Edmond: But when you put them here...
Prisoner: We call them dogs... Or animals...
Edmond: Yes.
Prisoner: And we scorn them. We scorn them in our fear... But don't you think...
Edmond: It very well could be.
Prisoner: But on their native world... they are supreme.
Edmond: I think that's very...
Prisoner: And what we have done... is to disgrace ourselves.
Edmond: We have.
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Gordon's a genius
25 July 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I saw that movie as a Canadian premiere at Fantasia film festival and and I was fascinated. Stuart Gordon is not a legendary filmmaker without a good reason. Once again, he showed us his "savoir-faire" and his talent. David Mamet's screenplay is profound and psychologically complex. It's a kick in the ass for the American culture that must be seen, especially with the subject treated. What major studios refused to push forward, Mamet and Gordon doesn't give a sh** to show it. You don't like it, fine. But please, don't say that it's a movie to avoid. If it's the case, there is something you didn't understand... As Gordon says, William H. Macy is the Fred Astaire of acting. He's sincere and astonishing as the rest of the cast. In fact,I have no bad comments on this movie

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