A sex-addicted con-man pays for his mother's hospital bills by playing on the sympathies of those who rescue him from choking to death.

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Kathryn Alexander ...
Mousy Girl / Agnes
Teodorina Bello ...
Jamaican Lady
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Edwin's Wife
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Willi Burke ...
Deranged Socialite (as Wilma 'Willi' Burke)
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Internet Date / Gwen
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Nico (as Paz De La Huerta)
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Shapely Nurse
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Sex addict and colonial theme park worker, Victor Mancini, has devised a complicated scam to pay for his mom's hospital bills while she suffers from an Alzheimer's disease that hides the truth about his childhood. He pretends to choke on food in a restaurant and the person who "saves" him will feel responsible for Victor for the rest of their lives. Written by Anonymous

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From the author of Fight Club

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Comedy | Drama

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

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26 September 2008 (USA)  »

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Asfixia  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,319,286 (USA) (26 September 2008)

Gross:

$2,926,565 (USA) (21 November 2008)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was finished 3 days before its screening at Sundance. See more »

Goofs

When Victor is attempting to feed his mother cannelloni in their first meeting scene, the camera changes angle and she is not wearing the napkins he previously placed under her chin. When the camera moves back to another angle the napkins have miraculously returned. See more »

Quotes

Victor Mancini: I wish I could say I left the circuit completely behind me, but that wouldn't be entirely true.
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Connections

Referenced in Conan: Dragonpuncher 3: The Punchening (2011) See more »

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Mellow Samba
Written and Performed by Smokey Hormel
Published by Showpoodle Music (BMI)
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A movie a mature audience will enjoy
8 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Chuck Palahniuk appeals to a younger audience? I thought this movie was very well written, very well acted and dark and disturbing. I will add this book to my must read.

I guess I'm a Sam Rockwell fan, and the reason I desperately wanted to watch this movie and it was only after watching it did I realize this was based on a book. The movie stands alone very well. I just can't stop thinking about it. I never believed Victor (Sam Rockwell) to be a disgusting human being, I saw him as flawed, horribly flawed, misunderstood, imperfect and what else can you expect when your mother was completely insane.

I thought Choke was a phenomenal movie, with amazing depth of character and insight about mental illness. Victor is a sex addict, so there is an awful lot of sex in the movie - if this bothers you, then do not bother. You will need an open mind to enjoy this movie.

The comments here on IMDb are extremely disappointing, so please do not bother reading them.


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