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Choke (2008)

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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(screenplay), (novel)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathryn Alexander ...
Mousy Girl / Agnes
Teodorina Bello ...
Jamaican Lady
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Edwin's Wife
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Young Victor
Willi Burke ...
Deranged Socialite (as Wilma 'Willi' Burke)
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Edwin
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Detective Ryan
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Viola Harris ...
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Nico (as Paz De La Huerta)
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Shapely Nurse
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Storyline

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

26 September 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Asfixia  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,319,286, 28 September 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,926,565, 23 November 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,982,459
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(DeLuxe)

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

In the scene where Victor played the rapist to a woman's fantasy of rape. In the first angle, the frustrated woman grabbed Victor's hand, which was holding the knife, so that it would be placed at her neck, then proceeded to use the vibrator on herself. Then when Victor says, "Whoa, whoa, whoa, what about me?" the angle changed and focused on the woman, in which Victor's hand and the knife weren't anywhere to be seen. In the next shot, Victor had his hand and knife at her neck again. See more »

Quotes

Victor Mancini: What would Jesus *not* do.
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Connections

References Groundhog Day (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Sakura (Cherry Blossoms)
Written and Performed by Aiko Hasegawa
Courtesy of Sir Groovy on behalf of Arc Music
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Choking on Idiocy
20 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

If a group of dim-witted film school students collaborated with some terminally imbecilic stoners on a movie project, it's unlikely the end result could be much worse than 'Choke'. The plot - such as it is - involves a charmless protagonist who fakes choking episodes in order to extract sympathy and financial support from strangers. This character is also a sex-addict, and in between rutting sessions with various women who inexplicably offer him their bodies, he concocts strategies to extract the identity of his father from his Alzheimer-afflicted mother.

The film is clearly intended to be a surreal dark comedy, but it's neither funny nor dark - it's simply dumb and vulgar. From the opening moments until the maudlin finale, the witless screenplay and direction reduces a talented cast to the level of amateur dramatics. Nobody comes out of this looking good, and it's especially painful to watch the luminous Kelly MacDonald struggling to make something out of such coarse material. Everybody else appears to be mailing it in - which, in retrospect, might have been the wisest course.


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