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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Viola Harris ...
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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  »

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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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Clark Gregg: [hugging] main characters achieve emotional state while hugging. 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 »

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Victor Mancini: Sometimes you have to loose everything before the penny finally drops... or... whatever.So here's what I figured out.We're not evil sinners or perfect knock offs of god.We let the world tell us weather we're saints or sex addicts.Sane or insane.Heroes or victims.Weather we're good mothers,or loving sons.But we can decide for ourselves.As a certain wise fugitive once told me,sometimes its not important which way you jump,just that you jump.
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References Groundhog Day (1993) See more »

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There's Been an Accident
Written by Greg Dulli
Performed by The Twilight Singers (as Twilight Singers)
Courtesy of One Little Indian Records
Under license from Chrysalis Songs o/b/o Kali Nichta 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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