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


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


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  »

Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$2,926,565 (USA) (21 November 2008)

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Michelangelo Antonioni, a close friend of Anjelica Huston's, died during shooting, so in the scene where Huston's character is so sad and absent-minded that she can't speak, Huston didn't have to act much. See more »


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 »


Eva Muller: You hurt me, Colin. You touched my woo-woo.
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References Groundhog Day (1993) See more »


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A Hilarious Hell On Earth
24 September 2009 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

Bringing a story like 'Choke' on screen is tricky business and really does require a competent director, like Clark Gregg (who also wrote the screenplay and acted). I haven't read Palahniuk's novel but the humour and world in Gregg's 'Choke' feels very much like one that Palahniuk would create. 'Choke' is a dark comedy. It's hilarious but underneath the surface there are layers of darkness. The film also touches plenty of complex themes such as trauma, dementia, sexual addiction, emotional numbness, desire, love and redemption which are smoothly included within the story. Yet, it is above all a comedy and while the characters appear as hideous losers on the surface, we gradually get to like them. Sam Rockwell is terrific as the messed-up troubled Victor. Only Rockwell could play such a character so naturally. In addition, he is supported by a fantastic Angelica Huston, a quirky Kelly MacDonald and a chronically horny turned romantic Brad William Henke. There's a hilarious 'rape' sequence with Heather Burns. I never thought I would describe that word to describe rape but one just has to watch that scene to get what I mean. The film is packed in a tight 90 minutes but I wish it was longer as I found myself wanting more. 'Choke' is clearly not for everybody but it is certainly worthwhile for those interested in adult humour and psychology.

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