A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns.
A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi and The Boss. Slevin is under constant surveillance by relentless Detective Brikowski as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat and finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get them before they get him.
After Katrina, police sergeant Terence McDonagh rescues a prisoner, hurts his back in the process and earns a promotion to lieutenant plus an addiction to cocaine and painkillers. Six months later, a family is murdered over drugs; Terence runs the investigation. His drug-using prostitute girlfriend, his alcoholic father's dog, run-ins with two old women and a well-connected john, gambling losses, a nervous young witness, and thefts of police property put Terence's job and then his life in danger. He starts seeing things. He wants a big score to get out from under mounting debts, so he joins forces with drug dealers. The murders remain unsolved. A bad lieutenant gets worse. Written by
Nicholas Cage's character bets several times on college football games featuring Louisiana. The state has several universities with football programs, however there is no Louisiana University. There is a Louisiana State University (LSU) but they are never referred to as simply "Louisiana". See more »
Hey, did I ever tell you about the nigger elk?
Yeah. I was watching TV - the game, right? Renaldo Hayes? He got tossed the ball and he was running with it, he was running running running. He jumped over three linebackers in mid-air. He sprouted antlers! Like a gazelle? Like an elk? He landed again - he ran ran ran - He scored a touch-down!
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Written by Eddie Miller, James Pebworth, Robert Yount
Performed by Johnny Adams
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Some reviews here are enthusiastically negative while others (like humble me) "get it" and love Herzog's film. Cage's performance is brilliant and every other actor seems to step up their game while interacting with him. He never steals scenes even though his character is the focus; instead, every other character comes alive through Herzog's direction.
I'm from Louisiana and have lived over six years (maybe 7, it's hard to remember in the city that time forgot) in New Orleans before and after the storm. Herzog's New Orleans is literally the best representation of the city I've ever seen on film. It's authenticity is underscored by the director's choice to not have actors fake an affected New Orleans accent. Instead, the character's have speech rhythms that reflect the feel of sound of the people who live in the city; a diverse bunch as reflected in the film. There is also the bonus that the character's act like people who live in New Orleans. Lastly, it must be noted that the city is a character in and of itself thanks to Herzog, and he captures the spirit and vibe of a the very strange environment. If the hallucinations seemed out of place, you've never lived in New Orleans.
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