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Mahogany Sunrise (2014)

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A struggling musician falls for a charismatic burlesque dancer while getting entangled with hired guns and a border town gang bent on killing him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Denise Downs ...
Drew Whelpley ...
Larry Sands ...
Alex Moglan ...
Elmo Ramos ...
Jean Marie Konieczny ...
Jamye Cox ...
Brian Douglas ...
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After being sent to a border town for work, Jackson a disheartened IT guy who longs to be a musician stumbles upon a stash of loot. Thinking he's hit the jackpot he takes it but soon learns that his new found fortune comes with a price when he finds himself on the run from two ruthless hitmen. He later meets and falls for a charismatic burlesque dancer named Mercedes. Things take a turn for the worse when he gets entangled with her ex Chato and his gang after they get wind of the money. What follows is a high stakes cat and mouse game with everyone vying for the bag of money. Jackson and Mercedes are two star-crossed strangers that happen to meet, inspire each other and fall in love. In the end their love must survive greed and the relentless pursuit of those that want to kill them. Written by R. Scott Leisk

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

5 April 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gang Money Run  »

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2.35 : 1
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The original title Mahogany Sunrise meant so much more in the screenplay referencing sunsets and sunrises that reflected each characters favorite times of day and outlooks on life. Jackson preferred sunsets as a time to reflect whereas, Mercedes preferred sunrise as a new beginning. This was taken out during production and Mahogany Sunrise became Mercedes' stage name. The title was later changed to Gang Money Run by the distributor. See more »


Lester Freemont: [Lester and Morelli sit in the empty chairs at their table] So. Who do we have here?
John Morrison: [snaps his fingers] You guys are the managers.
[turns to Jackson]
John Morrison: Told you this was a classy place.
[to Lester and Morelli]
John Morrison: Guys the talent in this establishment is on par with some of the finest reviews I've been privileged to see across these 48 states. The service splendid.
[picking up his glass of Jack and Coke]
John Morrison: The drinks are a little weak. Now this was supposed to be a
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I simply cannot understand the hate this movie is getting. It is a solid neo-noir/romance
14 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film's international premiere at the 6th UCFF Film Festival in Dublin, Ireland yesterday and was pleasantly surprised.

I do however believe that the production company that the director Scott Leisk partnered with in order to get the film made and distributed (Mutt Productions), have short changed the material by heavily pushing the action movie angle for nakedly commercial reasons.

The marketing artwork and the new title (the original title was the much better, 'Mahogany Sunrise') betray what this movie ultimately is at it's core, and that is a character driven, romantic neo-noir adventure.

Those expecting a straight forward action shoot-em up would no doubt be disappointed. This is NOT that movie. Although it utilizes a store of different genre tropes, it at least uses them in interesting ways.

The director said at the Q & A that the total budget including cash and favors amounted to about $65,000.00. Knowing what it takes to make a movie myself, I thought that they managed to get maximum bang for their buck - It is all on screen! I cannot accept some of the above comments about the casting. Really? The quality of the performers are one of the movie's strongest suits and the characters are believable across the board. Yes we may have seen these type of characters before, but the key thing about noir's & neo-noirs is that the characters are all meant to be desperately flawed in some way, or if you are being unkind you would say that they are 'stupid, greedy and endlessly needy' people doing dumb things and making a thousand wrong decisions which look absurd to the audience. What audiences need to try and understand is that it is an essential element of all good noirs/neo-noirs that the characters suffer from these critical lacks of self-awareness because if they didn't go bumbling repeatedly into these kind of situations, then they just wouldn't be 'noir' enough! - and make no mistake, 'Mahogany Sunrise' is a highly accomplished low budget noir.

Apparently, the incoherence that was refereed to in one of the previous reviews was partially down to the removal of a key scene, which the producers removed for 'commercial' reasons. I have since watched the scene in question on vimeo and I hope that Scott manages to get his "Director's Cut' out there. It deserves to be seen as it was initially intended, but even in this compromised state, the film is highly entertaining with no slack. However, I personally wished that it was longer, because in this particular case, it needed to be.

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