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Drowning by Numbers (1988)

R | | Comedy, Drama | June 1991 (USA)
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Three generations of women all share the same problem: cheating husbands, and they want to put an end to it.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Cissie Colpitts 1
... Cissie Colpitts 2
... Cissie Colpitts 3
... Madgett
Jason Edwards ... Smut
... Jake
... Hardy
... Bellamy
John Rogan ... Gregory
Paul Mooney ... Teigan
Jane Gurnett ... Nancy
Kenny Ireland ... Jonah Bognor
Michael Percival ... Moses Bognor
Joanna Dickens ... Mrs. Hardy
Janine Duvitski ... Marina Bellamy
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Tired of her husband's philandering ways, the mother of two daughters drowns her husband. With the reluctant help of the local coroner, the murder is covered up. Her daughters are having similar problems with relationships, and tend to follow their mother's example, and the coroner becomes reluctantly involved in their murders as well. As the plot progresses, visual and spoken numbers appear in the scenes, counting from one to 100. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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The great death game.

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Rated R for numerous scenes of nudity and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Conspiración de mujeres  »

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$424,773
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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Cissie Colpitts 1: [looking at the sleeping body of her son-in-law] Do *all* fat men have little penises?
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References Vertical Features Remake (1978) See more »

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2nd Movement of Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra K354
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Mozart)
Performed by Alexander Balanescu (violin) and Jonathan Carney (viola)
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Playful, quirky, and weird
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Such an obviously non-American film. I believe this was the first time I had seen Joan Plowright, and she was so good. Having seen more of her work since, I know this is no fluke. Everyone else was also good here, especially Joely Richardson and Bernard Hill. I won't go into any detail, but the movie is weird, weird, weird, and has a dark subject matter without being a dark film. Highly recommended for those looking for something different. Grade: A


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