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Tough Guys Don't Dance (1987)

Writer, ex-con and 40-something bottle-baby Tim Madden, who is prone to black-outs, awakens from a two-week bender to discover a pool of blood in his car, a blond woman's severed head in ... See full summary »

Director:

Norman Mailer

Writers:

Norman Mailer (screenplay by), Norman Mailer (based on his novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan O'Neal ... Tim Madden
Isabella Rossellini ... Madeleine Regency
Debra Stipe ... Patty Lareine (as Debra Sandlund)
Wings Hauser ... Capt. Alvin Luther Regency
John Bedford Lloyd ... Wardley Meeks III
Lawrence Tierney ... Dougy Madden
Penn Jillette ... Big Stoop
Frances Fisher ... Jessica Pond
R. Patrick Sullivan R. Patrick Sullivan ... Lonnie Pangborn
John Snyder ... Spider
Stephan Morrow ... Stoodie
Clarence Williams III ... Bolo
Kathryn Sanders Kathryn Sanders ... Beth
Ira Lewis Ira Lewis ... Merwyn Finney
Ed Setrakian ... Lawyer
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Storyline

Writer, ex-con and 40-something bottle-baby Tim Madden, who is prone to black-outs, awakens from a two-week bender to discover a pool of blood in his car, a blond woman's severed head in his marijuana stash, and the new Provincetown police chief, Captain Luther Regency, shacked up with his former girlfriend Madeleine. As his father Dougy helps him try to unravel the mystery, he is dogged by the psychotic Capt. Regency, who has it in for Tim as a car-crash that he was involved in with Madeline has left her unable to have children. Flashing-back to the past, Tim remembers the time when he encouraged Madeline to swing with a Li'l Abnerish couple from down South, the fundamentalist preacher Big Stoop and his Daisy Mae-ish wife, Patty Lareine, whose ad Tim had come across in 'Screw' magazine. It's on the trip back that the car crash occurs, since Madeline is incensed that Tim has so enjoyed Patty Lareine's charms. Except for his father Dougy, who is dying of cancer, Tim suspects everyone, ... Written by Jon C. Hopwood

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A love story shadowed by murder. A comedy laced with horror. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Marca do Passado See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$858,250
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The line of dialogue by Ryan O'Neal, "Oh man! Oh God! Oh man! Oh God! Oh man! Oh God! Oh man! Oh God! Oh man! Oh God!," has become a popular meme on the world wide web. See more »

Quotes

Tim Madden: How could you dig Big Stoop?
Madeleine Regency: Because I'm crazy! This country's crazy!
[Madeleine begins slapping Tim around]
Madeleine Regency: THIS COUNTRY'S CRAZY! I'M CRAZY!
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Real Man
Music by Angelo Badalamenti
Lyrics by Danielle Badalamenti
Sung by Pam Tillis
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A very funny and perverse diversion
18 November 2004 | by triresiaSee all my reviews

This is one of my favorite movies. A strange mixture of seemingly unintentional humor , macabre plot twists, and the charm of off-season Provincetown. I wouldn't call it a drama. HILARIOUS. Patty L. is a real overdone nostril flaring trailer park siren. Ryan O'Neil seems to play the straight man to everyone else. I don't know how he maintained such a bland facade - I guess that's his style. He mostly stood around looking haggard, and so managed to provide something like a foil for all the circus freaks. At one point in the beginning of the film during a scene with his hard drinking crustacean of a father (L. T. is great), I thought I saw something like a suppressed smile cross the faces of both actors - a great moment that I'm sure was totally unintentional. Who wouldn't crack under the weight of all the corny dialoge? Contains the funniest dad and son out "fishing" in the rowboat at night scene ever filmed. I can still hear the foghorns. Despite all the corniness, its all somehow...so...mesmerizing....


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