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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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1 win & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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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 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 »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Final feature film directed by Norman Mailer. See more »

Quotes

Madeleine Regency: [narrating a letter] My husband is having an affair with your wife. I don't think we should talk about it... unless you're prepared to kill them.
Tim Madden: Oh man! Oh God, oh man! Oh God, oh man! Oh God, oh man! Oh God, oh man, oh God!
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Spoofed in The Cleveland Show: A Rodent Like This (2013) See more »

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Real Man
Music by Angelo Badalamenti
Lyrics by Danielle Badalamenti
Sung by Pam Tillis
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One dreadful film
11 July 2002 | by foxionSee all my reviews

What were they thinking? Didn't anybody read the script or did they read it and then lack the guts to tell Mailer it didn't work? Whatever the reason this is one pathetic film. Bad script and hilariously bad acting. It is the bad acting that keeps you watching. You want to find out how bad can it get. In most films, even bad ones, you can find something to recommend it. I can't think of anything to recommend about this one.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tough Guys Don't Dance See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$858,250

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$858,250
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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