4.8/10
1,091
30 user 23 critic

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)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

1 win & 10 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Edit

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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A story of how dangerous love can be. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Marca do Passado See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$858,250
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

According to Quentin Tarantino on the DVD commentary for True Romance (1993), he went to see this film the night he finished the script for True Romance (1993). 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!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Pinky and the Brain: Mice Don't Dance/Brain Drained (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Real Man
Music by Angelo Badalamenti
Lyrics by Danielle Badalamenti
Sung by Pam Tillis
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Norman Mailer goes neo-noir
4 August 2011 | by Petey-10See all my reviews

The story revolves around Tim Madden, a writer and ex-con.He has to deal with two heads of women he knew.The problem is he can't remember if he is the killer or not.Tough Guys Don't Dance (1987) is a Norman Mailer direction, and he also wrote the book.The movie was a flop, even getting some Rasberry awards.The actors do a decent job.It has Ryan O'Neal as Tim Madden.Lawrence Tierney is his father Dougy.Isabella Rossellini plays Madeleine Regency.Wings Hauser is her husband Capt. Alvin Luther Regency.Debra Sandlund plays Patty Lareine.Penn Jillette portrays Big Stoop.Frances Fisher plays the part of Jessica Pond.I read Mailer's original novel, written in 1984, before seeing the movie.I must say the novel is better, but the movie isn't a huge failure.It does fail to be a great movie, though, but it could be a lot worse.I guess the biggest weakness of the movie is the lack of likable characters.There are all these killers and junkies, and it's very hard to like those people.The main character may have some good qualities, though.But anyway, if you've got nothing better to do, you can watch this movie.Maybe you even like it a bit.


5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 30 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed