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Tim Madden
Madeleine Regency
Patty Lareine (as Debra Sandlund)
Capt. Alvin Luther Regency
Wardley Meeks III
Dougy Madden
Big Stoop
Jessica Pond
R. Patrick Sullivan ...
Lonnie Pangborn
Kathryn Sanders ...
Ira Lewis ...
Merwyn Finney
Rhonda (as Faith Cahn)
Edward Bonetti ...
Old Cellmate
Joel Meyerowitz ...
Second Cellmate
Gregory Hodal ...
Bartender (as Greg Hodal)
Katrina Marshall ...
Topless Girl
Sally Moffet ...
Witch's Voice (as Sally Moffett)
Carol Stevens ...
Witch's Voice

Directed by

Norman Mailer ... (directed by)

Written by

Norman Mailer ... (screenplay by)
Norman Mailer ... (based on his novel)
Robert Towne ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

Francis Ford Coppola ... executive producer (as Francis Coppola)
Yoram Globus ... producer (produced by)
Menahem Golan ... producer (produced by)
Tom Luddy ... executive producer

Music by

Angelo Badalamenti ... (music composed by)

Cinematography by

Mike Moyer ... (lighting cameraman) (as Michael Moyer)
John Bailey ... (uncredited)

Film Editing by

Debra McDermott ... (edited by)

Editorial Department

Wendy Heilweil ... apprentice editor
Kate MacDonald ... first assistant editor
Omneya 'Nini' Mazen ... post-production coordinator
Monique Montgomery ... apprentice editor
James H. Nau ... assistant editor
Angelo Russo ... color timer
Anne-Marie Vitello ... negative cutter
Ron Vitello ... negative cutter
Aaron D. Weisblatt ... assistant editor

Casting By

Bonita Pietila ... casting director: Los Angeles (as Bonnie Pietila)

Production Design by

Armin Ganz

Set Decoration by

Gretchen Rau

Costume Design by

Michael Kaplan

Makeup Department

Hollywood Di Russo ... hair stylist
Romy Humphrey ... makeup hair assistant
Don Le Page ... makeup artist
Moni Mansano ... prosthetic makeup supervisor (as Mony Mansano)

Production Management

Michael Alden ... post-production supervisor
Marc S. Fischer ... production supervisor (as Marc Fischer)
Alain Jakubowicz ... post-production supervisor
Jeffrey Silver ... unit production manager
Roni Ya'ackov ... executive in charge of production (as Rony Yacov)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Bradley M. Gross ... first assistant director (as Bradley Gross)
Nancy King ... second assistant director

Art Department

Michael Anderson ... lead man
Valerie Anderson ... art department assistant
Daniel Boxer ... set dresser
Amy Burt ... art department assistant
Jeff Butcher ... assistant properties
Robert de Vico ... carpenter
Breon Dunigan ... assistant carpenter
Jay Fisher ... scenic artist
Jim Hill ... construction coordinator
John A. Kelly ... key scenic artist (as John Kelley)
Loren McNamara ... set dresser
John Peterson ... set dresser
George Potts ... shopper
Tom Walden ... property master
Brendan Watson ... set dresser

Sound Department

Nancy Aldcorn ... post production sound engineer
Gary Clayton ... post production sound engineer
Tara Lynn Howell ... assistant sound designer
Jeff Kliment ... post production sound engineer (as Jeffrey Kliment)
Drew Kunin ... sound mixer
Jack Leahy ... re-recording mixer
Samuel Lehmer ... post production sound engineer
Marnie Moore ... post production sound engineer
Christopher O'Donnell ... boom operator (as Chris O'Donnell)
David Parker ... re-recording mixer
Leslie Shatz ... re-recording mixer
Tommy Goodwin ... adr mixer (uncredited)
Philip Rogers ... sound recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Dale Brady ... Cannon effects lab
Rob Burman ... Cannon effects lab
Lou Carlucci ... special effects assistant
Mike Geike ... Cannon effects lab
John Price ... Cannon effects lab
Jerry D. Williams ... special effects coordinator
Ken Tarallo ... special effects (uncredited)


Rob Bloch ... stunts
Diane Peterson ... stunts
Don Pike ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

John Clifford ... still photographer
Daniel Ducovny ... additional photographer (as Daniel Dukovny)
Richard Foreman Jr. ... still photographer (as Richard Foreman)
Tim Forrest ... grip
Jim Grce ... best boy electric
Jeff Kluttz ... dolly grip
George Kohut ... camera operator
Michael M. Krevitt ... key grip (as Michael Krevitt)
Robena Malicoat ... grip
Udo Mauer ... camera intern
Michael Raspa ... second assistant camera (as Mike Raspa)
Brian H. Reynolds ... best boy grip (as Brian Reynolds)
Mike Summersgill ... electrician
Gary H. Swink ... gaffer (as Gary Swink)
Donald E. Thorin Jr. ... first assistant camera (as Don Thorin)
William M. Weberg ... grip

Casting Department

Nancy Lara-Hansch ... casting assistant (as Nancy Lara)
Robert MacDonald ... casting: Los Angeles
Fred Roos ... casting consultant
Bonnie Timmermann ... casting: New York (as Bonnie Timmerman)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Mark Burchard ... wardrobe supervisor
Rusty Davidson ... wardrobe assistant
Monique Montgomery ... assistant costume designer
Hartsell Taylor ... wardrobe assistant (as D. Hartsell Taylor)

Location Management

Alicia Alexander ... location manager

Music Department

Angelo Badalamenti ... musical director / orchestrator
Andrew Barrett ... orchestrator (as Andy Barret)
Paula Erickson ... music supervisor
Stephanie Lee ... music coordinator
Joseph Turrin ... orchestrator (as Joe Turrin)

Transportation Department

Gene Clinesmith ... transportation captain
Jimmy Jones ... transportation coordinator
Cary Kelley ... transportation co-captain (as Carey Kelly)
Joel Renfro ... transportation coordinator
Bob Smart ... driver
Jeff Verdick ... transportation co-captain

Other crew

Chris Auer ... production assistant
John Bailey ... visual consultant
Wenden K. Baldwin ... title designer
Caroline Baron ... production coordinator
Rob Bloch ... dog trainer
Debi Boulden ... artifical dog created by
Jim Boulden ... artifical dog created by
Jodi Faith Cahn ... assistant production coordinator
Tom Capps ... production assistant
Sheila Colligan ... representative/auditor: Canon
Craig Delaney ... keylight operator
Dawn Dumas ... dog trainer (as Dawn Martin-Weiner)
Renée Furst ... publicist (as Renee Furst)
Chris Hockemeyer ... craft service
Jodi Kahn ... assistant production coordinator / assistant: Mr. Luddy
Sue Kaplan ... production assistant
Joshua Krawitz ... assistant auditor (as Josh Krawitz)
Ruth Latta ... assistant: Mr. Mailer
David Margulis ... production assistant
Ira Metsky ... dialogue supervisor
Nancy Musser ... script supervisor
Rick Nathanson ... production executive
Susan E. Novick ... office production assistant
Priscilla Reetz ... production assistant
Itaka Schlubach ... unit publicist (as Itaka Schlubach-Hicks)
Kyle Seidenbaum ... title designer
Ron Weisenberger ... projectionist
Jane Williams ... publicity assistant
Gloria Winter ... assistant auditor
Joe Straw ... production accountant (uncredited)


Patti Ewald ... thanks
John H. Peters ... thanks
Robert Towne ... thanks

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Plot Summary

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, including his ex-wife Patty Lareine, multi-millionaire prep-school pal Wardley Meeks III, - and himself - of murder. Patty Lareine had left Big Stoop, married Wardley, left him in a messy divorce which netted her a rich cash settlement, and in turn married Tim, whom she fancied. Patty Lareine disappears, and Tim goes on his fatal bender that has left his memory in shards after receiving a letter from Madeline informing him that her husband is having an affair with his wife. Tim remembers his assignation in the local tavern's parking lot with the blond porn star Jessica Pond, while her effete husband Lonnie Pangborn watched from the sidelines, distraught. It was Jessica's head in the Hefty bag with his grass, but soon, another head turns up in his marijuana stash, that of Patty Lareine. We eventually learn that she and her ex- Wardley, a bisexual skewed towards the gay side, had been involved in a massive marijuana deal, a deal that also involved Jessica Pond and Lonnie Pangborn, who are also missing. Will Tim be able to get to the bottom of the mystery and save himself from another stretch in stir? As his father Dougy reminds him, "Tough guys don't dance," and Tim has been doing everything but the Charlston in his attempt to keep ahead of the forces closing in on him. Will he unravel the case and reclaim his lost manhood? And what does an old witch trial and the unspeakably lumpen sleazoids down at the garage at the outskirts of town have to do with all this? Written by Jon C. Hopwood

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Also Known As
  • Les vrais durs ne dansent pas (France)
  • Los hombres duros no bailan (Spain)
  • Крутые ребята не танцуют (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • A Marca do Passado (Brazil)
  • Homens Roxos Não Dançam (Brazil)
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  • 110 min
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Budget $5,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Awfully Good Movies (2011). See more »
Soundtracks You'll Come Back (You Always Do) 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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