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The Kill-Off (1989)

Business at The Pavilion bar is down so Pete and Rags decide that the best way to get The Pavilion off the skids is to turn it into a strip joint.

Director:

Maggie Greenwald

Writers:

Maggie Greenwald, Jim Thompson (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Loretta Gross Loretta Gross ... Luane
Andrew Lee Barrett Andrew Lee Barrett ... Bobbie Ashton
Jackson Sims Jackson Sims ... Pete Pavlov
Steve Monroe Steve Monroe ... Ralph
Cathy Haase ... Danny Lee
William Russell ... Rags
Jorja Fox ... Myra Pavlov (as Jorjan Fox)
Sean O'Sullivan Sean O'Sullivan ... The Doctor
Ellen Kelly Ellen Kelly ... Lily Williams
Ralph Graff Ralph Graff ... Henry Williams
Jim Woyt Jim Woyt ... Bar Regular
Cesar Pares Cesar Pares ... Bar Regular
Mike Towstik Mike Towstik ... Bar Regular
Bill Busto Bill Busto ... Policeman
Spencer Neyland Spencer Neyland ... Dancing Drunk
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Business at The Pavilion bar is down so Pete and Rags decide that the best way to get The Pavilion off the skids is to turn it into a strip joint.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1990 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Einsamkeit und Mord See more »

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Palace Pictures See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color
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Mesmerizing little movie - perfect in its way...
28 April 2000 | by inframanSee all my reviews

I can't believe this movie was made in 1989 & I never heard of it before its premiere on the Sundance channel. It's a riveting piece of work that's all of a piece: from the performances (the casting is about as eerily on-target as anything I've ever seen) to the lighting to the cinematography. I thought I was watching a Sam Shephard play with some kind of non-Shephard twist to it, only to find out at the end that it was based a Jim Thompson story. (Of course! - 1st cousin to Coup de Torchon/Pop. 1290.) Some of the scenes, especially the two women - Danny & Luane - dancing to the same record in crosscut scenes, are absolutely terrific. This movie beats all the major Hollywood products (including Hollywood "art" products like "Short Cuts") by light years. Highly recommended!!!


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