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The Local Stigmatic (1990)

TV-14 | | Drama | March 1990 (USA)
Two symbiotic sociopaths play obscurely deviant mind games with each other while engaging in perversely brutal acts of violence against victims apparently chosen at random.

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David F. Wheeler

Writer:

Heathcote Williams (play)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Al Pacino ... Graham
Paul Guilfoyle ... Ray
Joseph Maher ... David (as Joe Maher)
Michael Higgins ... Drunk man
Brian Mallon Brian Mallon ... News Vendor
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Two working-class Englishmen spend their free time arguing about greyhound-racing and Winston Churchill. They also read the papers, especially the gossip columns and Society pages. In a bar one day, they meet a film star who they've read about, and subject him to a savage, and apparently motiveless, beating. Written by Peter Brynmor Roberts

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Turning back was never an option.

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TV-14

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A helyi stigma See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Al Pacino strongly considered releasing the film after the success of Pulp Fiction (1994) because it is also about two nihilists. See more »

Quotes

Ray: I could drink you under the table!
Graham: Have to be a small table!
Ray: [smiling] You're gettin' very kittenish.
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References Metropolis (1927) See more »

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A Must See Pacino Performance
24 August 2007 | by pacinoyesSee all my reviews

This short film (less than 60 minutes) of Heathcote Williams' play features a remarkably vibrant and physical performance from Pacino, that ranks with his career best. Filmed in the period where the actor was at a career low point (post-REVOLUTION/pre-SEA OF LOVE), Pacino is mesmerizing as Graham, a celebrity obsessed Cockney sociopath.

Because the film is faithful to the text of the play it can be difficult to watch. The dialogue is so structured and vague that it's easy for the viewer to get lost. However, subsequent viewings reveal the subtext underneath and once the film clicks in your head it becomes a disturbing and unforgettable experience.


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