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Skin Deep (1989)

A womanizing alcoholic writer, whose life seems to be falling apart at the seams, repeatedly finds himself in trouble of one sort or another with the law, ex-girlfriends, and jealous boyfriends.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Zach
... Barney
... Alex
... Jake
... Molly
... Amy
... Sparky
... Curt
... Alex's Mother
... Angie
... Dr. Westford
... Bernice (as Dee Dee Rescher)
... Rick
... Greg
Raye Hollitt ... Lonnie
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Zach Hutton is a womanizing, drunken writer whose life seems to be falling apart at the seams. He's still in love with his ex-wife (whose family can't stand him), writer's block is keeping him from completing his latest novel, and he repeatedly finds himself in trouble of one sort or another with the law, ex-girlfriends, and jealous boyfriends. Written by Humberto Amador

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There's a fine line between falling in love, and falling on your face. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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3 March 1989 (USA)  »

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$19,674,852
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The screenplay was originally adapted with Dudley Moore in mind. However, Moore felt the part was too similar to "10" and the recently completed "Arthur 2 On The Rocks." Moore declined the role which led to a rift between he and Director Blake Edwards. See more »

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During the latter half of the movie Zach's beard alternates between real and obviously fake. See more »

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[Zach is drunk in a bar]
Lonnie Jones: You know what your problem is, Zach?
Zach: Yep.
Lonnie Jones: You drink too much.
Zach: Yep.
Lonnie Jones: You're probably an alcoholic.
Zach: Yep. But that's not my problem. You know what my problem is? I'm an addict.
Lonnie Jones: Drugs?
Zach: Nope. Merry-go-rounds.
Lonnie Jones: You wanna go home with me, Zach?
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It's Just a Matter of Time
Performed by Brook Benton
Written by Brook Benton (as B. Benton), Belford Hendricks (as B. Hendricks) and Clyde Otis (as C. Otis)
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Loved it
11 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

A favorite of mine. John Ritter was amazing in the role. His comedic timing was great. He displayed the most genuine emotions in this film.

Of course the condom scene is an absolute classic. As well as when he is leaving the clinic after the shock therapy performed by his ex.

But my favorite scenes are near the end. When he is with his shrink and talks about wanting to kill himself. The pain and confusion he displays was worthy of an Oscar in my opinion. A brief, but wonderfully powerful scene.

John Ritter was always a favorite of mine. He seemed like the sweetest man you would ever want to meet. From what I have read about him, that was consensus from those who knew and worked with him.

I have always loved movies about redemption. And this is a great one.

I bet John is in Heaven right now, making people smile.


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