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Complex World (1991)

Terrorists, political conspiracy, drugs and bad music. Just another night at the Heartbreak hotel.


Jim Wolpaw


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stanley Matis Stanley Matis ... Morris Brock
Margo Dionne Margo Dionne ... Gilda
Allen Oliver Allen Oliver ... Harpo
Daniel von Bargen ... Malcom
Joe Klimek Joe Klimek ... Alex, the Janitor
Jay Charbonneau Jay Charbonneau ... Klem
Dan Welch Dan Welch ... Jeff Burgess
Ernesto Luna Ernesto Luna ... Hotel Waiter
Bob Owczarek Bob Owczarek ... Robert Burgess
Dorothy Gallagher ... Miriam
David P.B. Stephens David P.B. Stephens ... Larry Newman
Rich Lupo Rich Lupo ... The Mayor
Lou Albano ... Boris Lee (as Captain Lou Albano)
Tilman Gandy Jr. Tilman Gandy Jr. ... Tilman Gandy Jr.
Lucinda Dohanian Lucinda Dohanian ... Maggie, the Bartender


The Heartbreak Hotel nightclub in Providence is having a busy night: the owner's politician father is trying to shut the club down, one of the bands is making phone calls to the afterworld, and a pathetic folk-singer/terrorist is planning to make this his night of flaming glory. Includes such musical numbers as "I Married a Tree" and "Why Do We Feed the Broads?" Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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A Rock 'N' Roll Comedy That Will Blow You Away.


Action | Comedy | Musical



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24 March 2005 | by Machete_ColettiSee all my reviews

You are incorrect. Jimmy Wolpaw directed and wrote the movie, yes.

The delightful folk songs were written by leading man Stanley Matis. He also co-wrote some of the script. NRBQ and The Young Adults also showcased some of their talents here. Captain Lou Albano is great in this movie.

It was filmed in and around Providence, Rhode Island. The club was the original Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel which was torn down shortly afterward. Luckily, it was rebuilt at a new location, 79 Washington Street.

I think this movie is in a class by itself, and is a bit ahead of its time. Time for a multi-commentary DVD with all the trimmings. Why it's not shown once in a while on IFC or Sundance is rather puzzling. It rules.

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28 February 1992 (USA) See more »

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