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Ambition (1991)

R | | Drama, Thriller | 31 May 1991 (USA)
Mitchell Osgood dreams of being a famous writer, but the book he has written constantly is rejected by the editors. When the psychopathic killer Albert Merrik is released from prison after ... See full summary »

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Scott D. Goldstein
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lou Diamond Phillips ... Mitchell Osgood
Clancy Brown ... Albert Merrick
Cecilia Peck ... Julie
Richard Bradford ... Jordan
Willard E. Pugh ... Freddie
Grace Zabriskie ... Mrs. Merrick
Katherine Armstrong Katherine Armstrong ... Roseanne
JD Cullum ... Jack
Haing S. Ngor ... Tatay
Mik Scriba ... Prison Guard #1
Randy Hall Randy Hall ... Male Dancer
Maria Rangel ... Female Dancer
Robert Harvey ... Merrick's Attorney
Teresa Bowman Teresa Bowman ... Media Reporter #1
Rick Scarry ... Media Reporter #2
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Storyline

Mitchell Osgood dreams of being a famous writer, but the book he has written constantly is rejected by the editors. When the psychopathic killer Albert Merrik is released from prison after 15 years, Osgood believes that writing down the history of his crimes could be his breakthrough. Although he refuses to talk to him at first, Osgood follows him around and offers him a job in his book shop. To get the right impressions for his book, he feels that he has to experience Merrik psychopathic again... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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To write the perfect thriller, I had to get into the mind of a murderer. Now I can't get out.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ambición sin escrúpulos See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Spirit See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Lou Diamond Phillips wrote the script in 1986, after finishing production on La Bamba (1987). See more »

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Euthanasia?
18 December 2012 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This movie has a very good line when terminally-ill father complains that sonny compares his words to the holy words of God in the good book;the story takes place in a bookstore,often the last refugee for the failed (or soon-to-be ) writer.

LDP owns the store and he fires (why? The reason is vague) one of his employees,a clean cut kid ,and he offers the job to a (cured?) serial killer on parole ;he treats him as a friend,probably using him as a character for the book he is writing.There are many plot holes but the final twist takes us off the beaten path ,not a small feat for this kind of low-budget movie;the only thing which is terribly lacking is a genuine director and a screenwriter who could have used some good ideas with better results.Average.


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