A man pursues stand-up comedy encouraged by his fellow garbage man. Though his friend, who accompanies him on accordion, continues to tell him how great he is, he actually stinks. When the ... See full summary »

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Adam Rifkin

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Adam Rifkin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Judd Nelson ... Marty Malt
Bill Paxton ... Gus
Wayne Newton ... Jackie Chrome
Lara Flynn Boyle ... Rosarita
James Caan ... Doctor Scurvy
Rob Lowe ... Dirk Delta
King Moody ... Twinkee Doodle
Claudia Christian ... Kitty
Danny Dayton ... Syd
Carrie Lynn Carrie Lynn ... Nicolette
Anna Berger ... Mrs. Malt
Lydell M. Cheshier Lydell M. Cheshier ... Dexter
Tom Hodges ... Marjorie Zipp
Theodocia Goodrich Theodocia Goodrich ... Mrs. Bielfuss
Laurianne Jameson Laurianne Jameson ... Shirley
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A man pursues stand-up comedy encouraged by his fellow garbage man. Though his friend, who accompanies him on accordion, continues to tell him how great he is, he actually stinks. When the "comedian" grows a third arm out of his back, the friend uses this twist to get him signed up with a sleazy talent agent, and it begins to look like his career is on the move, even though his girlfriend has left him. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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It's the world inside out.

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Comedy

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Rated R for brief scenes of bizarre, comic sensuality | See all certifications »

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Director Adam Rifkin wrote the screenplay when he was nineteen-years-old. See more »

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Gus: I will laugh SO hard, my stomach will burst open and spray bile all over the stage!
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Three thumbs up, one from each arm........
26 September 2007 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

Part fable, part nightmare, part black comedy, part cult film, and a whole lot of fun, is how I would describe "The Dark Backward". Way up there on the "strange scale", Wayne Newton, Bill Paxton, Judd Nelson and the rest of a perfect cast project their enthusiasm in every scene. Obviously aimed squarely at the "midnight movie" crowd, it hits a bullseye with the target audience. Mainstream comedy "Wedding Crashers" viewers are warned to avoid at all costs. Highly recommended to admirers of filmmakers who would dare to be different, take risks, and produce a movie looking for a specific audience. Give "The Dark Backward" three thumbs up, one from each arm. - MERK


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1991 (USA) See more »

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The Dark Backward See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,917, 28 July 1991

Gross USA:

$28,654

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,654
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Backward Films See more »
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Dolby
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