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Paris Trout (1991)

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In a small Georgia town in the 1950s, bigoted store owner Paris Trout kills a young black girl when his brother refuses to pay his debts.

Director:

Stephen Gyllenhaal

Writers:

Peter Dexter (novel), Peter Dexter (screenplay)
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Nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Hopper ... Paris Trout
Barbara Hershey ... Hanna Trout
Ed Harris ... Harry Seagraves
Ray McKinnon ... Carl Bonner
Tina Lifford ... Mary Sayers
Darnita Henry Darnita Henry ... Rosie Sayers
Eric Ware Eric Ware ... Henry Ray Sayers
RonReaco Lee ... Chester Sayers
Gary Bullock ... Buster Devonne
Sharlene Ross Sharlene Ross ... Mother Trout's Nurse
Jim Peck ... Estes Singletary
Dan Biggers Dan Biggers ... Mayor Harn
Ernest Dixon Ernest Dixon ... Truck Driver
Wallace Wilkinson ... Dr. Brewer (as Wallace Wilkenson)
Ron Leggett Ron Leggett ... Glass Man (as Ronn Leggett)
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Storyline

Paris Trout is a vile Southern bigot. He owns a store and is a loanshark. He often sues people, and so his lawyer, Harry Seagraves, eventually meets Paris' wife Hannah. A former schoolteacher, she made the mistake of her life when she married Paris, who brutalizes her. Soon Paris goes beyond the overgenerous bounds of what a man in his position can get away with even in the segregated South, leading to a spiral of perverse insanity. Written by Reid Gagle

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A brutal murder in a small town. A triangle of passion, power and rage.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and sensuality, and for brief language. | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bütün Hayati Suçtu See more »

Filming Locations:

Decatur, Georgia, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Palace Pictures,Viacom See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Originally intended for a theatrical release, the film made its premiere on Showtime in the spring of 1991. It did, however, see a theatrical release in some countries outside of North America such as France and Japan. See more »

Quotes

Mary Sayers: No sir. I told the truth about it. You can make it look any which way now. But I told how it happened.
Harry Seagraves: Yes, well, um. With all do respect, Ms. Sayers. That's what we called the jury for. To decide.
Mary Sayers: No sir. They don't decide what happened. That's already been done. All they decide is if they gonna do something about it.
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A literate portrayal of good and evil.
12 February 2001 | by Jill-68See all my reviews

A very literate drama, filled with characters who can speak like poets. Ed Harris is a Southern gentleman lawyer caught up in a set of circumstances that soon escalate beyond his control. His frustration is palpable, and his quiet desperation makes him a man to be pitied. Barbara Hershey is an angry victim of demoralizing abuse in a stultifying environment of prejudice and psychosis. Dennis Hopper is the embodiment of this psychosis. And these three characters are tied together in a tortuous Devil's knot. A fascinating portrayal of good and evil. Put the kids to bed before you watch.


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