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Right after Disneyland opens in Anaheim, California, in 1955, a toy salesman in town for a convention brings his wife with him so they can both go to Disneyland. They stay at a rundown ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sherilyn Fenn ... Bridey
Whip Hubley ... Chester
David Hewlett ... Deadpan
David Johansen ... Auggie
Kenneth Tobey ... Captain Holiday
Paul Bartel ... The Manager
Parker Whitman Parker Whitman ... The Boss
Shannon Sturges ... Louella
Eric Welch Eric Welch ... Eddie
Larry Spinak Larry Spinak ... Waiter
Chuck Swain Chuck Swain ... Hula Hoop Boy
Holly Dorff ... (voice) (as Holly Ryan)
Ruth Britt Ruth Britt ... (voice)
Bryan Scott Bryan Scott ... (voice)
Gary Schwartz ... (voice)
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Right after Disneyland opens in Anaheim, California, in 1955, a toy salesman in town for a convention brings his wife with him so they can both go to Disneyland. They stay at a rundown place called the Sunset Motel nearby. Soon the wife is having an affair with a man staying at the motel. The husband hires a psychotic criminal to spy on them, the wife and her lover plan to murder the husband, and the voyeuristic motel manager is spying on everybody. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Sex, intrigue and murder, without reservations. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sunset Motel See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,136, 26 April 1992, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,708
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Mono

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When the police pick up Bridey at the Drive-in theater there is an Edsel parked there. The movie is set in 1955, but the first model year for the Edsel was 1958, so there would not have been any available until the fall of 1957. See more »

Quotes

Deadpan: You're so damned happy in your safe little circle. Do you know where you'll be thirty years from now? Exercising...
[begins snapping fingers]
Deadpan: ... bargain hunting, 3-D TV in your back-pack jet. You'll have a boss on your neck, kids at your feet, head deep in debt, can't get to sleep. Cause you'll be thinking back to now, going, "I remember then...", but you don't, you missed it, and you'll miss it again. So when you're lying there crying out... "Where is enlightenment?" Just remember how... I ...
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LOVE-DRUNK
Performed by Angie Jareé
Written by Alien Castle
Produced by Doug Walter
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The Title Is Better Than The Film
18 November 2005 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

The movie was an attempt at film noir and while it succeeded visually, it failed story-wise.

For most of the film, the viewer is too confused, particularly in two of the scenes where time and space seem to totally change, and one of the main characters (played by Sherilyn Fenn) has no idea what is going on. We don't either. The film also is too talky. It desperately needs a bit more action.

On the plus side, the colors in here are nice and the characters are strangely reminiscent of the ones you would see in David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" television series (in which Fenn also starred.) Fenn, by the way, is easy on this male's eyes!!

The 1950s lingo and references were fun (Davy Crockett cap, '50s products such as 20-mule team borax, beatniks, etc.).

All in all, however, the best part of this film was the title.


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