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In the Soup (1992)

A neurotic nebbish lives in 2 worlds: the fantasy of winning his dream-girl via a hit movie, and the meager existence he scrapes out from very odd jobs, such as thesping in an arty ... See full summary »

Director:

Alexandre Rockwell

Writers:

Sollace Mitchell (as Tim Kissell), Alexandre Rockwell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Buscemi ... Aldolpho Rollo
Seymour Cassel ... Joe
Jennifer Beals ... Angelica Pena
Pat Moya Pat Moya ... Dang
Will Patton ... Skippy
Sully Boyar ... Old Man
Steven Randazzo Steven Randazzo ... Louis Barfardi
Francesco Messina Francesco Messina ... Frank Barfardi
Jim Jarmusch ... Monty
Carol Kane ... Barbara
Stanley Tucci ... Gregoire
Rockets Redglare Rockets Redglare ... Guy
Elizabeth Bracco ... Jackie
Debi Mazar ... Suzie
Sam Rockwell ... Pauli
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A neurotic nebbish lives in 2 worlds: the fantasy of winning his dream-girl via a hit movie, and the meager existence he scrapes out from very odd jobs, such as thesping in an arty no-budget flick. His beautiful object is his next-door neighbor Angelica, who's understandably preoccupied with her own life, as an illegal immigrant and single mom. Aldolpho Rollo's writing his unending masterpiece screenplay from a walk-up NYC flat, in-between peering at debtors through his peephole. AR's hopes to win her love take wing via another angel, a shady high-roller who definitely has the self-confidence, and promises the cash Aldolpho craves, to produce the auteur's vision. Written by David Stevens

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A comedy about getting in over your head.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1992 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A levesben See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,922, 25 October 1992

Gross USA:

$256,249

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$256,249
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The movie Aldolfo shows Joe, Skippy and Dane was filmed by Steve Buscemi at Alexandre Rockwell's request. It featured his father, brother Michael and son. See more »

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Although intended to be shown in black and white, the film was shot in colour for economic reasons. In the UK, the colour version was released on rental video, but the sell-through version was black and white. See more »

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Hopefully, This Fresh and Personal Film Holds Its Own Over Time.
31 August 2009 | by jzappaSee all my reviews

In the Soup was a part of the 1992 Sundance selection, one of the various efforts engulfed by the wave of the audacious debuts of Tarantino and Rodriguez, and yet it is the freshly resourceful, deeply personal film that either of them have yet to make even now. It is a comedy about a self-conscious screenwriter named Adolfo, played by the ubiquitous Steve Buscemi, who has written an unfilmable 500-page screenplay and is looking for a producer. Wherever Alexandre Rockwell's career has gone since this much-overlooked flick, there is a great deal of clarity here. As an aspiring filmmaker at the time I see it, I can understand a lot more about Adolfo's vision as an aspiring filmmaker than what is actually said. Such a convoluted vision Buscemi has that is relieved and clarified by his experiences.

Such experiences include the appearance of Seymour Cassel's Joe, a fast-talking shyster who promises to produce the film but has his own unique ideas regarding film financing. There are so many realistic scenes between an obsessive, complicated artisan and a simple street guy, intensified by the specific external realities of theirs which clash. There is so much more about Adolfo's emotional state during his exploits with Joe than what he narrates, "Instead of making my movie, I was living in his." Whatever Joe and his intentions may or may not turn out to be, Adolfo now, rather than cloistering in his sketchy NYC apartment synthesizing the styles and thematic elements of his cinema idols, he actually has something personal and profound to say and to write.

A low-budget indie feature debut, originally shot in color but released in black and white, it does not play out like an art film. The story is simple, earnest, real. Even when Buscemi narrates and explains in dialogue his ambitious cinematic visions, it is his character who handles this, not the outer film. There are no airs to the dialogue, and many of the peripheral characters are for comic effect. Will Patton seals the deal on Buscemi's interpretation of Joe and his occupation. Stanley Tucci is hilarious as his neighbor Beals' emotional Hispanic husband. And it's refreshingly funny to see Sam Rockwell as a retarded kid with a helmet.

Reservoir Dogs was an auspicious debut to match, and though El Mariachi hardly compares to the Tarantino film's writing or star power Rodriguez opened almost as many eyes for its generation to the potential of completely autonomous ultra-shoestring-budget indie film-making as Cassavetes did 35 years earlier. So, I am not partially or rationally surprised that Rockwell's In the Soup was lost under the sudden and violent windstorm phenomenon of those other two simultaneous selections, nor do I think that it's nearly as easy for personal filmmakers to remain consistent with critics and audiences as action filmmakers with more common filmgoers' appeal. Nonetheless, this down-to-earth little gem hopefully holds its own over time.


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