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Man Trouble (1992)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 17 July 1992 (USA)
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A sleazy but affable guard dog trainer is blackmailed to steal a manuscript for a tell-all book from one of his clients.

Director:

Bob Rafelson

Writer:

Carole Eastman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Nicholson ... Harry Bliss
Ellen Barkin ... Joan Spruance
Harry Dean Stanton ... Redmond Layls
Beverly D'Angelo ... Andy Ellerman
Michael McKean ... Eddy Revere
Saul Rubinek ... Laurence Moncrief
Viveka Davis ... June Huff
Veronica Cartwright ... Helen Dextra
David Clennon ... Lewie Duart
John Kapelos ... Detective Melvenos
Lauren Tom ... Adele Bliss
Paul Mazursky ... Lee MacGreevy
Gary Graham ... Butch Gable
Betty Carvalho Betty Carvalho ... Socorro
Mark J. Goodman Mark J. Goodman ... Talk Show Host
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Storyline

Eugene Earl Axline is a guard dog trainer who gets involved with one of his clients, Joan Spruance. Spruance's sister is a classic airhead, who is spilling all she knows about her gangster boyfriend. Written by John sacksteder <jsack@ka.net>

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He Plans To Steal...More Than Her Heart. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ela Nunca Se Nega See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,034,475, 19 July 1992

Gross USA:

$4,096,030

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,096,030
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A promotional photo session featuring Ellen Barkin sporting a studded dog collar and attached to Jack Nicholson's leash had American feminist organizations in an uproar. See more »

Goofs

When Duke's owner takes him back, he decides to give Harry another German Shepherd Dog, but it's clearly the same dog, its fur has the same color pattern. Even though Duke gets into the SUV and the "other dog" gets out in the same shot, there must have been someone inside who slipped a different collar on it (notice how the owner pauses for a couple of seconds before he lets the other dog out) See more »

Quotes

Lewie Duart: Are you seeing anybody? Just tell me that.
[laughs]
Lewie Duart: What... C'mon, you're not the abstinent type!
Joan Spruance: Oh, please don't judge me by your scrotal excesses!
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ET RESURREXIT
(from "MASS IN B MINOR / Messe in h-moll")
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conducted by Neville Marriner (as Sir Neville Marriner)
Performed by The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Courtesy of Phillips Classics
A Division of PolyGram Classics
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May-December Romance Too Hard To Believe
24 September 2008 | by AnkhorytSee all my reviews

I love Ellen Barkin, 'deed I do, but even she cannot make the romance with Jack Nicholson believable here. Even back in 1992, Nicholson was TOO OLD to play a romantic lead with a woman seventeen years his junior.

I was getting the creeps watching this in the fall of 2008, and suddenly I realized why. The pairing reminds me of John McCain and his trophy wife, Cindy. McCain: born 1936. Nicholson: born 1937. Cindy and Barkin: both born 1954.

It's obnoxious, the way Hollywood continues to indulge Nicholson (and, presumably, equally elderly male producers and writers) with this assumption that an audience can believe gorgeous young women will fall all over him. Oh, spare me. And start giving actresses Nicholson's own age parts like the plums HE gets, or at least, parts playing his love interest.

I like dogs, I like Ellen Barkin, and that's why I was able to endure the movie at all, though I was embarrassed for her being stuck with such a ludicrous part - and one which, in a movie meant to be funny, failed to take full advantage of her talent for comedy, especially her considerable physical comedy chops.

Also loved Lauren Tom as the Nicholson's wife! Again, the age difference is severe - Tom was born in 1961, making her fully 24 years younger than Nicholson and his character - but Tom's put-on accent (she was born in Chicago) and Nicholson's overall sleaziness suggest that she's a mail-order bride struggling to make the best of a groom who calls her "Iwo Jima." Tom, like Barkin, deserves better writing than this.

One star for Barkin, one star for Tom, and one star for the dog. Zero stars for the rest of it, particularly casting Nicholson and for the overly-complex plot lines.


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