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Simple Men (1992)

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Bitter about being double-crossed by the women he loved, (and with the police after him to boot), Bill vows to seduce the next woman he sees, then throw her away. His brother Dennis, ... See full summary »

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Hal Hartley

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Hal Hartley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert John Burke ... Bill McCabe (as Robert Burke)
Bill Sage ... Dennis McCabe
Karen Sillas ... Kate
Elina Löwensohn ... Elina
Martin Donovan ... Martin
Mark Chandler Bailey ... Mike (as Mark Bailey)
Chris Cooke ... Vic
Jeffrey Howard Jeffrey Howard ... Ned Rifle
Holly Marie Combs ... Kim
Joe Stevens ... Jack
Damian Young ... Sheriff
Marietta Marich Marietta Marich ... Mom (Meg)
John MacKay John MacKay ... Dad
Bethany Wright ... Mary
Richard Reyes Richard Reyes ... Security Guard
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Bitter about being double-crossed by the women he loved, (and with the police after him to boot), Bill vows to seduce the next woman he sees, then throw her away. His brother Dennis, meanwhile, is equally determined to track down their long lost father, a revolutionary who has been in hiding for 20 years. For different reasons, both leave New York and head for Long Island, out of money, and short on ideas. D:"Long Island is a a terminal moraine." B:"What's that?" D:"It's the material left behind when a glacier recedes." D:"Gee, then what the hell are we waiting for?" Written by Stuart Criley <scriley@welchlink.welch.jhu.edu>

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There's no such thing as adventure and romance, only trouble and desire.

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Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Trivia

"There's no such thing as adventure. There's no such thing as romance. There's only trouble and desire." It's probably the best-known phrase of this movie, but actually it's a quote from Fritz Lang's movie Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (1922). See more »

Quotes

Dennis McCabe: I know he's a man of his word. I know he believes in things.
Elina: He's a womanizer.
Dennis McCabe: Yea, well, ah, he wouldn't leave a woman as attractive as yourself behind.
Elina: You're a womanizer too, then.
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Connections

References Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (1922) See more »

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Always Something
Performed by Yo La Tengo
Written by Georgia Hubley & Ira Kaplan
Published by Roshashauna Music, BMI
Yo La Tengo appears courtesy of Alias Records, Inc.
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Small-time masterpiece
27 October 2000 | by kitticat-2See all my reviews

Like Mr. Hartley's other movies, this film manages to balance humor, romance, drama, emotion, and action. It has a vaguely surreal air to it, wherein the events are plausible, but could only happen on those strange, unsettled days of the year when the sky can't decide whether to rain or not. There is also a bit of camp mixed in.

Also like his other films, Simple Men is quite idealistic, yet without being sappy or 'feel-good' in a cheap or simplistic way. This is a subtle movie, and I found I had to watch it a second and third time before I truly appreciated it. It's hard to compare it to anything else except Hartley's other movies, especially the excellent Henry Fool. I recommend it highly.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 1992 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Seabrook, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$141,554

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$143,010
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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