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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 Mark Chandler Bailey ... Mike (as Mark Bailey)
Chris Cooke 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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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 1992 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Begär, besvär och enkla män See more »

Filming Locations:

Seabrook, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$141,554
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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

Elina: [after Dennis kisses her] You shouldn't do that.
Dennis McCabe: Why not?
Elina: Because I'm your father's girlfriend?
Dennis McCabe: My father's a womanizer. He's a married man and he stood you up.
Elina: You have no respect for your father.
Dennis McCabe: I don't know him. But I respect his taste in women.
Elina: So then go make love to your mother.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Some Kinda Fatigue
Performed by Yo La Tengo
Written by Ira Kaplan
Published by Roshashauna Music, BMI
Yo La Tengo appears courtesy of Alias Records, Inc.
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Hal Hartley's Second Best Film
14 July 2000 | by fandangonoirSee all my reviews

This was the first Hal Hartley film I ever saw. I stumbled upon it at the video store really. Hartley is in many ways a completely original filmmaker. You've rarely seen a film like the ones he makes. His later films have lacked the humor of this one and the wonderful Trust.

Its the story of two weird brothers on a quest to find their whacked out father. A Hal Hartley film isn't really complete without Martin Donovan (Matthew) and Adrienne Shelly (Maria) but Hartley gets it half right by putting Martin in here in a small role. It woulda been a better film with Donovan in the lead. But still well worth watching...


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