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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

Writer:

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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Taglines:

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

Bill McCabe: Look Dennis, the difference between dad and me is that I just fuck with the law; he fucked with the government.
Dennis McCabe: The law and the government are the same thing.
Bill McCabe: No, it isn't. Government doesn't have to obey the law.
Dennis McCabe: O, maybe that's not the way things should be.
Bill McCabe: Who wants the fucking government that's got to obey the law.
Dennis McCabe: A lot of people do.
Bill McCabe: Yeah, well that's why a lot of people aren't running this country.
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Connections

References Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) See more »

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Kool Thing
Written and Performed by Sonic Youth
Published by Savage Conquest Music, BMI
Sonic Youth appears courtesy of DGC records
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Philosophical suburban grotesque
3 October 1999 | by Phil-249See all my reviews

There's Hollywood, there's Dogma... and there's Hal Hartley. The absurd storyline of "Simple Men" reminded me of Pedro Almodóvar, it's visual impact made me think of Hitchcock's suburban nightmares like "Shadow of a doubt" or "The trouble with Harry". It's either a deeply philosophical movie which raises many questions (without providing the answers), or some sort of grotesque (Elina Lowensohn's performance!), depending on how you look at it. "Simple men" is one of those movies which leave you with the impression that there was more than met the eye, and maybe there was. Above all, it's an unusual, tranquil and highly entertaining film with very likeable characters.


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