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Storyville (1992)

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While investigating his own blackmailing, a young politician uncovers his family's deep secrets.

Director:

Mark Frost

Writers:

Frank Galbally (novel), Robert Macklin (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Spader ... Cray Fowler
Joanne Whalley ... Natalie Tate (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)
Jason Robards ... Clifford Fowler
Charlotte Lewis ... Lee Tran
Michael Warren ... Nathan LeFleur
Piper Laurie ... Constance Fowler
Michael Parks ... Michael Trevallian
Chuck McCann ... Pudge Herman
Charles Haid ... Abe Choate
Chino 'Fats' Williams ... Theotis Washington
Woody Strode ... Charlie Sumpter
Jeff Perry ... Peter Dandridge
Galyn Görg ... Spice
Justine Shapiro Justine Shapiro ... Melanie Fowler (as Justine Arlin)
George Cheung ... Xang Tran
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Storyline

A young candidate for the senate is filmed with a hooker as blackmail. As he investigates, he discovers some family secrets involving his father and their political careers. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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A candidate's private moment can all too quickly become public record. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sensuality and a scene of violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1992 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El peso de la corrupción See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$422,503
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mark Frost first started writing the screenplay in 1987. See more »

Goofs

When Natalie Tate pays a visit to Cray at his home, she shows him key that she used to let herself in through the security door, presumably from when she lived with Cray. The key she shows him is clearly a square shaped key but when she places the same key down at the bar, it is definitely a different key. See more »

Quotes

Cray: You know, I've been hearing this kind of barbershop trash my whole life.
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When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Written by Clarence Muse, Leon René and Otis René
Performed by Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra
Courtesy of GNP Crescendo Records, Inc.
Published by Mills Music Inc/Otis Rene Publications/Leon Rene Publications
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Southern discomfort
4 November 2003 | by George ParkerSee all my reviews

"Storyville", from the outside looking in, is a poorly directed novel adaptation with Spader as a southern lawyer from a wealthy family - the only person in the film with no southern accent - who is running for Congress in the midst of a potentially damning scandal and murder mystery which he must overcome to win the House seat and purge the skeletons from his family's closet. Supposed to have been one of those steamy/sweaty New Orleans noir dramas where everyone knows evereyone else's business and they all have secrets, this film is a jambalaya of murder, sex, deceit, corruption, a couple of babes, courtroom drama, assorted strange/weird characters, token T&A, and even the kitchen sink in a sloppily concocted B-flick with little potential beyond a late night t.v. soporific. Watch this with a nightcap and you won't remember it in the morning. (C)


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