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

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Mark Frost

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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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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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One woman's passion can hurt you. One man's power can kill you. See more »


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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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Gross USA:

$422,503
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Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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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: [after carrying Lee onto the couch and picking up the phone] I need an ambulance.
Lee Tran: NO!
[Cray hangs up]
Lee Tran: My father made a tape of us.
Cray: The fuck you talking about? Your father made a tape of us?
Lee Tran: [Reaches for Cray] I'm sorry...
Cray: [Pulls away] What, what do you want from me?
Lee Tran: I have to leave the city.
Cray: You want some cash?
[Throws cash at her]
[...]
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Most Unlikely to Become Senator!
5 October 2005 | by guilfisher-1See all my reviews

For surely this 1992 movie is just terrible. What a waste of capable talent. This proves even good actors can't salvage bad material. I give this a 2 count, for the presence of such as: Jason Robards, Piper Laurie, James Spader and the great Woody Strode in an almost unrecognizable part, and for seeing parts of New Orleans that may be gone at this point of time.

The plot seems very silly. Adapted and directed by Mark Frost from a novel called JURYMAN, it wandered aimlessly between the courtroom and Bourban Street. Spader, our lead, seems to have no sense at all and walks into one setup after another. Can't he see this can ruin his career as a prospective Senator? Wandering all alone in the seedier parts of town, getting out of a car to check out an abandoned truck only to be attacked by our hidden villains, allowing a pick up to toss him all over the place, and not one thought how this can ruin him. Silly and stupid.

Piper Laurie, his "mom" either is high on drugs or she's blind. She never looks anyone in the eye. She seems to stare into space most of the time. Robards yelling and over acting in his thankless role, Parks shooting it out in the courtroom and not stopped until he has wounded just about everybody. Only two cops there to stop him? And Steve Forrest, looking very distinguished in white hair, as the judge, pulls out a revolver at the bench and gets Parks finally. Judges carry firing arms at the bench? No reasoning in this film.

Spader is sort of walking around saying "duh" most of the time. Only redeemable factor is to see Woody Strode in yet another thankless role, but he seems the only one focused in this drama. Charlotte Lewis is the femme fa tale who seduces our hero and then gets accused of her father's murder. Her character made no sense at all. Was she a set up? Was she a hooker? She was so obvious in her make for Spader. Not the most attractive person to be such a temptation as to bring a future Senator out on a rainy night into the dark and dingy world of prostitution. My vote goes to Strode and to the French Quarters of New Orleans which we hope will come back to it's beauty after the devastating hurricanes that hit it recently. Here's to that spirit.


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