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The Wrong Man (1993)

US merchant sailor Alex Walker (Kevin Anderson) is stranded in Mexico, penniless and wanted by the police. He meets and joins up with an unlikely couple - aging but likable shit Phillip ... See full summary »

Director:

Jim McBride

Writers:

Roy Carlson (story), Michael Thoma (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosanna Arquette ... Missy Mills
Kevin Anderson ... Alex Walker
John Lithgow ... Phillip Mills
Jorge Cervera Jr. Jorge Cervera Jr. ... Captain Diaz
Ernesto Laguardia ... Detective Ortega
Robert Harper ... Felix Crawley
Dolores Heredia ... Rosita
José Escandón José Escandón ... Balneario Clerk
Álvaro Carcaño Álvaro Carcaño ... Bus Driver
Ted Swanson Ted Swanson ... First Mate
Paco Morayta Paco Morayta ... Bartender
Gerardo Zepeda ... Night Clerk
Pedro Altamirano Pedro Altamirano ... Motorcycle Cop
Anilú Pardo Anilú Pardo ... Woman Mourner
Alejandro Bracho Alejandro Bracho ... Lieutenant
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Storyline

US merchant sailor Alex Walker (Kevin Anderson) is stranded in Mexico, penniless and wanted by the police. He meets and joins up with an unlikely couple - aging but likable shit Phillip Mills (John Lithgow) and young sexy, frustated wife Missy (Rosanna Arquette). The three develop a curiously inter-dependent relationship. Meanwhile, Police Captain Diaz and Detective Ortega are closing in and the plot circle is closed at Tapachula rail station amidst a stack of mistakes and wrong decisions. Written by Prof Robin Marshall <robin@m2.ph.man.ac.uk>

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Genres:

Romance | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caminhos Errados See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Missy Mills: [shortly after having checked into their hotel room] Where are you goin'?
Phillip Mills: Water Closet. If they don't have one, I'm gonna' use the stairs.
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Soundtracks

BLUE MOONLIGHT
Written by Cesar Rosa and Louis Perez
Published by Ceros / No K.D. Music
Administered by Bug Music
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Mini-masterpiece
22 June 2012 | by tsd333See all my reviews

Stand by for a remarkable movie, film noirish in its way, especially because John Lithgow's acting is uniformly superb. By way of counterpoint, Rosanna Arquette, his ditsy partner or traveling companion with benefits, it doesn't matter which, throws herself around with such abandon in the hot Mexican locations that Lithgow and she make a delightful study in opposites. Lithgow is a small time crook trying to make dollars without attracting too much attention as the pair motor around. The necessary conflict soon emerges after the pair take on board a much younger American male (played by Kevin Anderson) who's on the lam because he's wanted for questioning in a murder case. The bubbly Rosanna character having become somewhat tired of her older lover, it's not long before she's rocking the springs with the new man who by day is confined to the back seat of the car. Arquette has never been shy about disporting herself, and here her bed-worthy bazongers are frequently on the bounce. Black comedy turns to drama towards the end, with surprising outcomes. The Wrong Man has been the title of several movies, so it's worth quoting the lead actors' names at your local DVD shop. If you understand how and when over-acting can raise the level of professionalism, then make sure you don't miss this one.


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