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Curtis's Charm (1995)

This film, based on a Jim Carroll short story, recounts the tale of Curtis and his encounter with voodoo. Curtis is a drug addict who has become paranoid, thinking that his wife's mother ... See full summary »

Director:

John L'Ecuyer

Writers:

Jim Carroll (story), John L'Ecuyer
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maurice Dean Wint ... Curtis
Callum Keith Rennie ... Jim
Rachael Crawford ... Cookie
Barbara Barnes-Hopkins Barbara Barnes-Hopkins ... Voodoo Ma
Aron Tager ... Park Worker
Hugh Dillon ... Spitting White Trash Thug
Trent Carr Trent Carr ... Thug
Dale Harrison Dale Harrison ... Thug
Brian Clancy Brian Clancy ... The Killer
John Dondertman John Dondertman ... Furry Pimp
Bruce McDonald ... Man in Restaurant
Bruno Bryniarski Bruno Bryniarski ... Dealer
Mary Sylwester Mary Sylwester ... Hooker
KEi KEi ... Junkie
Trevor Black Trevor Black ... Junkie
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This film, based on a Jim Carroll short story, recounts the tale of Curtis and his encounter with voodoo. Curtis is a drug addict who has become paranoid, thinking that his wife's mother has cast evil spells on him. He meets his friend Jim and asks him for help in counteracting her black magic. Jim tries to reason with his friend, but when that fails, he decides to play along and make him a talisman. Drawing a snake on a scrap of paper and mumbling an incantation, Jim gives him this charm. This immediately solves Curtis's problems...or does it? Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Quotes

Curtis: So what's it like, being clean?
Jim: I don't know. It's different. Things aren't as crazy.
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Crazy Credits

No animals were harmed during the making of this motion picture. This includes the stuffed squirrel. See more »

Connections

References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Wild Mountain Honey
Written by C. McCarty
Performed by My Brilliant Beast
Courtesy Random Sound
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Well made drug culture character study
30 January 2001 | by drw5x5See all my reviews

Both Rennie and Maurice Dean Wint are excellent as drug culture participants, one of whom is coping better than the other. Rennie in particular seems comfortable in the skin of his character, possibly his truest work. He also narrates the story penned by Jim Carrol. Somewhat bleak, but never boring, this is a good choice for a second feature to bring home from the video store. At slightly over an hour running time, there are no wasted scenes. The grainy black and white photography adds to the atmosphere nicely.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Dolby Stereo
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