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Search and Destroy (1995)

R | | Action, Comedy, Drama | 5 May 1995 (USA)
A satire about desperate hustling, pop philosophy and big money.

Director:

David Salle

Writers:

Howard Korder (play), Michael Almereyda (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Hopper ... Dr. Luther Waxling
Jason Ferraro Jason Ferraro ... Young Daniel Strong
Robert Knepper ... Daniel Strong
Griffin Dunne ... Martin Mirkheim
Martin Scorsese ... The Accountant
Rosanna Arquette ... Lauren Mirkheim
David Thornton ... Rob
Linda Wahl Linda Wahl ... Party guest
Christopher Walken ... Kim Ulander
Illeana Douglas ... Marie Davenport
Ethan Hawke ... Roger
Laurie Godet Laurie Godet ... Model
Randy Pearlstein Randy Pearlstein ... Desk clerk
Vincent Angell ... Security guard
Nicole Burdette Nicole Burdette ... Dorothy
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Storyline

A would-be movie producer strives to convince a self-help guru to let him film his book. As the guru is only interested in money, the producer solicits the help of a shady businessman and the guru's own secretary, who wants to write movie scripts (a horror story about brain-scraping monsters). Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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A screwball tragedy

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for strong language and some violence, nudity and drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Busca e Destrói See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$389,731
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

Martin Scorsese plays The Accountant. Scorsese directed Griffin Dune in After Hours (1986) See more »

Quotes

Dr. Waxling: Just because it happened to you does not make it interesting.
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Soundtracks

Intermission
Performed and written by Combustible Edison
Produced by Carl Plaster and Combustible Edison
(c) 1994 Combustible Edison Ltd. (BMI)
(c) 1994 Sub Pop
Courtsey of Sub Pop Records
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Oh Illeanna, how could you?
8 December 2015 | by nzpedalsSee all my reviews

You are such a good actor, and you do such a good job here, but... how could you agree to be part of such a load of silliness? All your scenes are the only good parts of this dreary, unpleasant story.

OK, the start is OK, but then it gets simply boring. Guys yacking, nothing much happens... until near the end, and then it gets pointless, dreadful and marginally criminal? There is brutal murder, and then... we suddenly flip to the screening of your "masterpiece", Dead World. So funny.

Illeanna is the receptionist to some weirdo who has written a book that some guy wants the rights of to make a movie, but he doesn't have any money to buy the rights, so, he meets up with a drug dealer. The intended purchase and sale falls through, so what does he do now?

There is some other deal arranged and how they get to start shooting is beyond me, it is incomprehensible.

I don't want to rate it.


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