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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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Taglines:

A screwball tragedy

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,522, 30 April 1995

Gross USA:

$389,503

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$389,503
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

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

Nocturne in E Flat Major, Opus 9, No 2
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by Gloria Cheng
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A Misunderstood masterpiece
19 September 2006 | by TheTwistedLiverSee all my reviews

This is a gem that is lost amongst the crap that came out in the mid nineties American cinema. The first time I saw this film I thought that it was bizarre, yet in some odd way compelling. I have since seen it seven or eight more times and it gets better each time. The humor is dark and unconventional, and the dialog is odd in that it is difficult to determine whether or not its meant to be funny or is simply poor writing, I still have not figured that out which is probably one of the reasons I love this film.

The cast is of course outstanding, which is why I first rented this film knowing nothing about it. It must have had a very short theater shelf life. Dennis Hopper, Ethan Hawke and produced by Martin Scorcese, how could you go wrong? But the truly outstanding performance, and the majority of the quotable lines are spoken by Christopher Walken. His characters name is Kim Ulander, classic, and walken does what walken does best in this role, he plays a psychopath. See this film, and see it again and again and again.


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