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Search and Destroy (1995)

A satire about desperate hustling, pop philosophy and big money.

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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

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

Quotes

Kim Ulander: You can't have an adventure without a gun!
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Soundtracks

Moment Musical
Composed by Raymond Scott
Performed by The Raymond Scott Quintet
Licensed from The Raymond Scott Archives
Used by permission of Music Sales Corporation (ASCAP)
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A great movie that somehow slipped under everyones radar.
14 March 2007 | by kodak007See all my reviews

Greetings to the rare few who have sought out this title on IMDb, and the rarer few who have chosen to read my little rant. Hope it sits well with you....

I have to say that this movie is one of the rare pieces of film that shows what can be accomplished with no money at all, or little money.

Scene to scene, moment to moment, it is the essence of what a "low budget movie" can accomplish, it does not wallow in what it cant do, and focuses on what it needs to do, to tell a story. There are moments in it, where you totally don't realize how little it took to create the scene, and its because your lost in the story, and thats what gives the film so much strength.

True enough, if you have the cast this film has, you can do little wrong. But its great to see that each member does their part, and keeps up with the story, and makes it all seamless.

The travel scene to NYC with Douglas and Dunn is a perfect example of what can be accomplished with creative thinking and attention to character. without a airport being shut down to accommodate a production schedule that is based more on ego than need.

There are moments of sheer perfection in this film that i, as a avid lover of film and movies have rarely seen. for over ten years now i have proudly listed this film in my top favorites, as its eccentricities grow more and more lovely upon each watching.

The arc is there, and so is the commitment to the ideas that it presents almost immediately as its thesis. Waxling is the truth sayer in this piece of fiction, and he lets you know right away what to expect.

i remember being up late, watching HBO, High, Bored, and finding this film. It was a huge factor in my interest in film school. The tone is unmatched in my opinion. As it is a complete work, not quirky for the sake of it, as so many other movies rely on... but quirky due to the fact that life is quirky, off, odd.

You can be what you want, you can do what you want, this movie sums that up in a rare way that i have not often seen, and i appreciate upon each watching...

Dr Waxlings comments are gold. All and all i am proud to be in the small group of people that promote this film to no advantage of self, as it addresses many of the same issues that other films like Fight Club go in to in a more serious, bigger budget way.

Check it out. Break out your VHS player, and be ready to want to rewind and see it again.

Really a gem in the wild.

Boo Ya!


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