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Sweet Nothing (1995)

R | | Drama | 6 September 1996 (USA)
Angel celebrates the birth of his daughter by taking his first hit of crack cocaine. With the hesitant support of his wife, Monika, he joins a friend of his to deal drugs for a short time--... See full summary »


Gary Winick


Lee Drysdale




Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Imperioli ... Angelo
Mira Sorvino ... Monika
Joyce Phillips Joyce Phillips ... Nurse (voice)
Paul Calderon ... Ray
Lisa Louise Langford Lisa Louise Langford ... Edna (as Lisa Langford)
Sean Marquette ... Young Richie
Raymond McRinna Raymond McRinna ... Office Clerk
Patrick Breen ... Greg
Maria Tucci ... Monika's Mother
Claire Imperioli Claire Imperioli ... Thanksgiving Guest
Dan Imperioli Dan Imperioli ... Thanksgiving Guest
Ford Sorvino Ford Sorvino ... Thanksgiving Guest
Chris Marquette ... Richie (as Christopher Marquette)
Michelle Casey Michelle Casey ... Annie (as Michele Casey)
Carlos Yensi Carlos Yensi ... Jose


Angel celebrates the birth of his daughter by taking his first hit of crack cocaine. With the hesitant support of his wife, Monika, he joins a friend of his to deal drugs for a short time--enough time to get out of debt and buy some nice things for the family. Three years later, Angel is still dealing, and has not saved any money, instead spending it on crack. His addiction grows, straining his friendship and his family life, and he gradually loses control. Written by James Meek <james@oz.net>

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Rated R for pervasive drug use, strong language, some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Filmed in 1993. See more »


References Four Rooms (1995) See more »

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Interesting look at a familiar subject.
3 November 1999 | by Hermit C-2See all my reviews

As several reviews of this film noted, the story of a middle-class person seduced by drugs has been done quite a lot lately. That in itself is not a fault. This movie manages to bring its own perspective to the subject and will hold a viewer's interest.

The main character, Angel (Michael Imperioli), works for some kind of a financial business, but at a pretty low level. He keeps a journal that is extensively quoted from by way of narration. This is a useful device, and not one used solely to make the job of advancing the narrative easier. Through it one gains insight into how easy it is for a person to rationalize selling and using illegal drugs. He tells himself at first that he deserves the money that selling crack brings in. He needs it to provide a good life for his wife and two children. Other people take shortcuts; it's the way of the world. Why shouldn't he? Later he rationalizes the desire to get high, as more and more of his profits go up in smoke. Then he rationalizes crawling headfirst into the crack pipe.

Angel manages to keep a semblance of normal life for some time, but as the desire to get high takes precedent over everything else and as he uses up the almost inexhaustible supply of love given by his wife (Mira Sorvino), the inevitable bottom is finally hit. This movie is commendable in that its main purpose isn't just to see how graphically the squalor of junkie culture can be depicted, though there is plenty of that by the time the film ends. Most frightening is what happens to a friend of Angel's named Raymond (Paul Calderon). While Angel is only concerned with using and getting money to supply his habit, Raymond stays in the business end, becoming a monster capable of any cruelty to protect his own interests. It's a far cry from the buddies we see at the beginning of the film, jubilant over the birth of Angel's second child.

The story was based on journals found in an empty New York apartment. 'Sweet Nothing' mat not be a groundbreaker, but it is a very worthwhile film that makes a niche for itself in a familiar genre.

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6 September 1996 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA


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$22,910, 8 September 1996

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