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Keys to Tulsa (1997)

Richter is a lazy son of a wealthy woman, who's put up with too much so no more money. He's about to lose his local newspaper job arranged by his mom. Richter owes money to a violent drug dealer/blackmailer but sees his wife. Death wish?

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Leslie Greif

Writers:

Brian Fair Berkey (novel), Harley Peyton (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Stoltz ... Richter Boudreau
James Spader ... Ronnie Stover
Deborah Kara Unger ... Vicky Michaels Stover
Joanna Going ... Cherry
Michael Rooker ... Keith Michaels
Randy Graff ... Louise Brinkman
Mary Tyler Moore ... Cynthia Boudreau
James Coburn ... Harmon Shaw
Peter Strauss ... Chip Carlson
Cameron Diaz ... Trudy
Dennis Letts ... Preston Liddy
Josh Ridgway Josh Ridgway ... Billy Boudreau
Marco Perella ... Bedford Shaw
George Greif George Greif ... Bartender
Doran Ingram Doran Ingram ... Tattoo Man (as Doran Ingrham)
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Storyline

Richter Boudreau, the son of local celebrity Cynthia, is not very successful and works as a film critic for a local newspaper. In a short time he loses his job and his heritage, and one of his "friends" starts to blackmail him. His only hope is that others around him are even bigger dummies. Written by Anonymous

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Two men taken by one woman.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tornado See more »

Filming Locations:

McKinney, Texas, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The last film to be produced by ITC. See more »

Quotes

Keith: Never trust anything that bleeds for five days and doesn't die.
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Alternate Versions

Also available in an unrated version that runs 3 minutes longer. See more »


Soundtracks

Borrowed Love
Written by Chris Duarte and John Jordan
Performed by Chris Duarte Group
Courtesy of Silvertone Records
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Cute, but ambitious
1 August 2001 | by ewennickSee all my reviews

Keys To Tulsa spends most of its two-hour length teetering on the brink of being a convoluted mess, but the wit and charm of the script and the cast combine to make it a worthwhile watch. Eric Stoltz is hilarious as the hapless Richter, delivering some great one-liners and generally appearing to enjoy the hell out of most of the movie despite his character's fairly pathetic situation. There are a lot of characters with a lot of back story in Keys To Tulsa, and at times it's easy to forget who has done what to whom. (There are also three characters named Richter, Victor and Vicki in this movie, which may work on paper, but phonetically it's a little jarring, and there's no apparent reason for them to have such similar-sounding names.) Overall, though, it works as kind of a slapsticky film noir. Mary Tyler Moore is a scream as Richter's mother, and Michael Rooker is reliably freaky as Richter's childhood friend. Give this one a shot. It's not what you'd call high art, but it's a lot of fun.


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