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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?


Leslie Greif


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




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)


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.


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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A vacuum
8 August 2003 | by solongsuckersSee all my reviews

The worst movie of all time? It's on the VERY short list. This is the most lifeless, souless, plotless mess that I have ever witnessed and isn't remotely as fun as any bad Ed Wood movie. Eric Stoltz, looking like Bridgette Fonda's twin sister, er brother, laughingly fakes his way through this as some kind of stud. Defying all laws of science, Stoltz "attracts" every woman that he comes up to. Michael Rooker portrays somebody, possibly a Southern stereotype but I have yet to see anyone who looks or acts like this while I've lived in the South. This movies's problem, other then the terrible acting, the lifeless characters and the dead story, is that it knows nothing about places like Tulsa, Oklahoma, yet portrays them with a seriousness that makes you believe that they live there. We find out what the "plot" is about an hour and a half into the movie. It has something to do with white people being evil. The problem is that there is not one black person in the entire movie (other then a waiter with a five second part) and the story is being told by rich, white actors so there is ZERO credibility and is completely insulting. Until the "plot" unfolds an hour and a half into the movie, people stumble around and don't do much of anything. On top of that, there are very few moments to fast forward through. Beyond awful. On the positive side, I did use to like the moody "Keys to Tulsa" theme until I realized that it was depressing. Oh yeah, James Spader is in this and James Spader is cool. That's it.

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Release Date:

11 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tornado See more »

Filming Locations:

McKinney, Texas, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,318, 13 April 1997

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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