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This World, Then the Fireworks (1997)

R | | Crime, Drama | 11 July 1997 (USA)
In 1950s, two incestuous lovers, a depraved suave journalist and his equally depraved prostitute sister, plan to get rich through seduction and murder. Things complicate when their feeble-minded mother begins to suspect something.

Director:

Michael Oblowitz

Writers:

Jim Thompson (story), Larry Gross (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Loch Philip Loch ... Marty Lakewood's Father
Elis Imboden Elis Imboden ... Neighbour's wife (as Elisabeth Imboden)
Christian Durango Christian Durango ... Little Marty Lakewood
Sloan Cobb Sloan Cobb ... Little Carol Lakewood
Roberta Hanley Roberta Hanley ... Younger Mom Lakewood
Robert Pentz Robert Pentz ... Lou
Marianna Alacchi ... Glenda
Orson Oblowitz ... Eugene
Billy Zane ... Marty Lakewood
Willy Cobbs Willy Cobbs ... Blues Musician
Richard Edson ... Joe
Norman Max Maxwell Norman Max Maxwell ... Thug #1
Matt O'Toole ... Thug #2
Mert Hatfield Mert Hatfield ... Bus Driver
Rue McClanahan ... Mom Lakewood
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Storyline

Marty Lakewood is a reporter forced to leave Chicago and his family because he had uncovered too much police corruption. He returns to his small home town on the California coast to his ailing mother and prostitute sister, with whom he had an incestuous affair. Being short of money, he seduces a woman cop in order to sell her house. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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Meet Marty and Carol. Two people who are very good at being bad. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The first of two films featuring Billy Zane in 1997. The other was the Oscar-winning Titanic (1997), playing one of his more memorable roles. See more »

Quotes

Marty Lakewood: One gets work readily when the penalty for failure was a clubbing. You learn not to take 'no' for an answer.
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Connections

Featured in This Pen for Hire (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

MY SILENT LOVE
Written by Edward Heyman, Dana Suesse
Performed by Peggy Lee
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User Reviews

You are wrong, Poochie.
31 March 2000 | by monkeydeuxSee all my reviews

It was great. The opening scenes alone were brilliant. The children's interrupted birthday party. The voice-over about it all being funnier than Kozmic Kat. Rue McClanahan standing there laughing her head off, scarred by fragments of the dead man's skull. Dark and perverse. Gina Gershon and Billy Zane couldn't have been more perfectly cast as twins


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

This World, Then the Fireworks See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,906, 13 July 1997

Gross USA:

$51,618

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$51,618
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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