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This World, Then the Fireworks (1997)

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.

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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 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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Some people look for trouble. Carol and Marty make their own. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bu dünya ve ötesi See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,327, 13 July 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$19,906, 13 July 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Pete Rugolo, the great jazz composer who wrote the music for this film was 88 years old at the time. He was the choice of both actor Billy Zane and Director Michael Oblowitz, who felt that he was the perfect choice for the film. 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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Featured in The Straight Dope (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

STROLLIN' ON THE STRIP
Written by Jimmie D. Harris
Performed by Shaky Jake
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Great Neo-Noir
9 June 2003 | by forecastmazySee all my reviews

Come on, Billy Zane is amazing in this film. If for anything, it's worth watching to see his performance. I watched this film after standing at a Bright Eyes concert for hours, I was tired but just let it go on because it kept my attention, STOOD WITH ME, much more than many modern day pop. films do. It really is a tribute to Film-Noir more than anything. The angles and shots at times remind me of Hitchcock, but mostly it stays within the bounds of Noir. It's like the director watched A & E and Nick at Night forever. If you watched Film-Noir you know the plot isn't always explained with your hand held like many films are for nowadays people. Film Noir was slick and cool. It's not a perfect film but it's a damn good one! Worth a watch, don't judge this film by its cover, actually don't even look at the cover at all. The cover sucks, its worthless, the film itself, is great.


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