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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

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: They all gotta' go somehow, doll. We all do. It was all written down more than a million years ago by a very funny god. You know, in the beginning, there was nothing. Then He spoke, and that's when all the shit started. We're just pawns, kid. You know, players. Playin' a part. God had to do something to amuse Himself, so He dreamt us up. I hope He got a good laugh, don't you, babe?
Carol Lakewood Morton: The things you say, Marty.
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Connections

Featured in The Straight Dope (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

MY SILENT LOVE
Written by Edward Heyman, Dana Suesse
Performed by Peggy Lee
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Deliciously trashy tragedy in B move style. For grown ups.
5 March 2000 | by hrareSee all my reviews

Gorgeous people doing grisly things. Family values...IS he sleeping with his sister? Will he kill his girl friend? Remember when slips were risque? Savor the flavor of the fifties. Big flashy cars. Good girls going to Tijuana for bad reasons. Tough women who really need a man to protect them. Bring your nostalgia and your sense of humor. Let the spell begin.


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Details

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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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