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Illtown (1996)

Dante and his girlifrend Micky run a very profitable drug operation in a seaside town, aided and abetted by a host of teens who sell the smack at discos around town, as well as by Lucas, a ... See full summary »

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Nick Gomez

Writers:

Nick Gomez, Terry Williams (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Rapaport ... Dante
Lili Taylor ... Micky
Adam Trese ... Gabriel
Kevin Corrigan ... Francis (Cisco)
Angela Featherstone ... Lilly
Tony Danza ... D'Avalon
Isaac Hayes ... George
Paul Schulze ... Lucas
Saul Stein ... Gunther
Adam Cartwright Adam Cartwright ... The Kid
Eddie Kaye Thomas ... Young Flaco
Ian Marioles Ian Marioles ... Will Noney
Melanie Adams Melanie Adams ... Eristina
Mauricio Conpte Mauricio Conpte ... Pep Lecara
Matt McLane Matt McLane ... Ghost Machine
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Dante and his girlifrend Micky run a very profitable drug operation in a seaside town, aided and abetted by a host of teens who sell the smack at discos around town, as well as by Lucas, a corrupt cop who's on the take. Their downfall comes when they suspect one of the boys, Pep, of ripping them off, and his accidental death causes disloyalty among the teens, who suspect Dante offed them. All of this is perfect for the return of Gabriel, a one-time partner of Dante, who has just been released from jail, and has an almost angelic demeanor and the certainty that he can fix everyone's lives. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong drug use, violence and language, and for brief nudity
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Official Sites:

The Shooting Gallery

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cidade Doente See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Worth, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,478, 19 January 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,478, 23 January 1998
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Shooting Gallery See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Worth watching, but falls apart toward the end
2 April 2001 | by UthmanSee all my reviews

Sporting an excellent cast and appealing stylistic elements, ILLTOWN visits the theme of what happens when people trapped in a life of crime they began as kids are drawn by the normal maturation process to middle-class values. Like much good storytelling, this film starts with vagueness and confusion but gradually gels into a coherent story. The problem is that it falls apart again in the last third, and we are never sure what really happened to the characters at the end. Still, the film is eminently watchable, and if you can handle the irresolution, I would recommend it for rental.


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