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Bad Manners (1997)

Wes and Nancy are a married academics couple. One day they host Nancy's long-ago lover Matt and his current sexy girlfriend Kim. Matt is a musician and Kim is a computer specialist who ... See full summary »

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Wes and Nancy are a married academics couple. One day they host Nancy's long-ago lover Matt and his current sexy girlfriend Kim. Matt is a musician and Kim is a computer specialist who helped Matt to make some discovery in his science. Wes suspects Kim of stealing 50 dollars from him and that starts tension, intrigues, mistrust. Written by Anonymous

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The teacup held by Professor Harper (Julie Harris) is antique American china made by Stetson called American Beauty. The china was originally sold in grocery stores for pennies a piece, but is now quite valuable. See more »

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Kim Matthews: The quote was there.
Matt Carroll: Yes, just like your 50 bucks.
Kim Matthews: You bastard. You weak... bastard.
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Putting the Damage On
Written and performed by Tori Amos
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Who stole the 50 dollars?
8 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

This should not be the question. The writer's intention was to characterize four different types of people and the opinions they have about each other. Who believes whom? Who trusts whom? And who is lying? And why? The German title of the movie means „Little Lies Among Friends` in English, which hits the nail on the head: This story is a small, even a little sadistic view on interhuman relationships and how they are easily destroyed by secrets, lies and misunderstandings.

I really enjoyed the movie, although it's easy to see that it was a play originally; the constellation of characters reminds very much of Albee's „Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?` and many dialogues are longer than usual in movies. Of course, „Bad Manners` lacks Albee's brilliance of language and his mental brutality, but it's a creative approach. Especially David Strathairn's character is very interesting because it's the most unpredictable one.


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