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Hacks (1997)

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Brian is a television writer-producer who has to script a 22-episode anthology, but lacks inspiration. He witnesses a strange romantic encounter between two figures on the balcony of hotel ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Stephen Rea ... Brian
Illeana Douglas ... Georgia Feckler
John Ritter ... Hank
Dave Foley ... Neal
Richard Kind ... Benny
Dusty Kay Dusty Kay ... Ira Gold
Tom Arnold ... Danny
Robert Patrick ... Goatee
Ryan O'Neal ... Dr. Applefield
Ricky Jay ... The Hat
Jason Priestley ... The Dude
Olivia d'Abo ... Lynn
Matt Clark ... Bus Driver
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lisa Kudrow ... Reading Woman
Kim Lores Bodaglo ... Mrs. Danny (as Kim Lores)
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Brian is a television writer-producer who has to script a 22-episode anthology, but lacks inspiration. He witnesses a strange romantic encounter between two figures on the balcony of hotel near his flat and decides to write scripts with his writer friends based on what he saw. Written by Anonymous

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satire | independent film | See All (2) »

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Mystery | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, and for some sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sink or Swim See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Production Co:

Rigorous See more »
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Dolby

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Color
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Saw this as "The Big Twist"
23 December 2003 | by silentgmusicSee all my reviews

I saw this a few weeks back on HBO and was: a) suprised I hadn't heard of it before, with such a strong cast and all. b) thoroughly entertained. The dialogue and performances were great. c) wondering how it managed to get two other titles...

The late John Ritter works well with Dave Foley, both skilled comedic actors who seem very relaxed and into the material.

Richard Kind plays a typical type of character for him, but he's good (that's why he plays this type).

I am a Stephen Rea fan (he has made some mediocre films bearable) and thought his performance here was particularly good. He's playing all dopey and whatnot...well, I won't give much of the plot away, but the title "The Big Twist" seems appropriate.

"Sink or Swim"! What kind of title is that?! It's like saying "Swimming with Sharks Part Two!" "Hacks" is more appropriate, and as mentioned before, I like the title "The Big Twist." So, why change the name so many times? Was the idea to sell the film like some sort of retitled Independent International picture, giving it a new title to trick people into seeing the same film more than once?

Darned if I know. I do know this is a good film, not great (it should have been longer) but it is good. All the other performances are sharp, the director is in control, and the dialogue simply crackles.

Recommended (especially to writers)...


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