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Johnny Skidmarks (1998)

Johnny Scardino is working for blackmailers, photographing wealthy guys in seedy motels. One such assignment turns the wrong way and blackmailers die one by one. Is Johnny the next on the ... See full summary »

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John Raffo
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Gallagher ... Johnny Scardino
Frances McDormand ... Alice
John Lithgow ... Sergeant Larry Skovik
John Kapelos ... Walter Lippinscott
Jack Black ... Jerry
Geoffrey Lower ... Woody Warshawski
Charlie Spradling ... Lorraine
Michael D. Weatherred Michael D. Weatherred ... Ernie Deemo (as Michael Weatherred)
Lee Arenberg ... Louie
David Doty David Doty ... Brooks Brothers
Michael Beach ... Mike
Bill Lee Brown ... Coroner
William Preston Robertson William Preston Robertson ... Earl (as Bill Robertson)
Rick Hoffman ... Bartender
Pat Crawford Brown ... Mrs. Starkey
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Johnny Scardino is working for blackmailers, photographing wealthy guys in seedy motels. One such assignment turns the wrong way and blackmailers die one by one. Is Johnny the next on the list? Written by Anonymous

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A crash course in crime.


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Rated R for grisly violence, strong language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1998 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Dérapage mortel See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Dolby SR

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Color
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Trivia

John Raffo met co-writer William Preston Robertson through Ethan Coen and Joel Coen. See more »

Quotes

Alice: How's the happy burger?
John Scardino: Mildly amusing.
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Soundtracks

You're So Hard to Understand
Written by Bnois King, Joe Kubek & Ron Levy
Performed by Joseph Kubek
Courtesy of Rounder Records
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low-key but compelling
21 June 2004 | by litgeekgrrlSee all my reviews

I found Skidmarks absolutely compelling. Peter Gallagher plays a crime-scene photographer with a sideline of blackmailing men who take his prostitute friend to motels. Gallagher, whom I've not much liked in other movies, does a terrific job as the numb, depressed antihero, unaffected by the crime scenes and accident scenes he photographs until his fellow blackmailers start turning up as victims. The movie is full of deadpanned quips and black humor (e.g., the exchange between McDormand and Gallagher when she's trying to pick him up in a hamburger joint. McDormand, cool and tough: "Do you have a name?" Gallagher: "Yeah. Do you?") The film is not flashy enough ever to have made it big, but the plot and characters are utterly original and the acting is uniformly excellent.


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