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Lesser Prophets (1997)

The police have three bookies under surveillance, but they escape and set up shop elsewhere. By chance, one of the police finds them; instead of turning them in, he demands money that his ... See full summary »

Director:

William DeVizia

Writer:

Paul Diomede
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Credited cast:
Michael Badalucco ... Charlie
Zachary Badalucco Zachary Badalucco ... Charlie's Son
Amy Brenneman ... Annie
Dayton Callie ... Bernie
Suzanne Costollos Suzanne Costollos ... Honey (as Suzanne Costallos)
Sybil Darrow ... Pharmacist (as Sybil Temchen)
George DiCenzo ... Jerry
Paul Diomede Paul Diomede ... Cheddar Fry
Mark Ethan ... Gambler
Larry Fleischman ... Dick
Hank Flynn Hank Flynn ... Uniform Cop
Ryan D. Gerber Ryan D. Gerber ... Mikey
Scott Glenn ... Iggy
James Hanlon ... Plain Clothes Cop
Steve Harris ... Giant Black Man who throws brick
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Storyline

The police have three bookies under surveillance, but they escape and set up shop elsewhere. By chance, one of the police finds them; instead of turning them in, he demands money that his brother, now a suicide, had lost to them. An odd guy named Leon, not entirely compus mentus, knows one of the bookies, brings them a tip on a sure thing, and they bet the farm. Meanwhile, Leon has befriended a kid in the next apartment whose mom is abused by her husband, who himself is carrying on some mysterious thievery. The cop, the bookies, the thief, his wife, and Leon's mistakes and good heart all come together in an ending with murder and money. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for pervasive strong language, and for violence | See all certifications »
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Dennis Hopper, Sheryl Lee, and Jimmy Smits were offered parts. See more »

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Different, Interesting and fun.
22 November 2016 | by stevehoylandSee all my reviews

A little violent In places but without any unnecessary gore and with plenty of tongue-In-cheek humour (some a little more direct)this Is an enjoyable little gem which ought to be given more credit than has been the case. The story centers around three Illegal bookies, their partially-retarded dogsbody Leone, a Hard-working, non-corrupt but easy-going and straight-talking cop called Ziggy (and his gambling-debted brother recently deceased via-suicide) and a bullying stepfather(a semi-pro thief on the verge of heist with life-changing Income) who lives with a mother and her pre-teen son In the same building to the previously-mentioned Leone. The Interaction between these central characters forms the basis of the Movie and the way It all ties up Is very good Indeed. It has a bit of everything and that's what makes this film so enjoyable. Three scenes In particular to watch out for (all hilarious) - the dialogue between the Italian guy sat In his car and the gang-leader he Insults, the hanging of Leone from the dock and the three bookies struggling through the streets In chains had me In stitches! I've watched several times and enjoyed the last as much as the first. A good, underrated Movie that I'm sure you, too, will enjoy.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gatans lag See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3 Full Frame
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