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The Maker (1997)

Josh is a high school guy who lives with adoptive parents and is involved in little crimes with his friends (including young lesbian Bella). Suddenly his elder brother Walter comes out of ... See full summary »

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Tim Hunter

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Rand Ravich
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Modine ... Walter Schmeiss
Mary-Louise Parker ... Officer Emily Peck
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Josh Minnell
Fairuza Balk ... Bella Sotto
Michael Madsen ... Skarney
Jesse Borrego ... Felice A. Beato
Kate McGregor-Stewart ... Mother Minnell
Lawrence Pressman ... Father Minnell
Jeff Kober ... Rubicon Beziqui
Matthew David James Matthew David James ... Ike
Marc Worden ... Simon
Joel McKinnon Miller ... Customs Officer
Robert Gossett ... Partner
Kimberly Wallis ... Saleswoman
Kate Murtagh ... Large Matron
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Storyline

Josh is a high school guy who lives with adoptive parents and is involved in little crimes with his friends (including young lesbian Bella). Suddenly his elder brother Walter comes out of the blue (he left home 10 years ago when he was 18 and was never heard during these years). After that Walter starts to involve Josh in various new criminal activities, including robbery. Written by Anonymous

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Macher See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

As Josh leaves the bar and walks towards his car, a cameraman can be seen in the reflection of his car. See more »

Quotes

Walter: Come on, college boy. Do the smart thing.
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Connections

References Death Race 2000 (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

AT MY KNEES
Performed by Quinine
Written by Philip Stevenson
Published by Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc. (BMI)
Courtesy of Bong Load Custom Records by arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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There were good parts, but not my kind of film overall
26 September 2004 | by vchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

Josh is turning 18 and hanging out with a bad crowd. They do drugs, drive recklessly and even steal from the U. S. Mail. His brother Walter has been gone for a while and he comes back hoping to make amends for leaving the family. Josh has what seems like a brother-sister relationship with Bella, but he really wants Emily, a cop who is several years older.

Josh's parents died when he was very young, and he was adopted by the Minnells. Walter (who has gone back to his original name Schmeiss) knows the full story, which Josh has never heard, and what happened to them may explain why both brothers turned out the way they did.

'The Maker' is the one who makes the rules in a given situation. Josh has that opportunity when he helps Walter and Felice in their 'transfer and storage' business.

I think of the pleasant character from 'What the Deaf Man Heard' when I think of Matthew Modine. However, he can play bad guys too, and he made Walter likable and not really evil. As a con artist, Walter had to be quite a good actor too. I thought most of the lead actors gave good performances. Still, the movie was quite dark at times, and somewhat violent toward the end. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers effectively showed a young man having to make important moral decisions as he reached a point where he could have gone down the wrong road.

It was a worthwhile film, if you like this sort of thing.


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