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Frogs for Snakes (1998)

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Eva is a legit actress, who also does debt collecting jobs on the side for her ex-husband, loan shark Al. She doesn't want to go on with collecting, but Al asks her to do one last job, finding a missing $600,000 stolen from him by Flav.

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José Rafael Arango ... Doorman (as Jose Rafael Arango)
... Flo (as Nikki Arlyn)
... Jim
... Iggy Schmurtz
... Al Santana
... UB
... Rilke
... Jersey Kid
... Klench
... Quint
... Eva Santana
Zak Kerkoulas ... Augie Santana
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Linda Mancini ... Bartender
... Myrna L'Hatsky
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A group of unemployed theater actors survive by working as illegal money collectors. The loan shark they are working for owns an Off-Broadway theater. As he decided to play "American Buffalo" there, a bloody battle for the favorite roles begin. Written by Soeren Ney <SoerenNey@aol.com>

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They collect for the mob. But they'd rather act. Expect killer performances. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence, sexuality and sex-related dialogue, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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14 August 1998 (USA)  »

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A Trupe dos Farsantes  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$12,191, 23 May 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$20,693, 30 May 1999
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The film's title is taken from the blues song by Sonny Boy Williamson, "Fattening Frogs for Snakes". Singer Patti Smith apparently brought this song to the director's attention; in the end credits she receives "special thanks" for its use. See more »

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Gascone: [Eva left acting class] So when are you coming back to class?
Eva: Never.
Gascone: It's a shame, little Eva. You're the only one I ever picked to make it. You got fucking talent, you know? You got a fucking gift.
Eva: Yeah, well, I got lots of gifts.
Gascone: Yeah, I know...
[looking at the breakfeast menu]
Gascone: ... I don't know why I bother browsing this fucking thing. I know the fucking thing by heart. I always order the same fucking thing.
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"...it took me a long, long time to find out my mistake but I bet you my bottom dollar I ain't fatten in' no more frogs for snakes" Sonny Boy Williamson, 1957 See more »

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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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Blood on White Shoes
Composed by Howard Shore
Courtesy of South Fifth Avenue Publishing (ASCAP)
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When killing for a part is the audition.
30 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

This movie is about a group of off-off Broadway actor wanna bes who moonlight as illegal money collectors. One of their crew (Barbara Hershey) wants to leave and start a new life with her young son. Unfortunately, her ex-husband (Robbie Coltrane) is the theatre impresario/loan shark who pulls the strings of everyone's ambitions.

A very unusual vision of the gangster comedy theme. It takes the generalized neuroses and psychoses of actors (ego, ambition, narcissism, paranoia, etc) and runs the gamut from somewhat healthy to psychotic. People alternate from friends, lovers, and assassins at the turn of an audition announcement and will begin monologues from plays and movies with little to no warning (this will be fun for theatre/movie buffs). The plot, unlike some movies, actually requires attention and a large cast (most of whom are one to two sceners) delivers excellent performances all around.

FYI: has some scenes of graphic violence.

Worth a rent/buy used. Due to its singular style, I would suggest renting first, as it will not be everyone's cup of tea.


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