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Jerry and Tom (1998)

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Tom and Jerry are two hit men, they work by day at a third-rate second-hand car dealership. Tom is a veteran and Jerry is a novice in their business, and their attitude toward their ... See full summary »

Director:

Saul Rubinek

Writers:

Rick Cleveland (play), Rick Cleveland (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... Tom
Sam Rockwell ... Jerry
Maury Chaykin ... Billy
Ted Danson ... The Guy Who Loved Vicki
Charles Durning ... Vic
William H. Macy ... Karl
Peter Riegert ... Stanley
Sarah Polley ... Deb
Shelley Cook ... Vicki Torrance
Dwayne McLean Dwayne McLean ... 'B' Movie Bad Guy #1
Billy Oliver Billy Oliver ... 'B' Movie Bad Guy #2
C.J. Lusby ... 'B' Movie Actress (as C.J. Fiddler)
Alyson Court ... Jacki
Graeme Millington Graeme Millington ... Brad
Lindsey Connell ... Sandra
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Storyline

Tom and Jerry are two hit men, they work by day at a third-rate second-hand car dealership. Tom is a veteran and Jerry is a novice in their business, and their attitude toward their profession differs a lot. It shows when Tom is required to kill his old friend Karl. Written by Anonymous

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These Guys Make The Sopranos Sing! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1998 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Lions Gate Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Directorial debut of Saul Rubinek. See more »

Goofs

Tom wrongly states that Bobby Kennedy was killed two years after John Kennedy's assassination in 1963. The exact year was 1968, which makes as five years later. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tom: You want us to take the hood off for a while?
Stanley: No thanks.
Tom: Could be a while, make it easier to breathe...
Stanley: I'm okay.
Tom: Suit yourself.
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Crazy Credits

"For Israel Rubinek (1920-1996)" See more »

Connections

References The Killers (1964) See more »

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Mannish Boy
Written by Melvin London, Bo Diddley and Muddy Waters
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Wry Black Comedy
23 February 2001 | by FlickJunkie-2See all my reviews

One has to have a morbid sense of humor to enjoy this wry black comedy about two used car salesmen who moonlight as contract killers. The comedy is very tongue in cheek as these two miscreants matter-of-factly whack a dozen or so marked men while bickering over trivialities.

The gag is funny at first, but wears thin as we are treated to minor variations on the same theme for an hour and a half. Other than some innovative scene transitions, the direction by veteran TV director Saul Rubinek was nothing special, except I suppose he made good use of a very limited budget. The story was taken from a play by Rick Cleveland, (`The West Wing' TV series) and Rubinek maintained the theatrical feel using simple sets and concentrating mainly on the actors.

Joe Mantegna is an excellent tough-guy character actor and conjures another terrific mobster. He is a tough but practical murderer who takes the task as strictly business and longs to get out of the game. Sam Rockwell is also good as his dim-witted cohort, who begins to like his work a bit too much. Charles Durning gives a droll performance as an over-the-hill hit man who wants to write a book about his targets. There are also cameos by William Macy, Ted Danson and Peter Riegert.

This is a better than average B movie with some acting performances that are worth seeing. I rated it a 6/10. It is funny in a perverse way, and Mantegna's performance is a treat.


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