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Another Day in Paradise (1998)

R | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 1999 (Austria)
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In the hope of a big score, two junkie couples team up to commit various drug robberies which go disastrously wrong leading to dissent, violence and murder.

Director:

Larry Clark
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Woods ... Mel
Melanie Griffith ... Sid
Vincent Kartheiser ... Bobbie
Natasha Gregson Wagner ... Rosie
James Otis ... Reverend
Branden Williams ... Danny
Brent Briscoe ... Clem
Peter Sarsgaard ... Ty
Paul Hipp ... Richard Johnson
Kim Flowers ... Bonnie Johnson
John Gatins ... Phil
Ryan Donahue Ryan Donahue ... Barry
Christopher Doyle ... Conan
Dick Hancock ... Breather
Pamela Gordon ... Waitress
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Storyline

Bobbie is an addict and small-time thief. When one of his jobs goes bad, Mel is called in to patch him up. Mel offers him a chance at a bigger score. Over time, Mel and his girlfriend Sid become almost like parents to Bobbie and his girlfriend Rosie, but this can't last. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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We live at the abyss.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1999 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Paradise See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,900, 3 January 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,025,234, 11 April 1999
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Chinese Bookie Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Larry Clark didn't believe that Vincent Kartheiser, then 18, was of a legal age for his role (involving nudity, sexual situations, and drug use) and wouldn't cast him until he was able to prove his age. Kartheiser was cast once he produced his driver's license. See more »

Goofs

When Vincent Kartheiser, alone in a toilet cubicle, climbs into the roof cavity through the overhead access hole. The hand of a crew member can be seen coming up from bottom of frame, giving him a boost. See more »

Quotes

Sid: I'm no role model. I'm a junkie and a thief.
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R1 DVD version includes both the R-rated theatrical version and an unrated director's cut. See more »

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A gritty, moving film with terrific performances
31 March 2001 | by mattymatt4everSee all my reviews

I read in a screenwriting book that the first thing a screenwriter should remind him/herself is don't think up an idea and then say to yourself, "It's been done before." Because no matter how many times that idea was used before, there's always a different approach you can take towards it. This movie clarifies that statement. It takes your standard premise of drug-addicted hustlers on the lam and transforms it brilliantly into this moving, thought-provoking piece of work.

Larry Clark made his debut with the thoroughly disappointing--at least to me--urban drama "Kids." That was a film with no intention, characters you couldn't give a damn about and was just all over the map. Clark definitely showed he has an eye for gritty realism, but put it to bad use with that horrendous and profane motion picture.

Now, "Another Day in Paradise" had its share of four-letter words, in fact I think it had more, but that didn't matter to me. Because the characters, no matter how much drugs they use and no matter how dishonest their lives are, were people you can care for and feel their every emotion and just know that they're really good human beings who happen to be geared in the wrong direction, from their upbringing and society they grew up in.

The performances were groundbreaking. This is one of James Woods' best performances. This is the kind of role he was born to play. I can't imagine a single actor doing a better job. The supporting cast was great, too.

This is the kind of film that catches your eye from start to finish. It starts out with a great shot, with Vincent Kartheiser waking up and lighting up a cigarette while 70's soul music fills the soundtrack. Speaking of great music, Clarence Carter performs his great hit "I'm Looking For a Fox" in one scene. The soundtrack is absolutely wonderful, with the kind of songs I love singing along to.

I highly recommend this movie. However, it is a pretty disturbing film, so be careful what mood you're in when you decide to rent it.


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