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.

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Larry Clark
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3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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Trivia

When Mel and Sid are picking up Bobbie and Rosie, Sid (played by Melanie Griffith) tells the kids she "loves Desperado's," which is the title of her husband, Antonio Banderas, movie Desperado. See more »

Goofs

James Woods says his Caddy is a Coupe De Ville, when it is a Sedan De Ville. See more »

Quotes

Rosie: I'll come back later and give you a blow job.
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Alternate Versions

R1 DVD version includes both the R-rated theatrical version and an unrated director's cut. See more »


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Soul Sister
Written & Performed by Allen Toussaint
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This Larry Clark film deserves far more credit
3 November 2003 | by caseychaosSee all my reviews

I think that this film is one of his best. James Woods eats up the screen. I recently brought the director's cut version on dvd and found it very interesting to listen to the director's commentary. Many of the scenes involving all four actors were improvised and on the spot. James Woods and Larry Calrk rarely agreed on anything and a few scenes are included which were banned in the cinema version.

This and bully are my favourite Larry Clark films. This has a raw feeling to it and the acting is very credible. Melanie Griffith deserves a mention as well, as I not usually enjoy watching her in films, but I think this part was made for her.

A very under-rated film to say the least.

4/5


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1999 (USA) 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

Gross USA:

$1,036,818

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,036,818
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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