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Charades (1998)

R | | Drama, Mystery | 2007 (Spain)
A bunch of friends met up for a barbecue in a big house in L.A. They all have something in their past and/or are screwed-up. Arguments, fights, murders and some sex occur in this talky drama that very slowly connects together.


Stephen Eckelberry


Richmond Riedel (story), Karen Black | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Erika Eleniak ... Monica
James Wilder ... Quinn
C. Thomas Howell ... Evan
Kimberley Kates ... Laura
Jack Scalia ... Barry
Karen Black ... Jude
James Russo ... Max Targenville
Richard Hillman ... Tow Truck Driver
Robert Fields Robert Fields ... Paul Curtiss
James Andronica James Andronica ... Sgt. Demski
Robert Hoffmo Robert Hoffmo ... Sgt. Muldoon
Don Moss Don Moss ... FBI Chief
Zoe Clarke-Williams Zoe Clarke-Williams ... Quinn's Secretary
Jann Karam ... Receptionist
Niklaus Lang Niklaus Lang ... FBI 2


Barry is a down-and-out-guy who takes a job at the shipping department of Technoworks, a high-tech Yuppie company. He gets invited to the house of his boss Quinn, for a weekend afternoon barbecue with some of his boss's friends. The party gets weird, Barry plays a demented version of charades while standing on the picnic table, and the next door neighbor starts screaming racial slurs over the fence. When Jude, the widow of the ex-owner of Technoworks arrives, the plot thickens. Clues to past crimes are revealed, and the real reason for the party is discovered. But not before Barry beats the hell out of a tow-truck driver, screws the boss's wife and wreaks havok with the neighbor. And as the title suggests, before the day is over, we will discover who is the Felon, or perhaps the people at party are all, one way or another, Felons. Written by Anonymous

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One murder can ruin your whole day...


Drama | Mystery

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

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Did You Know?


During the scene where Barry has broken into the neighbor's house, Quinn is talking to him over the phone and sitting on the window seat. Behind Quinn we see Jude's arm move the next set of window blinds. However, in the next shot we Jude walk over to the window for the first time and then move the blinds. See more »


References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »


Written by Richard Wagner
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra
Courtesy of Laserlight Digital
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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Great little gem of a film
2 April 2002 | by rob-236See all my reviews

Thoroughly enjoyable little film, which runs along at a nice pace before building up to an explosive finale. The audience are never in the dark here, kept interested throughout and up to speed by solid characters and an intriguing story. Video favourites Howell and Scalia are good as ever, as guests at host James Wilder's `friendly get together'. It was also nice to see former baywatch babe Erika Eleniak in an all too rare appearance, but it was most definitely sexy Kimberley Kates who really gets the pulses raising here playing the part of Wilders wife with more than a passing interest in his mysterious, and slightly unbalanced, work colleague.

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