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The Settlement (1999)

R | | Comedy | April 1999 (USA)
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Swaggering, womanizing Jerry and his hen-pecked buddy Pat are in a bind....thier clients aren't dying fast enough! They buy insurance policies from the terminally ill.......and bet on them ... See full summary »

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Mark Steilen

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Lawrence H. Toffler (play), Mark Steilen (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John C. Reilly ... Pat
William Fichtner ... Jerry
Kelly McGillis ... Fake Barbara / Ellie
David Rasche ... Denny
Dan Castellaneta ... Neal
Bill Bolender Bill Bolender ... Shamansky
Steve Tyler ... Costar
Stuart Pankin ... Insurance Agent
Monica Staggs ... Real Barbara
Sharon Brathwaite ... Receptionist
Jonathan McMurtry Jonathan McMurtry ... Dr. Van Buren
Joseph K. Steilen Joseph K. Steilen ... Supportive Friend #1
Nathaniel Steilen Nathaniel Steilen ... Supportive Friend #2
Carol Mansell ... Bookstore Cashier
Richard L. Schnakenberg Richard L. Schnakenberg ... Limo Driver
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Swaggering, womanizing Jerry and his hen-pecked buddy Pat are in a bind....thier clients aren't dying fast enough! They buy insurance policies from the terminally ill.......and bet on them to kick the bucket on schedule. But their luck is about to change when they meet Barbara, who has a $2million policy and 3 months to live. Written by Matthew Martin

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Dying is a lousy way to make a living

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Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asfaleia zois i... thanatou See more »

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Dolby

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Color
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Written by Brian Tyler
Vocals: Brian Tyler
Guitar: Michael Nielsen
Trumpet: Lee Thornburg
Saxophone: Michael Todd
Trombone: Tom Whaley
Drums: Brian Tyler
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Terrific "black comedy".........
15 December 2007 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

This gets a 10.0 to offset whatever misinformed voters took it down to a 5.0, and it is a solid 8.0 viewing experience no matter what. Anytime death is the motivation for monetary gain in a dark comedy, it is usually a winning combination (see "Eating Raoul"). "The Settlement" has a creative script, great chemistry between John C. Reilly and William Fichtner, and some of the darkest humor in any film. It's a scam, noir, murder, that delivers inspired dialog without any distraction from it's minor budget. Seek this one out if you admire true "black comedy". It most certainly will hold up to repeat viewings. As a matter of fact I can't wait to watch it again. - MERK


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