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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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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Rust
Written by Brian Tyler
Guitar and Drums: Brian Tyler
Bass: Michael Nielsen
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Pulp Fiction meets the Viatical Settlement industry.
6 August 2003 | by H57See all my reviews

I founded and own a successful Viatical and Life Settlement Brokerage, having been in life insurance since the '60's. This movie is a very good combination of black comedy, political and sexual satire, film noir mystery, and morality play. From my perspective, it gets better each time I watch it. Those of us in the industry know, of course, that key elements of the business side of the film are completely impossible, but it's easy to suspend disbelief and go along for the ride. About the only complaint I'd make is that the audio is at times very difficult to pick up, and I recommend boosting treble and minimizing bass to get all the interchanges between the two main characters. Lots of luck finding this movie via rental as not even Netflix carries it. I bought lots of copies for my Settlement business colleagues and a select few of my friends. If you liked Pulp Fiction, odds are you'll like this one...and vice-versa.


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