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River Made to Drown In (1997)

Allen, a struggling young artist who once survived by working in the streets, is now involved with Eva, a wealthy Los Angeles gallery owner. Quite by surprise Allen receives a visit from an... See full summary »

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James Merendino

Writer:

Paul Marius
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Chamberlain ... Thaddeus MacKenzie
Michael Imperioli ... Allen Hayden
Ute Lemper ... Eva Kline
James Duval ... Jaime
Austin Pendleton ... Billy
Talia Shire ... Jaime's Mother
Mike Starr ... Frank
Richard Riehle ... Heavyset Man
Michael Saucedo ... Luis
James Karen ... Ray
Michael Kearns Michael Kearns ... Arthur
Michael O'Hagan ... Jack
Lewis Arquette ... Vagabond
Paul Marius Paul Marius ... Turk
Jon Powell ... Martin
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Allen, a struggling young artist who once survived by working in the streets, is now involved with Eva, a wealthy Los Angeles gallery owner. Quite by surprise Allen receives a visit from an old john, Thaddeus, who is dying from aids and has come to spend his last days somewhere humble ans spare. Allen reluctantly takes him in, straining his relationship with Eva, who slowly discovers the truth about their past. When Thaddeus implores Allen to find Jamie, a young hustler he had once tried to rescue, Allen returns to the streets where he must choose between what he left behind and the uncertainty that lies ahead. Written by Alie Heidema <heidema@wxs.nl>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 2003 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Cicatrizes do Passado See more »

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Island Park Films Inc. See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Thaddeus MacKenzie: Why do you turn your back on everything? On the people who care about you?
Allen Hayden: Thaddeus, who do you think I am? What did you think we were? Did you think you were my savior? The rich, charitable man who reached out and saved the poor lonely child? No, man, you were a john. You were a sucker. Don't look to me for caring because I don't care. I'll take anyone, I'll take Eva, I'll take you, I'll take anyone, it doesn't matter, because I am a hustler. Whether it's sex, or this bullshit that I sell, ...
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Extremely disappointing
28 March 2004 | by Tony-41See all my reviews

As a fan of both James Duval and Ute Lemper, I picked up the DVD last night with somewhat high expectations. What a disappointing film! As soon as I saw the "Allen Smithee" credit, the red flag was raised, and I'm convinced the director couldn't have supported the final version and thus cloaked himself in the traditional tag. Richard Chamberlain absolutely devours the scenery (what's with the accent?), and Duval is all over the map. Imperioli, however, is good, and Lemper makes you wish she would do more film work (if you have the chance, see her in concert--she's excellent!). The supporting cast do what they can, and you'll recognize many faces (West Hollywood residents will easily pick out location shots). But why did Talia Shire get a higher credit than Austin Pendleton? Gay viewers hoping for man-on-man sex scenes are out of luck; beyond a few stage kisses, pretty much nothing happens. On the other hand, Imperioli and Lemper spend a bit of time canoodling, which seems odd for a film targeted for a gay audience. Another in a long line of gay-themed feature films, including JOHNS and BIG EDEN, that aren't much more than made-for-tv movies.


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