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Second Skin (2000)

A man opens a small-town bookstore in order to escape his connections to a mobster, but is reluctantly drawn back to his dark past by a mysterious woman.

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Darrell Roodt (as Darrell James Roodt)

Writer:

John Lau
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natasha Henstridge ... Crystal Ball
Angus Macfadyen ... Sam Kane
Liam Waite ... Tommy G
Norman Anstey Norman Anstey ... Hawthorne
Peter Fonda ... Merv Gutman
Ana Alexander ... Sheila (as Anna Katerina)
Andre Jacobs ... Harvey (as André Jacobs)
Pierre Malherbe Pierre Malherbe ... Nick the Noodle
Terry Norton Terry Norton ... Doctor
Paddy Canavan Paddy Canavan ... Hardware Clerk
Anita Berk Anita Berk ... Nurse
Leonard Moss Leonard Moss ... Henchman
Benjamin Ajogri Benjamin Ajogri ... Henchman
Ian Page Ian Page ... Henchman
Lionel Swanson Lionel Swanson ... College Boy
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A tough guy named Tommy Gunn, with "kaos" tattooed on his neck, a beautiful blond named Crystal Ball who's struck by a car and can't remember her past, a sadistic scalpel-wielding mobster in Cleveland, a balding schmuck gambling in Las Vegas, a reclusive bookstore owner in a small coastal town who discourages customers, and the hit-and-run driver of the SUV that hits Crystal: what connects them? Sam, the bookstore owner, comes to Crystal's aid after the accident; an affair begins. When she's menaced by Tommy, Sam tries buying him off. As Crystal begins to remember her past, the question arises about Sam's: why is he in hiding? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A beautiful woman. A deadly scheme. A perfect murder.

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Thriller

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

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Country:

Canada | South Africa | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 2001 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Matadora de Aluguel See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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13 October 2005 | by ducdebrabantSee all my reviews

Pretty decent film noir, well acted, gets better as it goes along. Then a stupid tacked on surprise ending blows all sense of reality. God I hate it when they do that. Sure I was surprised. Why wouldn't I be? Why would I expect an ending that nothing suggested and that negates everything I've seen before? The movie has charismatic leads (Henstridge has done a lot of bad stuff, but she's very good here in what I can only describe as the Linda Fiorentino part), Peter Fonda is sho'nuff creepy as the villain, Liam Waite (Henstridge's real life partner) is convincing as a hit man, and Angus MacFadyn makes a believable hero. There are some nice (believable) twists and earned climaxes along the way. Some clichés, yes (amnesia). But all in all, a very good time until the silly betcha-didn't-see-that-coming, surprise-is-everything last couple of minutes. Oh well, life is full of disappointments.


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