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Skin Deep is a psychological thriller about love, sex, race, and betrayal.


Sacha Parisot
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Cast overview:
Mailon Rivera ... Anthony
Steve White ... Michael
Kristen Shaw ... Victoria
Debra Wilson ... Alex
A.J. Johnson ... Sarah
Jon Read ... Sergeant Weiss


The two black men (Anthony and Michael) are successful in the high tech world of Silicon Valley, and have known each other since childhood. The story takes place over the course of a day, when the couples get together for an afternoon of dining, drinking, and hot tubbing. Later, one of the wives is found dead in the hot tub, setting off a series of events that reveal their inner beliefs. Things turn dark as racism, paranoia, and the mistress come into play. This results in more deaths, until the ultimate realization that your thoughts and actions are more important than the color of your skin. Written by jazzmyne

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality and language, and some violence


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Release Date:

19 June 2003 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Prunedale, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$400,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Tense, Tight, Taut Film
13 March 2006 | by MagicStarfireSee all my reviews

This is an excellent film, I am completely mystified and baffled by the low ratings it has received thus far.

It has solid characterizations, good acting, well written dialog, and a cohesive storyline that builds and brings quite a few surprises.

The only reason I gave it 9 stars rather than 10 is because -- how one of the characters met her demise is never really answered, nor why Anthony and Victoria have the sex problem that they have, but other than that, the film is very good.

We do get a hint as to what might be the problem when Anthony's boyhood pal, Michael and his wife, Sarah show up for an afternoon visit.

The visit consists of some racial bickering between Anthony's white wife, Victoria and Anthony's boyhood pal, Michael. Some revealing traits of the various characters are shown amidst a lot of drinking, and some extremely spicy romping in the hot tub.

A neighbor calls complaining about too much noise, and the police show up at the door. Michael is the one to answer the door, and he becomes rather abrasive towards the cop.

Shortly after this encounter, someone is discovered drown in the hot tub, and the situation escalates.

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