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Karen O'Connor tells the story about two distinct but related periods in her life. In 1972, she is an up-and-coming Los Angeles based journalist who has been given the lucrative assignment of convincing once successful comic Vince Collins, who is at the tail end of his career, to allow her to ghost write his memoirs. Most specifically, she has the task from her publishers of discovering the reason behind two issues in Vince's life from 1957: why he and his former on-stage partner Lanny Morris, who is still active and well known within the entertainment business, broke up their professional partnership shortly after they hosted a successful thirty-nine hour telethon for polio research in Miami, there not having been any indication of problems between the two before that; and how did the dead body of Maureen O'Flaherty end up in the water filled bathtub in Vince and Lanny's New Jersey hotel suite, the opening of that New Jersey hotel owned by mobster Sally Sanmarco which was Lanny and ...Written by
Director Atom Egoyan made cuts to the film, including an orgy scene, in a failed attempt to challenge the NC-17 rating given by the MPAA. ThinkFilm has since announced that the version shown in U.S. theaters, is the same as the one shown at the Cannes Film Festival. See more »
When Maureen is in the bathtub talking to her girlfriend on the telephone, modern-day blow-molded plastic shampoo bottles can be seen on the ledge of the tub behind her. See more »
In the United States, the MPAA cut the film for an R rating. However, the original uncut version was later released unrated on DVD. Some international versions, including the UK version, are the original uncut version. See more »
Just a Gigolo
from the Austrian song "Schöner Gigolo" (1928)
Performed by The Blue Grotto Band
Music by Leonello Casucci
Lyrics by Julius Brammer
Adapted by Irving Caesar for English
(c) Wiener Boheme-Verlag GmbH/Irving Caesar Music Corp.
By kind permission of BMG Music Publishing Ltd./EMI Music Publishing Ltd./Warner/Chappell Music Ltd. and Campbell Connelly & Co. Ltd.
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Atom Egoyan is one of my most trusted directors. He never disappoints me even when I'm not totally taken by the film. This is a perfect example of that. I loved it and hated it, all at the same time. Everything works and nothing works. Bacon and Firth couldn't be better as the Martin and Lewis, boy and girl act and yet...I didn't quite believe it. Good as they are they're not heavyweights and in my modest opinion the parts required heavyweights. I was sucked in though and enthralled by some extraordinary Egoyanesque moments with David Lynchish touches here and there. I believe the film was a flop at the box office, naturally. Too much of an adult story that demands not only full attention but participation from its audience. I will certainly see it again.
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