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Tough Luck (2003)

A tense and intricate web of deceit and betrayal entangles Archie, a wandering grifter who is hired by a traveling carnival owner to murder his beautiful wife.

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Gary Ellis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Reedus ... Archie
Marco St. John ... Charlie
Rick Negron ... Rafael
David A. Flood David A. Flood ... Bally Talker
George McArthur George McArthur ... Borachov (as George 'The Giant' McArthur)
Fahnohlee Harris Fahnohlee Harris ... Pretty Girl
Marcus Lyle Brown ... Sailor
Dagmara Dominczyk ... Divana
Charles Grant Charles Grant ... Bermuda
Armand Assante ... Ike
Ted Manson ... Saully
F.X. Vitolo ... Vladamir (as Frank Vitolo)
John McConnell John McConnell ... Detective
Jack Radosta Jack Radosta ... Bartender
Patricia Cheron Patricia Cheron ... Floozy
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Storyline

A tense and intricate web of deceit and betrayal entangles Archie, a wandering grifter who is hired by a traveling carnival owner to murder his beautiful wife, Divana, only to be seduced into acting as her accomplice. He tries to fake the murder and collect his payment, but is double-crossed and framed for the crime. On the run, and believing Divana dead, he chances upon her in New Orleans where he discovers the fake murder was just a diversion for her and the carney owner to steal a quarter of a million dollars in laundered casino money. In a seductive play for trust fueled by passion, Divana convinces Archie to take part in a new plot to steal the casino money and start a new life. In a twisted finale he discovers the true meaning of double-cross in a deadly collision of money and revenge. Written by Aaron Rogers

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There's a sucker born every minute.

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Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and sexual content | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 2004 (United Arab Emirates) See more »

Also Known As:

Cruel Divana See more »

Filming Locations:

Alabama, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Steve Comisar, who played Stan in Tough Luck, appeared in the 1985 X-Rated Film "Sister Dearest" with porn star Traci Lords. See more »

Goofs

After Divana's trailer explodes, the police car that responds is a City of Mobile (Alabama) cruiser instead of a New Orleans cruiser, which is where the film takes place. See more »

Quotes

Archie: I always think of women like casinos. They love you when you are up. They hate you when you are down. They throw you out when you cheat. But still you keep coming back for more.
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The big carnival
24 August 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Not having heard of this film, it came as a surprise when it was shown on cable recently. Gary Ellis, the gifted director of "Tough Luck", does wonders with the screen play written by Bill Boatman and Todd King. The film involves the viewer from the start.

Archie, the young hustler at the center of this story, has been involved in all kinds of petty crime. In fact, we witness a confrontation right at the beginning which makes him get out of New Orleans, as fast as he can. He ends up in the carnival that is run by the mysterious Ike. Archie falls for Davina, the woman he should have been wise to stay away from. The result proves a fatal judgment for Archie who then becomes the object of double crossing all around.

The director should be commended by the casting of Norman Reedus, who obviously is loved by the camera. In spite of his nature, one feels for him because we know his heart is in the right place. The beautiful Dagmara Dominczyk is perfect as the exotic dancer Divana who, in spite of being Ike's lover, entices Archie into falling heads over heels with her. Armand Assante is barely understandable with the thick accent he speaks during the first half of the film.

"Tough Luck" shows a new director, Gary Ellis, showing he will go to do bigger and better things because he knows what he is doing.


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