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Black Days (2005)

A desperate prostitute seduces Trent, a recently released ex-con, to help her escape her pimp. Only things go horribly wrong when Trent tries to buy her from her pimp and things get violent.


Michael Urnikis


Michael Urnikis




Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Cinabro Stephen Cinabro ... Trent
Maggie McLaughlin Maggie McLaughlin ... Melanie
Otis Fine ... Pope
Mark Sutton Mark Sutton ... Eddie
Ritchie Franco Ritchie Franco ... Marco
Ellen Fox Ellen Fox ... Sophie
Nicole Walker Nicole Walker ... Angie
Joe Bill Joe Bill ... Jagger
Julia Neary Julia Neary ... Monica
Frank Gangarossa ... Deacon
Lisa Lewis Lisa Lewis ... Sandra
Tim O'Malley ... Mr. Holbert
Nick Doetsch ... Lewis
Mark Belden Mark Belden ... Frederick
Dessa Kirk Dessa Kirk ... Rhonda


BLACK DAYS takes place on the gritty streets of Chicago where Trent, a recently released ex-con, struggles with alcohol and loneliness. Before going to jail Trent tries to help Angie escape prostitution by giving her the money to get out, but money in the end just wasn't enough. Now Trent is out on parole and Angie's friend Melanie wants to escape the same life, not only for her, but for her son as well. Seduced by the temptations of the flesh and the echoing guilt of not doing more for Angie, Trent tries to do the right thing and get Melanie out. But when Trent tries to buy Melanie from her pimp things get violent and promptly spins out of control. Before he knows it Trent is being hunted by Eddie, an old enemy seeking revenge, and his previous employer tries to have him killed. Slowly but surely we see why Trent served hard time. Only Trent's the last person in the world you would want to mess with. Written by darkknight575

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Some days are worse than others



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Release Date:

2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »


Box Office


$17,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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The story originated for writer/director Michael Urnikis when he ran into an old high school friend who had fallen on some really hard times and turned out to be a prostitute desperate to start over. See more »


During the bar scene with Pope and Trent a boom mic dips into the scene for a brief few seconds. The scene, which is eight pages of dialog, was shot all the way through two times from two different angels because their wasn't enough time to do anything else. The sound mixer was made to hold the boom for such a long period of time he wasn't able to keep the mike out of the shot. See more »


Pope: He is here, and it is his birthday.
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »


I For One
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Noir has Returned!
31 October 2005 | by jedikitten12See all my reviews

All in all, this movie exceeded my expectations. Urnkis is an amazing up and coming director who has successfully made a wonderful film on a shoe string budget. This film looked excellent in the trailer and was even better at full length. At times the movie seemed to drag a little, but these were important moments where we were learning about the main characters. The action in this film is outstanding. It's really violent and chaotic but doesn't last very long. The sledgehammer fight was especially memorable. I thought the main character Trent performed by Stephen Cinabro was especially compelling. The grittiness of the film is wonderful. I especially loved the beautiful array of colors which definitely separates it from the low budget look. I even loved the posters. This is a film I would love to see again just because of the great ending and the character Pope who really steals the movie.

Pros: Great look, interesting characters, wonderful score, and amazing ending.

Cons: Drags at times, some acting not very good.

Still I highly recommend this film. It's really great and if you look at it from the view point of how little money was put into it, you'll be amazed.

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