6.5/10
30,768
80 user 158 critic

Choke (2008)

Trailer
2:09 | Trailer
A sex-addicted con-man pays for his mother's hospital bills by playing on the sympathies of those who rescue him from choking to death.

Director:

Clark Gregg

Writers:

Clark Gregg (screenplay), Chuck Palahniuk (novel)
2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Choke (1999)
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The fight ends when someone quits or is knocked unconscious. Don't look to the referee for help. If you get into trouble, your opponent will break your elbow, knee you in the head, or choke... See full summary »

Director: Robert Raphael Goodman
Stars: Dale Cook, Wayne Emons, Gerard Gordeau
Thriller

When reporter Carl Streator discovers that unsuspecting readers are reading a culling song from a book Poems and Rhymes and accidentally killing their children, he undertakes a desperate ... See full summary »

Director: Andy Mingo
Biography | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An adaptation of the cult memoir of game show impresario Chuck Barris, in which he purports to have been a CIA hitman.

Director: George Clooney
Stars: Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore, George Clooney
Safe Men (1998)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Two untalented singers are mistaken for a pair of major league safe crackers in Providence, Rhode Island. The two are pressed into service by the local hoodlums and quickly find themselves ... See full summary »

Director: John Hamburg
Stars: Sam Rockwell, Steve Zahn, Michael Lerner
Lawn Dogs (1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

When Devon, a 10-year-old girl, forges a friendship with Trent, a 21-year-old outsider who mows the neighborhood lawns, things suddenly get very complicated and private.

Director: John Duigan
Stars: Sam Rockwell, Kathleen Quinlan, Mischa Barton
Trust Me (2013)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In an attempt to sign a Hollywood starlet, struggling talent agent and former child star Howard Holloway must contend with her volatile father, a scheming long-time rival, and a producer and casting director who despise him.

Director: Clark Gregg
Stars: Clark Gregg, Felicity Huffman, Allison Janney
Jerry and Tom (1998)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Tom and Jerry are two hit men, they work by day at a third-rate second-hand car dealership. Tom is a veteran and Jerry is a novice in their business, and their attitude toward their ... See full summary »

Director: Saul Rubinek
Stars: Joe Mantegna, Sam Rockwell, Maury Chaykin
Romance II (2012)
Short | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

She's as hot as Britney Spears. Hotter. She parties like Hollywood. She's way out of his league. Or that's the story he's sticking to.

Director: Andy Mingo
Stars: Brian J. Saville Allard, Amber Arrigotti, Robynn Hayek
Snow Angels I (2007)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A drama that interweaves the life of a teenager, with his old baby sitter, her estranged husband, and their daughter.

Director: David Gordon Green
Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell, Michael Angarano
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A strait-laced pharmacist's uneventful life spirals out of control when he starts an affair with a trophy-wife customer who takes him on a joyride involving sex, drugs and possibly murder.

Directors: Geoff Moore, David Posamentier
Stars: Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan
Swan Song I (2015)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A down-on-his-luck newspaper reporter meets a veterinary doctor after his dog drank some antifreeze out of a puddle. Turns out the vet is a former child celebrity and a hero of the reporter... See full summary »

Director: David McElroy
Stars: P.J. Marshall, Mario Orozco, Tim Powell
Snuff I
Comedy | Drama | Thriller

Cassie Wright, a retiring porn star, along with her assistant Sheila, sets out to trump Annabel Chong's record by filming herself having sex with 600 men. As the men wait their turns, secrets, double-crosses and death all play a part.

Director: Fabien Martorell
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathryn Alexander Kathryn Alexander ... Mousy Girl / Agnes
Teodorina Bello Teodorina Bello ... Jamaican Lady
Kate Blumberg ... Edwin's Wife
Jonah Bobo ... Young Victor
Willi Burke Willi Burke ... Deranged Socialite (as Wilma 'Willi' Burke)
Heather Burns ... Internet Date / Gwen
David Fonteno ... Edwin
Matt Gerald ... Detective Ryan
Clark Gregg ... Lord High Charlie
Joel Grey ... Phil
Viola Harris Viola Harris ... Eva Muller
Brad William Henke ... Denny
Paz de la Huerta ... Nico (as Paz De La Huerta)
Michelle Hurst ... Shapely Nurse
Anjelica Huston ... Ida J. Mancini
Edit

Storyline

Sex addict and colonial theme park worker, Victor Mancini, has devised a complicated scam to pay for his mom's hospital bills while she suffers from an Alzheimer's disease that hides the truth about his childhood. He pretends to choke on food in a restaurant and the person who "saves" him will feel responsible for Victor for the rest of their lives. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

From the author of Fight Club

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Choke See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,319,286, 28 September 2008

Gross USA:

$2,926,565

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,982,459
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In the scene where Victor choked with a piece of meat, Sam Rockwell was actually eating watermelon with sauce. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Victor played the rapist to a woman's fantasy of rape. In the first angle, the frustrated woman grabbed Victor's hand, which was holding the knife, so that it would be placed at her neck, then proceeded to use the vibrator on herself. Then when Victor says, "Whoa, whoa, whoa, what about me?" the angle changed and focused on the woman, in which Victor's hand and the knife weren't anywhere to be seen. In the next shot, Victor had his hand and knife at her neck again. See more »

Quotes

Victor Mancini: And you're right-I'm pathetic. I have sex with strangers because I'm incapable of doing it with someone I actually like. I can't even ask anyone out on a date because if it doesn't end up in a high speed chase, I get bored. I've kept myself numb for so long that now I actually want to feel something and I can't because no matter where I go, no matter what I do, I always end up back here with you. I need to break up, Ma.
See more »


Soundtracks

Reckoner
Written by Thom Yorke (as Thomas Yorke), Jonny Greenwood (as Jonathan Greenwood),
Colin Greenwood, Ed O'Brien (as Edward O'Brien) and Phil Selway (as Philip Selway)
Performed by Radiohead
Under license from Warner/Chappell Music LTD
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Consistently amusing low-budget treat
10 August 2008 | by Robert_90See all my reviews

As of writing, Choke has not yet been given official distribution, and will not get it for about another month and a half at least (depending on your location). However, I managed to see it at the annual local film festival. I'll bring this review up when the film gets a wider release, but for now here is my initial opinion.

Choke is the story of sex-addicted loser Victor Mancini (Sam Rockwell). Victor's main concern in life is to keep his demented mother (Anjelica Huston) alive and in hospital. He does this in the hope of finding out the truth about his strangely absent father. To pay the bills, he pretends to choke on his dinner in fancy restaurants and plays off his saviour's heroism for financial gain.

I think the majority of readers here are at the very least aware of the existence of Fight Club, the only other major movie aside from Choke to be based off a Chuck Palahniuk novel. Most of the people who will seek out Choke will do it mainly because of the connection to either Fight Club or the Choke novel (or both, as the case may be). Of course, I'll have to play the comparison game here, but it has to be said - Choke is a very different beast to both its source novel and its spiritual predecessor, Fight Club.

Anyone who's read Palahniuk's writing will know that his books are frequently dark, very twisted and somewhat humorous. Words like "diseased" and "cancerous" come to mind. It's this same feeling that infected both the Fight Club and Choke novels and made them perverse joys to read. Palahniuk's touch even translated perfectly in David Fincher's adaptation. With Clark Gregg's adaptation of Choke, the stylish darkness is traded for a far more conventional "quasi-independent comic" approach. Strangely enough, this seems to suit Choke even better.

After all, Choke is first and foremost a comedy. At a guess, I'd say it's roughly 80 per cent faithful to the original novel (more on that later) with a large number of jokes lifted from the novel. The laugh factor was a strange thing. On one hand, the laughs managed to stay more or less consistent, with none of the jokes falling flat. On the other hand, I personally didn't feel like anything was too funny. Everything raised a genuine chuckle but as for anything approaching "struggling-to-breathe" humour, there wasn't much there. It makes me wonder what's better, a comedy with consistent chuckling or sporadic bursts of hilarious moments. Not too sure.

Regardless, the film manages to be an enjoyable experience. First-timer Gregg manages to handle his duties (which include writing, directing and even one very amusing bit part) with confidence, balancing comedy with drama effectively. The acting is impressive to say the least. Rockwell manages to nail Victor perfectly, yet it's Brad William Henke that manages to steal several scenes as Victor's friend Denny. Another treat is the score, which is an interesting blend of different styles.

Choke not only manages to be an entertaining comedy, it also becomes a very good example of how to streamline a 300-page novel into a movie that's just shy of the 90-minute mark. The only problem with it depends on whether or not your sense of humour agrees with the film's, but if this film was already on your "to-see" list, that shouldn't be too much of a problem.


96 of 137 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 80 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed