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Choke (2008)

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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 »

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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 ... 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
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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 »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Ryan Gosling and Heath Ledger were cast before Sam Rockwell eventually took the role, according to the author Chuck Palahnuik. See more »

Goofs

When Victor is attempting to feed his mother cannelloni in their first meeting scene, the camera changes angle and she is not wearing the napkins he previously placed under her chin. When the camera moves back to another angle the napkins have miraculously returned. See more »

Quotes

Victor Mancini: My God... you're crazy!
Paige Marshall: No,I'm just... working a few things out.
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Connections

References Gilligan's Island (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Mellow Samba
Written and Performed by Smokey Hormel
Published by Showpoodle Music (BMI)
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User Reviews

 
Amusing Ride
11 June 2018 | by nowegoSee all my reviews

Being a bit of a fan of Sam Rockwell and Kelly Macdonald, this was a pretty easy movie to watch. It helped that it was also quite amusing and downright funny in some parts. The sex might put some viewers off, but for me it didn't detract from the movie. I haven't read the novel by Chuck Palahniuk, so I cannot judge whether it does it justice or not. I can only judge on what I just watched.

Anjelica Huston and Brad William Henke do a really good job as mother and best friend respectively.

Maybe a minor spoiler, look for the blond cancer joke the stripper inadvertently enacted, it made me laugh out loud, but some might not find it so amusing.

An amusing movie right up there with some of Sam Rockwell's good ones, one of the few movies on IMDb in which I think the current rating of 6.5/10 is about right.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 2008 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Choke See more »

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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
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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