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Trouble Is My Business (2018)

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Detective Roland Drake falls for two sisters from the Montemar family. One woman is dead and the other wants to kill him.

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Tom Konkle
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Cast

Credited cast:
Vernon Wells ... Detective Barry Tate
Tom Konkle ... Roland Drake
Brittney Powell ... Jennifer Montemar
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jana Banker Jana Banker ... Hotel Receptionist
David Beeler ... Lew MacDonald
Patrick H. Breen Patrick H. Breen ... Museum Guard
Carl Bryan Carl Bryan ... Officer James Paduano
Lauren Byrnes ... Jewelry Store Woman
Jordana Capra ... Evelyn Montemar
Ksenia Delaveri ... Nadia
Jordan Destin ... Museum Guard
Mollie Fitzgerald ... Mavis
Matt Forman Matt Forman ... Kidnapper, Museum Guard, Policeman
Nihilist Gelo Nihilist Gelo ... Museum Guard (as J. Scott)
Julian Giantonio Julian Giantonio ... Museum Guard
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Storyline

Los Angeles in 1947, everything should be sunny, but the smog creates a fog, a haze that permeates not just the lungs, but the psyches. Private eye Roland Drake cracks cases and romances femme fatales, while corrupt cops rule the underworld of the city and moral lines are anything but black and white. A dark, hard-boiled tale of love and betrayal, told in the classic style of film noir. Drake has fallen on hard times in a harsh world. He has been evicted from his office and disgraced by a missing persons case. Ruined in the public eye and with the police. it seems like it's all over for Roland Drake. Then, redemption walks in - with curves. The owner of those curves is a sexy, dark haired beauty named Katherine Montemar. She wants his help. The chemistry is immediate and her concern for the disappearance of her family members pulls him into her case - and into bed. He wakes up to her missing too, and a pool of blood where she used to be. After a nervous encounter with the equally ... Written by Thomas Konkle

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Trouble is his business, and business is good.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Под маской See more »

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Budget:

$120,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Lumen Actus See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color | Black and White (DVD release)

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 4K
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The film is made as a genre thriller for the same reasons that studios made film noir in the 1940's and 1950's but with an updated spin on the twisted character traits and style of classic hard-boiled literature, pulps and film noir. The director, Thomas Konkle, wanted to make something that was a homage to the films Out of The Past, The Big Combo and The Maltese Falcon in the same way that Raiders of the Lost Ark was a nod to the serials that George Lucas and Steven Spielberg enjoyed. The director of Trouble has studied filmmaking and acting and used his technical abilities and understanding of what actors needed to give their best to make much of what he had to work with in the production. All visual effects were done in house at Lumen Actus. See more »

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The Simple Art of Murder
3 April 2018 | by FiahmSee all my reviews

I confess, I couldn't get all the way through this: porn-level acting, script and production values but with zero sex and nudity. That's quite a frustrating two hours, to be honest.

I checked it out because of it taking the title of a Raymond Chandler book of short stories - none of which are here used. Since the film is set in the same genre, in the same period, and very much in the same style, stealing the title could be seen as - at best - audacious, but less generously as outrageous cheek.

It's clear the creators were trying for something better, on a very small budget, and they should be applauded for that, but the end result just really isn't very good at all, with nothing new or interesting to add to an already very well-explored territory.


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