Trouble Is My Business ()

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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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Detective Barry Tate
Roland Drake
Jennifer Montemar
Wilson Montemar
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jana Banker ...
Hotel Receptionist
Lew MacDonald
Patrick H. Breen ...
Museum Guard
Carl Bryan ...
Officer James Paduano
Jewelry Store Woman
Evelyn Montemar
Museum Guard
Matt Forman ...
Kidnapper, Museum Guard, Policeman
Nihilist Gelo ...
Museum Guard (as J. Scott)
Julian Giantonio ...
Museum Guard
Brian Greene ...
Museum Guard
Dana Hamm ...
Drake's Ex-Wife In Picture
Officer Paduano
Patrick Higgins ...
Policeman #1
Claude Allen
Sean Konkle ...
Scottie The Newsie
Russian Goon
David Allen Moore ...
Museum Guard
Russian Goon #2
Tyson O'Bannon ...
Hoodlum Kid
Officer Ostrowski
John Shannon
Laine Scandalis ...
Waitress Marylou
Russian Goon #1
Officer Matthews
Gavron Grozney
Gino C. Vianelli ...
Newspaper Magnate

Directed by

Tom Konkle

Written by

Tom Konkle ... ()
Brittney Powell ... ()

Produced by

David Beeler ... producer
Mollie Fitzgerald ... line producer
Tom Konkle ... executive producer
Diana Lote ... line producer
Brittney Powell ... producer
Mike Smith ... executive producer
Victor Solis ... associate producer

Music by

Thomas Chase ... (music composed by)
Hayden Clement ... (music composed by)

Cinematography by

Jesse Arnold
P.J. Gaynard

Film Editing by

Tom Konkle

Production Design by

Reed Johns

Art Direction by

Rae Deslich
Justin Harris
Carl Soto

Set Decoration by

Jennifer Alondra Munoz ... (as Jennifer Munoz)

Costume Design by

Eric Shane Johnson

Makeup Department

Lindsay Dabalos ... makeup department head
Rebecca Nicole ... makeup department head
Sabrina Sweet ... makeup artist

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Glenn Miller ... first assistant director
Michelle Sugihara ... second assistant director

Art Department

Arnold Dasilva ... construction coordinator
Tom Konkle ... digital sets and props
Mike Smith ... digital sets and props
Michael Valenzuela ... construction foreman

Sound Department

Nicholas Borsellino ... boom operator
Trip Brock ... sound effects designer / supervising sound editor
Ryan Deremer ... sound
Demetri Evdoxiadis ... dialogue editor
K. Joshua Fernberg ... sound editor
Yancey 'Pon' Franco ... sound recordist
Caleb Hollenback ... sound recordist
Chuck Rockford ... sound
Ian Shedd ... supervising dialogue editor
Michael Toji ... VP: Post Production Services
T.J. Yoshizaki ... sound

Special Effects by

Lumen Actus ... special effects

Visual Effects by

Lumen Actus ... visual effects supervisor
Mollie Fitzgerald ... visual effects associate supervisor
Thor Melsted ... visual effects artist
Mike Smith ... visual effects supervisor


Jin Kelley ... stunts consultant

Camera and Electrical Department

Aric Abraham ... second assistant camera
Jesse Arnold ... camera operator
Sam Cohen-Wade ... gaffer / key grip
Christopher Endom ... second assistant camera
Jorge A. Gomez ... second assistant camera
Nick Goto ... first assistant camera
Seth Johnson ... camera operator
Jay B. Julio ... best boy/electric
Alex Keeme ... second assistant camera
Ralph King ... lighting supervisor
Jordan Lanham ... first assistant camera
Thor Melsted ... digital imaging technician
Rogelio Mosqueda ... first assistant camera
Isabelo Pascual ... best boy grip
Joey Rassool ... camera operator
Chuck Rockford ... still photographer
Michael Shanman ... rigging assistant chief lighting technician
Benjamin Smyth ... grip
Dewey Tann ... second assistant camera
Gino C. Vianelli ... still photographer

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Sierra Barrett ... set costumer
Chantal Filson ... wardrobe consultant
Marcie Hale ... seamstress
Eric Shane Johnson ... wardrobe
Charles Nohai ... tailor
Veronica Teong ... seamstress
Shea Wolfe ... key costumer

Music Department

Daniel Beijbom ... composer: additional music

Additional Crew

Justin Harris ... grip
Jedediah Jenk ... production assistant
Diana Lote ... production coordinator
Aaron Louie ... production assistant
Debbie Major ... stills photographer
Jenifer Munoz ... production assistant
Jeffrey Tobin ... production assistant
Mike Tristano ... master armorer
William Vu ... legal services


Mark Jacobson ... special thanks
Douglas Kent ... special thanks
Monica May ... special thanks
Jim Sickonic ... the producers wish to thank
Kristen Trattner ... special thanks / the producers wish to thank
Gino C. Vianelli ... grateful thanks

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Plot Summary

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 skilled but unscrupulous Lew MacDonald, he is confronted by Katherine's blonde sister, Jennifer. She's a beautiful femme fatale who knows more than she should about everything and blackmails him into helping her. Their destiny becomes entwined in the dark descent that leads them on a hunt for a priceless gem and information peeled back to revel a twisted reality. Dogged by the corrupt police in the form of Detective Tate, Drake must navigate a sinister world of lies, betrayal, and murder with the menagerie of seedy characters. Drake might not be able to tell right from wrong anymore in a doomed love story, which could destroy him, Jennifer, and bury all the mysteries forever. Written by Thomas Konkle

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Taglines Trouble is his business, and business is good. See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Les Ennuis Dont Devenus Mon Affaire (France)
  • El Problema Es Mi Negocio (Spain)
  • Проблема это мое дело (Russia)
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  • 116 min
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Box Office

Budget $120,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $265,000, 09 Sep 2019

Did You Know?

Trivia 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 »
Movie Connections References The Maltese Falcon (1941). See more »

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