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The American Side (2016)

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Following a mysterious suicide at Niagara Falls, a low-rent detective unravels a conspiracy to build a revolutionary invention by enigmatic scientist, Nikola Tesla.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greg Stuhr ... Charlie Paczynski
Alicja Bachleda ... Nikki Meeker
Camilla Belle ... Emily Chase
Matthew Broderick ... Borden Chase
Robert Forster ... Sterling Whitmore
Janeane Garofalo ... Agent Barry
Grant Shaud ... The Professor
Robert Vaughn ... Silver-Haired Man
Harris Yulin ... Tom Soberin
Joe Grifasi ... The Serb
Stephen McKinley Henderson ... Stickney (as Stephen Henderson)
Norm Sham Norm Sham ... Maguire
Kelsey Siepser ... Kat
Don Stuhr Don Stuhr ... Mickey
Daniela Galli Daniela Galli ... Tami
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Following a mysterious suicide at Niagara Falls, a low-rent detective unravels a conspiracy to build a revolutionary invention by enigmatic scientist, Nikola Tesla. Written by Knockout Redhead

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There are three sides to every story... the truth, the lie, and the American side.


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Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 2016 (Kuwait) See more »

Also Known As:

O Lado Americano See more »

Filming Locations:

Buffalo, New York, USA See more »

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2.40:1
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Maguire: Get the hell out of here.
Charlie Paczynski: You got the road jammed up.
Maguire: You're a long way from Polonia.
Charlie Paczynski: Working a missing persons case.
Maguire: You couldn't find a hole in a donut.
Charlie Paczynski: [pointing to Maguire's cigarettes] Can I get one of those?
Maguire: [handing Charlie his pack] No.
Charlie Paczynski: Male or female?
Maguire: The jumper is male.
Charlie Paczynski: Got a light?
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Sixty-Four Thousand Dollar Question
Performed by Peter Sivo Band
Written by Peter Sivo
Courtesy of Fervor Records Vintage Masters
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5 May 2016 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

This is the third indie film noir I have seen recently, and this is the best so far. It's an entertaining and absorbing 90 minutes, diligently written and directed and with unusually good acting performances by all concerned.

In a nutshell; Nicola Tesla was a prolific and important inventor. One invention, especially, had great importance but no one can find a complete copy of it; only one half of it exists. Private Eye/blackmailer Charlie Paczynski stumbles onto a plot wherein several agencies and countries are involved in a search for the other half. And thereby hangs a tale...

There are two minor flaws to mention; one is an extremely elaborate plot which requires your undivided attention so that you don't lose the thread. The other is the presence of Matthew Broderick, woefully miscast as an unscrupulous corporate CEO. He is too young and babyfaced, totally devoid of menace for the role of the heavy. Moreover, he seems disinterested and half-hearted in his role.

However, if you are a noir fan, go see it. It's worth your time. There are some Dashiell Hammett touches to be found, including a hard-drinking hero and some snappy Hammett dialogue (some of which falls flat). But don't forget to pay attention.


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