Sight and Sound - 11/01/1996
"...An engaging and assured debut....Touching and wistfully erotic....The film exudes that satisfying sense of good actors getting their teeth into a rewarding script..."
Variety - 09/16/1996
"...A measure of unexpected humor and good character work by the ensemble cast..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 09/27/1996
"...Herzfeld begins with inexplicable scenes and unexplained actions, and then connects the dots until everything comes together. The ending is neat and ingenious..."
L.A.'s much-vilified San Fernando Valley is the setting for the chaotic goings-on in this multi-plotted comedic thriller featuring a murderous insurance scam perpetrated by sadistic double-crossers, a bumbling, love-struck hit man, a kidnapped, gallstone-suffering art dealer, a washed-up, suicidal screenwriter, a pair of burnt-out undercover cops, and one of the best catfights ever filmed. Guilty fun.
Black Comedy |
Character Study |
Classic Fight Scenes |
Kidnapping And Missing Persons |
Scams And Cons |
Theatrical Release |
Released theatrically in the USA September 27, 1996.
Shown at the Toronto Film Festival September 12, 1996.
Co-produced by Redemption.
Color by Foto-Kem; DeLuxe prints; shot in Panavision widescreen.
Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Classification.