- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: November 17, 1998
- Originally Released: 1994
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Single Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Film Highlights
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Production Notes
- Biographies: Cast & Filmmakers
- DVD-ROM Features:
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"God, I love betting."
- Michael (Peter Gallagher) to Rachel (Alison Elliott)
Rolling Stone - 05/18/1995
"...A hypnotic blend of suspense and eroticism....This seductive twisted thriller pulls you right in..."
Sight and Sound - 03/01/1996
"...Several subtle marvels of character acting are achieved....The motor here is undoubtedly the rigorously constructed plot, a maze of crossing paths..."
USA Today - 05/02/1995
"...Peter Gallagher puts a fresh film noir spin on Burt Lancaster's old Criss Cross role in THE UNDERNEATH..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars
Entertainment Weekly - 05/12/1995
"...Gallagher gets deep inside this gambler's rotten, addictive core....[Soderbergh] has made that rare thing, a modern-day noir with feeling." -- Rating: A-
Variety - 03/20/1995
"...Intriguing....[The] plot strands are deftly orchestrated with an eye toward constructing a thematic argument....The visual style is intense..."
New York Times - 04/28/1995
"...Alison Elliott is pitch perfect in conveying the mystery behind her character..."
Los Angeles Times - 04/28/1995
"...Made with polish and assurance, capably acted and intricately constructed..."
THE UNDERNEATH is an elliptical noir thriller from director Steven Soderbergh. The story follows a charming drifter who returns to his hometown and launches a scheme to pull off an armored car heist and rekindle his passion for his ex-wife, who's engaged to a mob-connected nightclub owner. When the heist goes awry, the double crosses begin to pile up. Soderbergh's picture is an updated version of the 1948 Burt Lancaster film CRISS CROSS, which in turn was based on the novel by Don Tracy.
Film Noir |
Theatrical Release |
- Theatrical release: April 7, 1995.
- Shot on location in Austin, Texas.
- Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater has a cameo as the doorman at the local club.
- Screenwriter Sam Lowry is actually director Steven Soderbergh. Sam Lowry is the name of Jonathan Pryce's character in Terry Gilliam's BRAZIL.
- Peter Gallagher also starred in Soderbergh's SEX, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE.
- Soderbergh was initially slated to direct QUIZ SHOW instead of THE UNDERNEATH but was bumped from the former project when Robert Redford took over as director. Soderbergh told Film Comment (1/2001), "It was the best thing that ever happened to me because if I had made QUIZ SHOW, the tiny voice that was screaming at me to start over again and shake it up might have been extinguished. Making THE UNDERNEATH took the gag off that child."