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Choke [DVD]

Sam Rockwell , Anjelica Huston , Peggy Pope    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sam Rockwell, Anjelica Huston, Kelly Macdonald, Brad William Henke, Matt Gerald
  • Directors: Peggy Pope
  • Producers: Nathan Larson, Johnathan Dorfman, Temple Fennell, Beau Flynn
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Mar 2009
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001L7XNDW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,741 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Comedy drama based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk. Sam Rockwell stars as Victor Mancini, a sex-addicted medical school dropout who works as a historical re-enactor at an 18th century theme park. His paltry earnings barely cover the fees of the expensive private medical hospital that cares for his Alzheimer's-afflicted mother, Ida (Anjelica Huston), so he devises an elaborate scam whereby he regularly pretends to choke on food in upmarket restaurants and then accept financial help from the wealthy clients who 'save' him. Meanwhile, he continues to attend his 12-step sex addiction programme along with his best friend Denny (Brad William Henke), and struggles to uncover the elusive identity of his long-lost father.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "What would Jesus not do?" 25 Jan 2009
By Matt Pucci VINE VOICE
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First of all, I should probably point out that Choke - Chuck Palahniuk's novel on which this film is based - is one of my favourite books, so there's an element of bias to this review, since unless they'd made an absolute pig's ear of it, I would feel obliged to give it full marks.

In actual fact, this is a pretty faithful adaptation of Palahniuk's book and as a movie it works well. Starring Sam Rockwell as Victor Mancini, a sexaholic who pretends to choke in restaurants in order to generate funds to meet the escalating costs of his mother's hospital bills, it explores a myriad different themes and ties them all together into a surprisingly moving, darkly funny tale of love, escapism and the power we have over our own destinies.

Like the book, Choke contains some fairly sordid moments, but they are balanced by scenes of a strange pathos - especially those between Victor and his ailing and deluded mother. The film benefits immensely from a strong cast, which includes Anjelica Huston, who is simply superb as Ida Mancini and Kelly McDonald (Trainspotting, No Country For Old Men) who just broke my heart as Doctor Paige Marshall. Brad William Henke, meanwhile, is almost precisely how I had envisaged Denny - another sex addict and Victor's best friend whose transformation over the course of the film is central to Choke's message.

It's certainly not going to be to everyone's taste, but this is a daring and, in places, downright hilarious film that succeeds in capturing Palahniuk's twisted vision. If you have no prior knowledge of the book, or of Palahniuk's work, I recommend it nonetheless - but be prepared: despite the promotional taglines, it's not quite what you might expect. And, in my opinion, all the better for it.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Offbeat Brilliance 12 April 2009
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This film has it all - sex, pathos, humour, wackiness and superb casting and music. The pedigree IS good and the execution is bob on for me. There is the requirement to suspend a little disbelief but that IS cinema. I watched this because I thought Sam Rockwell was super. Now I think he is Jesus. Great fun - had to watch it a 2nd time the following day and was not disappointed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Stuart Bruce TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Whilst first impressions suggest that Choke is going to be little more than a sordid graphic story of a sex addict, it in fact offers a lot more- thanks mainly to some brilliant performances, especially from Sam Rockwell as the self-loathing central character and Anjelica Huston as his obsessive criminally-minded mother.

Skipping forward and back through Victor's life as we learn how he ended up being so messed up, and why he holds such anxieties about women and caring. (From this, I think that if you have come to this film looking for some soft titillation only, you've probably guessed it's not for you.) He falls in love with a doctor at his mother's care home for the mentally unstable, he tries to stop his best friend from getting fired from his job at the historical re-enactment village, and (slight spoiler) half-way through the film he finds out he's been cloned from a piece of Jesus' foreskin. This is not a normal film...

It's a really warm, unusual, quirky film full of great actors and bizarre twists. Well worth watching, through if you're in a group of people while watching, you may find there are some uncomfortable moments.
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By Banky23
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When this movie was announced on Chuck Pahlaniuks website I thought 'Clark Gregg, that really really nice guy from The New Adventures of Old Christine has written and directed a movie based on one of Chuck Palahniuks most perverted novels, this I have to see', then I find out it has Sam Rockwell, Anjelica Huston and Kelly Macdonald in it and it flies to the top of my hunt it down at any costs list.

Now, a few years later, I can add Heather Burns, Gillian Jacobs and Brad William Henke to my MVP list.

Okay, it drops some stuff that's in the novel, but if you've read the book, there's no way this could have been filmed 100% faithful and received a rating from the BBFC. But at the same time this movie operates above pure shock value, it is funny, it has great performances and Clark Gregg, wisely, doesn't get in the way of the story by imposing a bunch of directorial flourishes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Right wasn't sure what to expect 21 Feb 2014
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Not for the easily offended but the sex was nowhere near as graphic as Game of Thrones. The story was a bit twisty turny and I look forward to listening to Clark Gregg's director's voiceover because he can actually string a sentence together.

There were good performances from the actresses / actors although it wasn't as funny as I'd hoped.
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