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Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead [DVD]
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Andy Garcia stars as ex-gangster Jimmy the Saint who is offered one last job by mob boss Christopher Walken. When it goes wrong, however, Jimmy and his chums are marked for death and Jimmy only has 48 hours to try to put things to rights and save their lives. Gabrielle Anwar stars as Garcia's love interest.
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No problems recommending this film to family or friends. Enjoy!
One reviewer states that this is derivative of Tarantino, i don't think so. Tarantino just rehashes old movies he thinks no one has heard of. For example, reservoir dogs is a remake of City on Fire and I imagine everyone and their aunt knows inglorious bastards is a remake of a little know Italian exploitation move.
Anyway to this movie. It has everything. A killer cast, Christopher Walken, Christopher Lloyd,Andy Garcia et all. A good story and an excellent soundtrack which includes songs from Tom Waits and the criminally underrated Warren "werewolves of London" Zevon. Overall a better movie, in my opinion, than Tarantino could ever dream of making.
Pop the DVD in the player, have a beer or two to hand and enjoy this underrated classic.
Some careful direction and fine acting really gets across the sense of friendship among the luckless hoods. Andy Garcia is very good as the more-or-less reformed nice guy but everyone else chips in with worthy performances from a decent ensemble cast - including Fairuza Balk as a spiky hooker, Christopher Lloyd as a porn projectionist with a mystery disease, Treat Williams as a headcase old friend, Christopher Walken as a wheelchair-bound local crime boss and Steve Buscemi as a near-silent assassin.
It's not a classic awaiting discovery but it is a couple of hours of good, solid entertainment.
Andy Garcia is told by local Denver kingpin Christopher Walken (in his most haunted, cold-eyed mode) to put the frighteners on the fiance of his paedophile son's onetime girl. So Garcia gets together a dubious gang from 'the old days' to carry out what ought to be a simple job.
Guess what? It isn't simple, and a lot goes wrong.
That's it from me for plot. But it's a good plot, with interesting, and often very funny detours along the way.
The whole cast seems entranced by the film they've found themselves in, and appear to be having a ball. the rather underrated Garcia is just great, Christopeher Lloys makes me realise how much I like this veteran actor, Walken chews the scenery as much as only he could from a wheelchair, Treat Williams is perfect as a disturbed wild card, William Forsythe is solid and likable as the family man of the gang, Bill Nunn (as the character Easy Wind) gives great value, Jack Warden is wonderful as a kind of Greek chorus commenting on and explaining the story to buddies in a local cafe, Steve Buscemi (who else!) is suitably minimalist as the drolly named contract killer Mr Shhh, Gabrielle Anwar is mistily romantic as Andy's angelic on-off lover, while Fairuza Balk is brilliant as local messed up punk girl Lucinda.
You'll also find bluesman Buddy Guy in a couple of scenes, and Don Cheadle crops up briefly too.
The varied soundtrack is well chosen - and any film that starts with Tom Waits growling out Jockey Full of Bourbon and ends with Warren Zevon singing the 'title song' is going to have something going for it.Read more ›
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Brilliant film, Brilliant service, Andy Garcia is in it so that in itself is brilliant :)
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