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Writer/director Adam Rifkin's The Dark Backward is set in a dark, grimy, garbage-strewn urban netherworld, where a company named "Blump's" apparently owns everything. Marty Malt (Judd Nelson of Judd Nelson) is an unhappy garbageman who moonlights as an atrociously unfunny standup comic. His best friend and fellow trash collector, Gus (Bill Paxton), is the only one who laughs at his jokes, and his sincerity is questionable. The obnoxiously exuberant Gus plays an accordion, which he always carries with him. Marty is seeing Rosarita (Lara Flynn Boyle), a waitress, but she doesn't seem too interested in him, either. One day, Gus convinces a talent agent, Jackie Chrome (Las Vegas circuit staple Wayne Newton), to check out Marty's act. Jackie isn't impressed. Marty's luck seems to take a turn for the worse when a large lump starts growing on his back. He goes to a quack doctor (James Caan), who calls him a wimp and puts a Band-Aid on the lump. The lump continues to grow, eventually becoming a full-sized arm. While Gus uses Marty's newfound freakishness to impress his obese girlfriends, a horrified Rosarita breaks up with Marty, and he gets fired from the club where he does his act. Marty is despondent until Gus brings him to see Jackie, who, it turns out, has always dreamed of finding a real three-armed comic. Re-christened "Desi the Three-Armed Wonder Comic," and with Gus now providing musical accompaniment, Marty gets a fresh start on his career. The Dark Backward received devastating reviews upon its initial release, but has since developed a minor cult following. The film also stars Rob Lowe and King Moody, who was the original Ronald McDonald. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi

Cast

Judd Nelson
as Marty Malt
Bill Paxton
as Gus
Wayne Newton
as Jackie Chrome
Lara Flynn Boyle
as Rosarita
Rob Lowe
as Dirk Delta
King Moody
as Twinkee Doodle
Lydell M. Cheshier
as Dexter
Theodocia Goodrich
as Mrs. Bielfuss
John Patrick Hayden
as Human Xylophone
Tom Hodges
as Marjorie Zipp
Milicia Kastner
as Dirk's Babe
James Caan
as Dr. Scurvy
Claudia Christian
as Kitty
Danny Dayton
as Syd
Carrie Lynn
as Nicolette
Anna Berger
as Mrs. Malt
Laurianne Jameson
as Shirley
Debra Perkins
as Pickles
Charles Knapp
as Sloppy
Clifford Streit
as Raoul
Charles Winkler
as Dirk Delta's Assistant
Landon Godfrey
as Unfamiliar Waitress
Gary Vonderlinden
as Joey
Robert Gannaway
as Denny Ginkle
Marc Decker
as Barber
Adam Rifkin
as Rufus Bing
Ingrid Rifkin
as Cigarette Girl
Elizabeth Sokol
as Lady Wrapped in Gauze
Steve Bing
as Basketball Player
Tony Markes
as Muscle Man
Jason Logan
as Man Behind Counter
Libby White-Cooper
as Dirk's Babe
Tony Cox
as Human Xylophone
Tanya Banks
as Human Xylophone
Cindy Sorenson
as Human Xylophone
Arturo Gil
as Human Xylophone
Robert Gannaway
as Denny Ginkle
Libby White-Cooper
as Dirk's Babe
Elizabeth Sokol
as Lady Wrapped in Gauze
Tony Markes
as Muscle Man
Theodocia Goodrich
as Mrs. Bielfuss
Steve Bing
as Basketball Player
Charles Knapp
as Sloppy
Debra Perkins
as Pickles
Tom Hodges
as Marjorie Zipp
Laurianne Jameson
as Shirley
Clifford Streit
as Raoul
Charles Winkler
as Dirk Delta's Assistant
Lydell M. Cheshier
as Dexter
Landon Godfrey
as Unfamiliar Waitress
John Patrick Hayden
as Human Xylophone
Milicia Kastner
as Dirk's Babe
Cindy Sorenson
as Human Xylophone
Danny Dayton
as Syd
Tanya Banks
as Human Xylophone
Carrie Lynn
as Nicolette
James Caan
as Dr. Scurvy
Tony Cox
as Human Xylophone
Jason Logan
as Man Behind Counter
Adam Rifkin
as Rufus Bing
Ingrid Rifkin
as Cigarette Girl
Marc Decker
as Barber
Anna Berger
as Mrs. Malt
Gary Vonderlinden
as Joey
Claudia Christian
as Kitty

Crew

Adam Rifkin
Director
William Talmadge
Producer
Brad Wyman
Producer
Cassian Elwes
Producer
Adam Rifkin
Screenwriter
Joey Forsyte
Cinematographer
Marc Decker
Composer (Music Score)
Peter Schink
Editor
Sherman Williams
Production Designer
Wendy Guidery
Art Director
Lisa Lange
Associate Producer
William Talmadge
Executive Producer
Tony Markes
Casting
Tony Gardner
Makeup Special Effects
Marc Decker
Conductor
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