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FULL SYNOPSIS

Norman Mailer wrote and directed this demented film noir, which takes place in a Provincetown of perpetual twilight. Most of the tale, based on his best-selling novel, is told in flashback as Dougy Madden (Lawrence Tierney) pays a visit to his son Tim (Ryan O'Neal). Dougy, a tough ex-bartender, is ravaged by cancer and decides to see Tim one last time in order. But Tim is suffering both from writer's block and from the effects of too many years of drink, drugs, and sex. His sexy wife Patty Lariene (Debra Sandlund) has recently left him and disappeared. Even worse, one morning he awakens from his stupor to find the front seat of his car covered with blood and a severed head inside his drug stash. He tries to rekindle a relationship with his ex-wife Madeleine (Isabella Rossellini), now married to the psychotic Provincetown police chief, Alvin Luther Regency (Wings Hauser), and he re-acquaints himself with old prep school friend Wardley Meeks III (John Bedford Lloyd), who was also married to the missing Patty Lareine. As the murders pile up and Tim's psyche takes a beating, Dougy decides to help Tim put an end to this chaotic mess of murders. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:September 18, 1987

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards John Bailey Best Cinematography 1987 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Wings Hauser Best Supporting Actor 1987 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Debra Sandlund Best Actress 1987 Nominee

Cast

Ryan O'Neal
as Tim Madden
Isabella Rossellini
as Madeline
Debra Sandlund
as Patty Lorraine
Wings Hauser
as Regency
John Bedford Lloyd
as Wardley Meeks III
Frances Fisher
as Jessica Pond
Clarence Williams III
as Bolo
Lawrence Tierney
as Dougy Madden
Penn Jillette
as The Big Stoop
R. Patrick Sullivan
as Lonny Pangborn
John Snyder
as Spider

Crew

Norman Mailer
Director
Francis Ford Coppola
Producer
Menahem Golan
Producer
Yoram Globus
Producer
Tom Luddy
Producer
Norman Mailer
Book Author
Norman Mailer
Screenwriter
John Bailey
Cinematographer
Angelo Badalamenti
Composer (Music Score)
Debra McDermott
Editor
Armin Ganz
Production Designer
Francis Ford Coppola
Executive Producer
Tom Luddy
Executive Producer
Gretchen Rau
Set Designer
Michael Kaplan
Costume Designer
Drew Kunin
Sound/Sound Designer
Bonnie Timmermann
Casting
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