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Stormy Monday (1988)

R | | Crime, Drama, Music | May 1988 (USA)
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A crooked American businessman tries to push the shady influential owner of a nightclub in Newcastle, England to sell him the club. The club's new employee and the American's ex lover fall in love and inadvertently stir the pot.

Director:

Mike Figgis

Writer:

Mike Figgis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melanie Griffith ... Kate
Tommy Lee Jones ... Cosmo
Sting ... Finney
Sean Bean ... Brendan
James Cosmo ... Tony
Mark Long Mark Long ... Patrick
Brian Lewis Brian Lewis ... Jim
Ying Tong John Ying Tong John ... 1st Heavy
Mick Hamer Mick Hamer ... Pianist
Ian Hinchcliffe Ian Hinchcliffe ... Man at Record Shop
Andrzej Borkowski Andrzej Borkowski ... Andrej
Caroline Hutchison Caroline Hutchison ... Finney's Secretary Jean
Les Wilde Les Wilde ... Customs Officer
Desmond Gill Desmond Gill ... Man in Airport Lounge
Benny Graham Benny Graham ... Passport Officer
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Storyline

Brendan takes a job as janitor for Finney, who runs a jazz nightclub in the Northern English city of Newcastle. But Finney is being pressured to sell his club, and Brendan soon provides non-janitorial services to Finney. Soon his rival's American boss Cosmo comes to town, while Brendan begins to fall in love with Kate, an escort working for Cosmo. Written by Reid Gagle

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The Most Dangerous Choices Are Made With The Heart

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Crime | Drama | Music | Romance

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Polish

Release Date:

May 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stormy Monday See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$44,734, 24 April 1988

Gross USA:

$1,791,328

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,791,328
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Sole acting appearance of Louise Hobkinson. See more »

Quotes

Bob: Nobody said anything about guns! They've got guns, and I think we need guns!
Cosmo: [sarcastically] That's smart thinkin', Bob. That's real smart thinkin'. All the damn money I spread around here, and you want to go play Al Capone with some fuckin' meatball! You fuckin' juvenile!
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Referenced in The Making of 'The Big Lebowski' (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Been Loving You Too Long
Performed by Otis Redding
Words and Music by Otis Redding and Jerry Butler
Used by permission of Greenwich Music Limited
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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New British Cinema at its best!
9 September 2002 | by Mikew3001See all my reviews

Like Mike Hodges' in his crime classic "Get Carter" (1971) starring Michael Caine, British director Mike Figgis takes another disturbing view on the dark city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in this modern British jazz and crime drama. In "Stormy Monday", pop singer Sting plays a jazz club owner who is threatened by American business man Tommy Lee Jones who wants to take his club with violent oppression. Unfortunately Sting's close friend Sean Bean falls in love with Jones' girlfriend Melanie Griffith...

Even if you know this kind of plot from many other crime thrillers and serie noire dramas, this movie is well-balanced, thrilling, fascinating and fast-pacing. The actors are great, the pictures of the city of Newcastle, though photographed in rather neon-like 1980's glamour style, nearly as dark and menacing as in "Get Carter", and the superb jazz sound track (mainly composed by Figgis himself) adds much atmosphere to the story - and even Sting plays a great double bass solo on stage! Watch this great modern crime movie, as it's a good example of the rise of modern British cinema in the 1980's. I wish they would make such movies here in Germany...


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