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Storyville (1992)

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While investigating his own blackmailing, a young politician uncovers his family's deep secrets.

Director:

Mark Frost

Writers:

Frank Galbally (novel), Robert Macklin (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Spader ... Cray Fowler
Joanne Whalley ... Natalie Tate (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)
Jason Robards ... Clifford Fowler
Charlotte Lewis ... Lee Tran
Michael Warren ... Nathan LeFleur
Piper Laurie ... Constance Fowler
Michael Parks ... Michael Trevallian
Chuck McCann ... Pudge Herman
Charles Haid ... Abe Choate
Chino 'Fats' Williams ... Theotis Washington
Woody Strode ... Charlie Sumpter
Jeff Perry ... Peter Dandridge
Galyn Görg ... Spice
Justine Shapiro Justine Shapiro ... Melanie Fowler (as Justine Arlin)
George Cheung ... Xang Tran
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Storyline

A young candidate for the senate is filmed with a hooker as blackmail. As he investigates, he discovers some family secrets involving his father and their political careers. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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One woman's passion can hurt you. One man's power can kill you. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sensuality and a scene of violence | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1992 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El peso de la corrupción See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$101,383, 30 August 1992

Gross USA:

$422,503

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$422,503
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mark Frost first started writing the screenplay in 1987. See more »

Goofs

When Natalie Tate pays a visit to Cray at his home, she shows him key that she used to let herself in through the security door, presumably from when she lived with Cray. The key she shows him is clearly a square shaped key but when she places the same key down at the bar, it is definitely a different key. See more »

Quotes

Cray: You know, I've been hearing this kind of barbershop trash my whole life.
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Performed by Zette
Courtesy of Music Plus GmbH and Co. KG
Written by Bernard Zette and Gary Parky
Published by Rockoko Music GmbH
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29 March 2015 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

In the Big Easy, a young man from a prominent family runs for national office in "Storyville." Just from that sentence, you can probably figure out the rest. Family secrets, corruption, and sex. Spader is Cray Fowler, whose father committed suicide, or perhaps it was accidental, years past. His uncle Clifford (Jason Robards) is a surrogate father to him. Cray needs the black vote, but Michael Warren (Nathan LeFleur) who can deliver it has heard some things about how the Fowlers made their money that he doesn't like.

Cray wants to find out more about how his father died and also investigate the gas and mineral leases that made the family so wealthy.

What he finds out is devastating.

I'd call this a typical turgid tale of the south, with good acting by the young Spader, Jason Robards, Piper Laurie, and Joanna Whalley. Very interesting to see "Scandal" actor Jeff Perry nearly unrecognizable 23 years ago.

The acting enlivens a derivative story that's okay, even if it's not something by William Faulkner.


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