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Johnny Skidmarks (1998)

Crime scene photographer, Johnny Scardino (aka Johnny Skidmarks), is working on the side for a group of blackmailers, photographing wealthy guys in seedy motels with prostitutes. One such ... See full summary »

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John Raffo
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Gallagher ... Johnny Scardino
Frances McDormand ... Alice
John Lithgow ... Sergeant Larry Skovik
John Kapelos ... Walter Lippinscott
Jack Black ... Jerry
Geoffrey Lower ... Woody Warshawski
Charlie Spradling ... Lorraine
Michael D. Weatherred Michael D. Weatherred ... Ernie Deemo (as Michael Weatherred)
Lee Arenberg ... Louie
David Doty David Doty ... Brooks Brothers
Michael Beach ... Mike
Bill Lee Brown ... Coroner
William Preston Robertson William Preston Robertson ... Earl (as Bill Robertson)
Rick Hoffman ... Bartender
Pat Crawford Brown ... Mrs. Starkey
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Crime scene photographer, Johnny Scardino (aka Johnny Skidmarks), is working on the side for a group of blackmailers, photographing wealthy guys in seedy motels with prostitutes. One such assignment turns the wrong way and the blackmailers he works for start dying one by one in more and more brutal ways. Is Johnny the next on the list? Written by Anonymous

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A crash course in crime.


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Rated R for grisly violence, strong language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Frances McDormand, Peter Gallagher and Michael Beach also appeared in Short Cuts (1993). See more »

Quotes

Jerry: Johnny... Sorry about the table, man. She came in when I wasn't looking, you know. Otherwise I would have saved it for you. You know, you're a regular, we're friends arghh...
John Scardino: It's OK, Jerry. They'e pretty much all alike anyway.
Jerry: Yeah. Two titsand an ass. Right?
John Scardino: I meant the tables!
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Soundtracks

Walking Spanish
Written and Performed by Tom Waits
Courtesy of Island Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Polygram Film & TV Licensing
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Happy food for happy people!
7 January 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Sometimes when you are rooting around the bargain bin, you can find an overlooked gem. A look at the cast here tells you that it has to be worth something, and with a tile like Skidmarks, there has to be something interesting.

Sure, it is not the best work of these fine performers, but it is certainly worth your time.

Peter Gallagher (Short Cuts, American beauty) plays a police photographer, who moonlights catching people with hookers so his partners can blackmail them. Sort of like Danny DeVito in L.A. Confidential. He hooks up with Frances McDormand (Fargo, North County), an alcoholic who is trying to dry out.

When his partners start dying all around him, you have to believe McDormand is involved as her father is on TV stating that he has never cheated. We know differently, and so does Gallagher. But, that's a red herring, and the killer comes from a place you never suspect.

Jack Black (The School of Rock) provides comic relief as the ex-brother-in-law, and John Lithgow (Terms of Endearment, The World According to Garp) provides the exciting finish. Charlie Spradling provides the eye candy.


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Release Date:

23 May 1998 (Japan) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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