Aided by a group of teens, a man and his girlfriend run a profitable drug operation but someone is distributing bad smack in the area and the cops start a crack-down.


Nick Gomez


Nick Gomez, Terry Williams (book)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Rapaport ... Dante
Lili Taylor ... Micky
Adam Trese ... Gabriel
Kevin Corrigan ... Francis (Cisco)
Angela Featherstone ... Lilly
Tony Danza ... D'Avalon
Isaac Hayes ... George
Paul Schulze ... Lucas
Saul Stein ... Gunther
Adam Cartwright Adam Cartwright ... The Kid
Eddie Kaye Thomas ... Young Flaco
Ian Marioles ... Will Noney
Melanie Adams Melanie Adams ... Eristina
Mauricio Conpte Mauricio Conpte ... Pep Lecara
Matt McLane Matt McLane ... Ghost Machine


Dante and his girlifrend Micky run a very profitable drug operation in a seaside town, aided and abetted by a host of teens who sell the smack at discos around town, as well as by Lucas, a corrupt cop who's on the take. Their downfall comes when they suspect one of the boys, Pep, of ripping them off, and his accidental death causes disloyalty among the teens, who suspect Dante offed them. All of this is perfect for the return of Gabriel, a one-time partner of Dante, who has just been released from jail, and has an almost angelic demeanor and the certainty that he can fix everyone's lives. Written by Gary Dickerson <>

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The love that never died.


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong drug use, violence and language, and for brief nudity

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Startling, unique film
18 July 1999 | by JimFKSee all my reviews

Illtown's a startling 180 from the documentaryish "Laws of Gravity", from the same director and much of the same supporting cast...this is a dreamlike, strangely structured film about drug dealers that sets up an expectation of a typical revenge flick, but by the end we don't quite know who's the "good" guys or the "bad" guys, and despite the narrative setting up one set of characters as the protagonists, the antagonist ends up in many ways as sympathetic, if not more, for this is a film that doesn't fill us in on the backstory for some it for Corrigan's great monologue about his wife three quarters of the way in, just one of many great moments in this truly weird, violent, unsettling film...

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Release Date:

16 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cidade Doente See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Worth, Florida, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,478, 18 January 1998

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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