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Johnny Skidmarks (1998)

Johnny "Skidmark" Scardino is a free-lance crime-scene photographer and part-time blackmailer. When his associates begin to turn up murdered, he has a very short time to discover the killer before it is his turn.


John Raffo




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


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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The script took five years to find financing. See more »


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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On the Veranda with Miranda
Written by William P. Robertson
Performed by Blind Alvin Pew
Arranged and Produced by Bradley A. Segal & Nicolaas Tenbrock
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The movie skids into some pretty sizable plot holes ..............
23 December 2009 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

"Johnny Skidmarks" is uneven to the extreme. This sometimes black comedy, sometimes thriller, sometimes noir, sometimes violent movie, teeters on the edge of being either entertainment or nonsense. The plot is initially interesting. A police freelance photographer sidelines taking blackmail photographs of unsuspecting clients with a planted hooker. While completely disassociating himself from the victims, Peter Gallagher plays the role of the photographer very low key. Even more low key is his on again off again romance with Francis McDormand. Her role seems like it belongs in a different movie, and adds nothing to the already well stretched plot. In the end the wheels finally come off regarding John Lithgrow's good to bad transformation, and the concluding torture scene turns into one gigantic plot hole. - MERK

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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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Dolby SR


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