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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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for grisly violence, strong language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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According to Jack Black, the movie performed poorly because "skidmarks" is slang for feces-stained underwear, and therefore people read it as "Johnny Shitstains". See more »


Alice: How's the happy burger?
John Scardino: Mildly amusing.
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You're My Brand
Written by Bnois King & Joe Kubek
Performed by Joseph Kubek
Courtesy of Rounder Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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User Reviews

Not a bad movie,Skids but avoids the crash.
8 November 2004 | by stormrustonSee all my reviews

This movie was better then I expected.

What little gore there was was top notch and effective to the scene,and the production values were fine.

I loved Jack black in it...he was the only Comedy in this "dark comic mystery"

John Lithgow was over the top,and fun as a psycho cop,and Gallagher was very good as the brooding photographer.

The script was a little weak and not fleshed out that well,still all in all a good movie.

The basic story is a freelance photographer gets in over his head with blackmail...then add some twists.

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Release Date:

23 May 1998 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR


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