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Another Day in Paradise (1998)

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In the hope of a big score, two junkie couples team up to commit various drug robberies which go disastrously wrong leading to dissent, violence and murder.

Director:

Larry Clark
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3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Woods ... Mel
Melanie Griffith ... Sid
Vincent Kartheiser ... Bobbie
Natasha Gregson Wagner ... Rosie
James Otis James Otis ... Reverend
Branden Williams ... Danny
Brent Briscoe ... Clem
Peter Sarsgaard ... Ty
Paul Hipp ... Richard Johnson
Kim Flowers ... Bonnie Johnson
John Gatins ... Phil
Ryan Donahue Ryan Donahue ... Barry
Christopher Doyle ... Conan
Dick Hancock ... Breather
Pamela Gordon ... Waitress
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Storyline

Bobbie is an addict and small-time thief. When one of his jobs goes bad, Mel is called in to patch him up. Mel offers him a chance at a bigger score. Over time, Mel and his girlfriend Sid become almost like parents to Bobbie and his girlfriend Rosie, but this can't last. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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We live at the abyss.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, sexuality, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The Director's Cut DVD includes a second sex scene between Natasha Gregson and Vincent Kartheiser at the motel. According to audio commentary by Larry Clark, the scene had to be cut in order to avoid an NC-17 rating. See more »

Goofs

James Woods says his Caddy is a Coupe De Ville, when it is a Sedan De Ville. See more »

Quotes

Rosie: I'll come back later and give you a blow job.
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Alternate Versions

R1 DVD version includes both the R-rated theatrical version and an unrated director's cut. See more »


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Me & Mrs. Jones
Written by Kenny Gamble, Cary Gilbert, Leon Huff
Performed by The Sun City Girls
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Extremely well executed drama...
11 January 2010 | by dwpollarSee all my reviews

1st watched 12/26/2009 – 8 out of 10(Dir-Larry Clark): Extremely well executed drama about a couple of older drug-using thieves who take a younger couple under their wings as they survive in this rough un-forgiving chaotic world. The movie begins as the younger couple is introduced and the male character(played by Vincent Kartheiser) robs a community college's snack room of it's vending machine change and gets ferociously beat up by a security guard but then kills him. Uncle Mel(played by James Woods) then invites the kids to tag along with him and his girl and they graduate to bigger thefts with bigger consequences. The older couple(who can't have kids) kind of take on a tutoring and parenting role to the younger couple and they start developing a good friendship as well. It's obvious there are needs being fulfilled both ways in a companionship perspective as they both have many losses in their personal lives. Mistakes start being made after it's determined the younger girl is pregnant and the younger couple start evaluating whether this life is for them. This causes friction in the characters in this no-holds barred insane lifestyle movie where the characters just want to make good for themselves and this vulnerability brings the audience to like the characters. Melanie Griffith is un-expectedly excellent as the older woman and the overall acting and direction is very well done. You believe this story and that keeps you interested and involved until the end. The movie itself is not for the faint-at-heart but it is a definite un-heralded gem in the independent film-making world and should be viewed.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paradise See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,900, 3 January 1999

Gross USA:

$1,036,818

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,036,818
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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