This World, Then the Fireworks Movie Review 1997

Information and Film Reviews for This World, Then the Fireworks the Movie

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Long on style but short on substance, overwrought neo-noir tells the tragic tale of traumatized twins living a totally debauched life. After seeing their father murdered in a romantic triangle, which left their mother (McClanahan) with physical and emotional scars, brother Marty (Zane) and sister Carol (Gershon) cling to each other as they grow up and engage in an implied incestuous relationship. The duo winds up grifters, murdering and pillaging their way through a small coastal town in the 1950s. Lee plays a messed-up cop who, tragically, becomes an easy mark for Marty. Based on a 1955 short story by Jim Thompson, director Oblowitz's debut gets too caught up in the excesses of pulp and focuses on slick visuals and dramatic score over a coherent story. Well-cast performances are universally solid and engaging.


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Available on VHS
Running time 100 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Adapted from a Story, Books to Film: Jim Thompson, Incest, Contemporary Noir, Scams, Stings & Cons, L.A., Period Piece: 1950s, Crimes of Passion, Twins
Larry Gross
Billy Zane, Gina Gershon, Sheryl Lee, Rue McClanahan, Seymour Cassel, Will Patton, Richard Edson, William Hootkins
Tom Priestley
Michael Oblowitz
Pete Rugolo
Brad Wyman, Largo Ent., Orion Pictures

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