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A crackpot ex-nun (Huppert) who writes pornographic short stories crosses paths with an amnesiac (Martin Donovan) wandering the streets of New York City. When they set out to uncover his identity, they come face to face with his unsavory past including a vengeful porno actress (Elina Lowensohn) andruthless corporate assasins hot on their trail. One thing is certain, they are all amateurs when itcomes to affairs of the heart. Hailed by critics as "a sharp witted thriller, the extraordinary cast brings snap and surprising heart to Hartley's riffs on sex, lies and exploitation" (Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE).
It's Mussorgsky's 'Pictures At An Exhibition' a la Henry Mancini's 'Peter Gunn' theme.
It's Jack Kerouac recites a Dashiell Hammett novel. Read more
Amateur is one of the best Hartley films. Great characters, dialogue, and nice tips of the hat to the human condition with some good laughs as well.Published on April 12, 2011 by mikea
In fact, if I didn't know the release date of both films, I'd be tempted to accuse one director of lifting from the other or vice versa. Read morePublished on November 23, 2010 by venussansfurs
The best of Hal Hartley & Huppert, an ex nun who writes pornographic fiction.
+ Very funny Yuppie-Hit men. Read more
I am getting hooked on the Hal Hartley films and although I haven't seen them all I am such a fan that I would say any of his movies from the 80s and 90s I'd consider classic. Read morePublished on April 12, 2009 by Blair Gordon
THIS FILM IS QUIRKY GREAT!!!!
ONE OF MR.HARTLEY'S BEST!!!!
ISABELLE & MARTIN... WHAT A GREAT PAIR!
The subject matter alone drew me to this movie. Not knowing the history of the director, Hal Hartley, but knowing of his followers, I decided to check it out. Read morePublished on March 8, 2007 by Gialloman
Typically, Hartley's films are not for everyone (some might argue they're not for anyone). Still, if you've got the patience, you familiarize yourself with the style of writing,... Read morePublished on April 12, 2005 by G P Padillo