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Plain Dirty

Dominique Swain , Henry Thomas , Zev Berman  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dominique Swain, Henry Thomas, Arie Verveen, James Urbaniak, Karen Allen
  • Directors: Zev Berman
  • Writers: Deborah Pryor
  • Producers: Andrea Magder, Brian Gerber, Jake Froelich, Lauren Moews, Lysa Hayland
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Screen Media
  • DVD Release Date: May 4, 2004
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001I2CHK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,119 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Plain Dirty" on IMDb

Editorial Reviews

Inez Macbeth (Dominique Swain) is married to Edgar (Henry Thomas), a violent petty thief with big ambitions. When her loveless marriage leads to an affair with a gentle young lawyer, Edgar retaliates by brutally holding her captive with the help of his best friend Flowers (Arie Verveen). With time running out, Inez concocts a desperate escape, but does she have the guts to do what it takes? Sometimes love hurts, sometimes it kills.

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105 of 118 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good indie backwoods film August 12, 2005
I rented this one because of Dominique Swain, I kept watching it because of Dominique Swain, but I ended up enjoying it because of the 2nd half of the movie. What starts off as a "burning bed" flick set in the Louisiana swamps ends up as a compelling drama in which three main characters undergo a life-changing transformation. Swain fans may be disappointed that she spends the entire film covered in grime & most of it wearing an eye patch. Once the abusive husband issue is resolved halfway through, the movie really comes into its own. The ending is very satisfying as the two main characters realize that they are irresistibly connected in a most profound way. Director Zev Berman does a great job.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Macbeths of Southern Virginia May 14, 2004
By A Customer
Perhaps not everybody's cup of tea, but I loved this movie. Intense from the outset. I did not find any of the characters to be particularly likeable. The title aptly describes the squalid lives of most of the main characters. A visually rich film with some nice twists in the story. Henry Thomas ("Elliot" from E.T.) turns in a particularly outstanding performance of explosive menace. Dominique Swain (as Inez Macbeth) fills the screen with her sensuality - a battered lady Macbeth who instead of manipulating her husband, manipulates others to carry out her dark wishes. Arie Verveen is just plain creepy (and dirty). Hard to think of apt comparisons in the filmaking style, but one that comes to mind is perhaps a touch of David Lynch - especially with some of the grimy and creepy visual touches.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The movie title says it all... July 4, 2010
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I sat through the entire movie, and while I did enjoy it I couldn't shake the aversion to all of the dirt. Everybody lived in absolute squalor except for the so-called "rich" folks. I have been around my share of country people and for the most part they have been clean and orderly folks. Contrast that to the characters in this flick who live in the most sickening of environments with dirt everywhere, dishes that appear to have never been washed, bugs crawling all over the kitchen...yechhhhh!!! Even the people themselves stayed covered in dirt for the whole movie. Real people don't live that way. The plot is good, the acting okay, and the ending pretty well fits with the storyline, so I can't give it fewer than three stars. Give the cast a bath and put them in more normal surroundings and it would be worth four stars. However, an argument could be made that the story needed this type of set to play out properly...I'm just saying it was pretty depressing. The story is set in a swampy area of Virginia and has a fair amount of action and tension. One of the lead characters has two or three marijuana plants growing on his porch and figures he'll be able to sell the pot when it's ready for harvest and make enough to give his wife a better life. Remember, I didn't give it five stars. Turns out the pot is junk and not able to get anyone 'high' so he goes about trying to come up with a way to get some good seeds to plant on his four acres of land. Meanwhile his wife is already working on her own plans for a better life and he suspects it. Throw in a local 'witch' who smokes profusely and reads bones in order to give his wife advice and you have the makings of this movie. Did I mention that this guy is also abusive? Read more ›
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62 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Way under the radar May 10, 2004
By A Customer
Like other great movies that fall way under the radar, this movie appeals to a specific audience called movie fanatics! If you are a movie fanatic, this movie is not to be missed.
The performances of Dominique Swain and Arie Verveen will haunt you. Just like her character in "Lolita", Swain once again fills the screen with overpowering sensuality and intensity. I have never seen Arie Verveen before but I am now obsessively seeking out his other movies. His character is a beautiful, hypnotic redneck. Yes, I used beautiful and redneck in the same sentence!
See this movie now!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great movie October 3, 2010
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This movie was very interesting. I enjoyed it thourougly. To be honest, I bought it because of the tags. I'm a sucker for good stories and nudity. This had no nudity at all in it. So don't buy it based on that fact. If you want a great story though this is for you. It has a really creepy feaurette in the "special features". I'd recommend this movie to just about anyone.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the deep South!! July 4, 2008
I came across this movie on the LMN, and I loved it!! I was sucked right into this movie from the beginning, and caught myself wondering why isn't she doing this, or why doesn't she do that? I love Dominique Swain, and she was brilliant as a poor southern girl, and her friendship with her fortune teller friend was great, but the only part that really bugged me was WHY WAS SHE SO FILTHY THROUGH THE WHOLE MOVIE? I don't mean a filthy mouth, I mean, she obviously NEVER took a bath. EVER. I wanted to reach into the movie and throw her into the river myself.
I don't recommend this movie for everyone, I personally love everything about the south, and this movie has IT ALL! The accents, the messy house out in the bayou, the mental stalking crazy guy, the abusive husband,... if you like that kind of thing, this is the movie for you, but if not, you might want to invest in a movie like,... Girl, where Dominique is clean and sweet.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A Dirty Life
Inez Macbeth(Dominique Swain) is married to Edgar(Henry Thomas), a violent petty theif with big ambitions. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Taheen Lopez
3.0 out of 5 stars dark
Sort of depressing movie. I mainly got it for Swain. Kinda sexy in a trashy way. Movie plot: a girl who lives in the hills with her man who abuses her, she has two other men who... Read more
Published 5 months ago by midas81
5.0 out of 5 stars get it .
now this is a good movie I haven't seen a real good movie since Instinct and Spitfire Grill this movie is good for ages 16 and up and adults very good movie , I would recommend... Read more
Published 7 months ago by tin
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Okay
The movie is sensual in content but not overtly risqué, in my opinion. I liked Dominique Swain in Lolita, and thought she gives a good performance here.
Published 7 months ago by Earl Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful
great movie.this is very good movie.get you all excited.the actors were great and loving.i will always enjoy this one for ever.
Published 11 months ago by rfhco2
3.0 out of 5 stars okay
It was an okay movie but I don't know if I would have recommended it for anyone. If you want it, rent first, then buy.
Published 11 months ago by SueLB
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it now
This movie is excellent movie enjoy but you need a strong stomic to watch so be a wear of the movie it is very sexuality not for kids at all do not bring kids only adults you need... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Keven
2.0 out of 5 stars Just didn't enjoy it
Just couldn't find much to enjoy here. Unexceptional acting, seemed low budget, and without much plot (or at least not an interesting one).
Published 14 months ago by Str8talk
5.0 out of 5 stars eexcellent movie
II was blown away with the actors. Very well played, and the twist at the was fabulous. I will highly recommend this movie to all my friends. This is truly a gem.
Published 16 months ago by Johanna Munoz
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it.
It is one of those creepy movies. Just "Plain Dirty" would explain it perfectly. Everyone in the movie needs a shower, but I enjoy these types of movies sometimes.
Published 16 months ago by Susan Gomez
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