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  • Actors: Steve Buscemi, Sarah Silverman, Romany Malco, Peter Dinklage, Jesse Garcia
  • Directors: Hue Rhodes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Vivendi Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 13, 2010
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0039PGHA0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,430 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Saint John of Las Vegas" on IMDb

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From producers Spike Lee and Stanley Tucci comes this hilarious comedy about an ex-gambler who is lured back into the game by a veteran insurance-fraud investigator.

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Just as O Brother, Where Art Thou? relocated Homer's Odyssey to the Deep South, first-time filmmaker Hue Rhodes tries something similar with Dante's Inferno. After things go rotten in Vegas, John Alighieri (Steve Buscemi), a slick-haired gambler, takes a job as an insurance claims adjuster in Albuquerque. When we meet him, he's kissed the cards and the dice goodbye, but he still can't resist the lure of a lottery scratch ticket. Consequently, John's finances remain rocky until his tightfisted boss, Mr. Townsend (Peter Dinklage, unctuous), offers him the opportunity to join the fraud squad. John and Virgil (The 40-Year-Old Virgin's Romany Malco) just have to prove that Vegas stripper Tasty D. Lite (Emmanuelle Chriqui) is faking her injuries. Before they leave, John hits on smiley face-obsessed cubicle mate Jill (Sarah Silverman, miscast as a minx), who proves surprisingly receptive to his advances. If Townsend is a piece of work, the alternately stone-faced and bitingly critical Virgil represents even more of a challenge. As John and Virgil travel through virtual Circles of Hell, they encounter the likes of Ned, a nude militiaman (O Brother's Tim Blake Nelson); Smitty, a human torch with a faulty suit (John Cho, face hidden); and finally "Lucypher" himself. Like the Coen Brothers film, Saint John works as more of a riff on a literary classic than a full-on reinterpretation. If the sun-blasted black comedy is rarely as black or as comic as intended, Buscemi remains good value throughout, especially in his quasi-surrealistic scenes with Malco. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Customer Reviews

The casting was great, all the characters were enjoyable and entertaining.
Barbara James
If any of those three genres appeals to you, or you just like Buscemi, Malco, Silverman or Dinklage, you're bound to like this quietly funny, smart film.
K. Swanson
The character fit Buscemi perfectly, Romany Malco's character was pretty damn good too.
Dr. Death

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Swanson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 17, 2011
Format: DVD
Surprising that there's only four reviews of this here; I though the Buscemi fan club alone would give maybe a few dozen. Oh well. In any case, I expected little, having heard nothing of Saint John, and was very pleasantly treated to a rather funny and entertaining film.

It's an oblique satire on Dante's Inferno, with Buscemi being called John Alighieri to make it clear (Dante's last name for 800, Alex?). Director Rhodes has a nice eye for composition and a crisp sense of humor; there are plenty of sly laughs here in both the script and shots. Buscemi is better than usual but it's Romany Malco as Virgil who steals this one. He really delivers the goods and is hard to stop watching; he knows how to turn the camera into his friend. A very enjoyable performance and worth watching this film for alone.

I also liked Silverman more than usual, and Dinklage continues to be hilarious in everything, it seems. He was great in Elf, the original Death At A Funeral (a classic), and many others, and he's equally funny here. There's something about him when he's angry that's hard not to laugh at. Rhodes also gets nice little turns from all the bit players, the sign of a good director, and I think we'll be seeing a lot more quality work from him, and from Malco too.

There are also some quick but perfect scenes showing John's gambling addiction that are all too accurate, yet funny too. It's the quietly wise moments like that which lift Saint John well above the average buddy/road/Vegas flick. If any of those three genres appeals to you, or you just like Buscemi, Malco, Silverman or Dinklage, you're bound to like this quietly funny, smart film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rlene on August 14, 2013
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can't really explain why its just feel good movie... I have to listen to it on my way to work sometimes coming from work on my Netflix (phone)... sadly they took it off of Netflix.. but when all else fails I always go find what I need on Amazon right :-)...just something about the movie soothes me?:)
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bobby S. on June 24, 2010
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Quirky road/buddy comedy by director Hue Rhodes, sort of in a string of vignettes that add up to a clever twist ending. Great supporting cast including Peter Dinklage, John Cho and Tim Blake Nelson makes for a lot of fun and continued interest.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Death on August 15, 2010
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I wasn't really expecting much from this movie but it turned out to be pretty good. The character fit Buscemi perfectly, Romany Malco's character was pretty damn good too. This is at least worth renting if not buying. If you do not like indie films that don't have a huge budget or doesn't have the best known actors then you wouldn't enjoy this.
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I love this movie, what a hidden gem. I must have watched it like 5 times now, makes me want to be a fraud investigator. Steve Buscemi is made for this roll. I actually like the entire cast. Not like any other movie I've seen, it's off-beat hilarious and totally unpredictable. Not your typical comedy though, definately adult humor and for folks that like or can appreciate gamblers.
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A likable, if short, movie at 85 minutes. The DVD transfer looks good and the audio sounds great. Would've appreciated subtitles but oh well. It's a pretty easy movie to get right into and Buscemi and Malco play well off each other. The story set-up is interesting too, with these two insurance claims investigators digging around the deserts of Las Vegas in search of a fraudulant claim, namely that of Miss Tasty Dee-light's, a stripper with a case of whiplash. John (Buscemi), a semi-recovered compulsive gambler spends a lot of time trying to figure out if luck is with him, and less time trying to avoid buying lottery tickets. The movie in its final analysis might be seen as a kind of philosophical treaty a guy makes with himself on the subject of luck. It's well filmed and in spite of being loosely based on Dante's Inferno, it's mostly a fairly light ride with black-ish humor. A slightly anti-climactic ending may have resulted in some of its low ratings. But what it does have going for it is a good scenario, fine acting and a cinematic feel. It's not the best movie Buscemi's ever done, but it's nothing to be ashamed of either.
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