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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great,, sensual film about New Orleans and the south...
Storyville has always been one of my favorite films, and now it is finally coming to DVD. It is an interesting and stylish brew, much as if Tennessee Williams was channeled by David Lynch as told to Woodward & Bernstein. The story revolves around Cray Fowler, a young ne'er-do-well scion of old south wealth, played by James Spader, attempting to unravel a family mystery...
Published on September 14, 2003

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Holds one's attention
Essentially the misadventures of a young man (Spader), acting rather stupidly, this mystery drama at least keeps one watching throughout its running time. It's a semi-thriller about a rich, southern young lawyer running for congress, attempting to uncover the web of deceit that has been spun around him by opponents unknown, following off from his father's death. Spader...
Published on June 17, 1999


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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great,, sensual film about New Orleans and the south..., September 14, 2003
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This review is from: Storyville (DVD)
Storyville has always been one of my favorite films, and now it is finally coming to DVD. It is an interesting and stylish brew, much as if Tennessee Williams was channeled by David Lynch as told to Woodward & Bernstein. The story revolves around Cray Fowler, a young ne'er-do-well scion of old south wealth, played by James Spader, attempting to unravel a family mystery about his father's suicide, the submerged dealings of the past that built the family fortune, and the present day intrigues of his family and his uncle's drive to have Cray Fowler elected a state senator.
Behind all this is a wonderful cast of characters and a standout performance by Joanne Whalley as a district attorney and former live in lover of Spader's character. Whalley does a fantastic, sensuous southern accent, and the relationship between Whalley and Spader is understated, ironic, and high on heat and barely restrained lust. Just great stuff.
The film is helped immensely by filming on location in New Orleans and southern Louisiana, and the visuals really conjure the Big Easy in heat, of summer and otherwise.
A notable supporting role is that of Spader's estranged wife, a dim witted, greedy and vivacious southern debutante type wonderfully played by Justine Shapiro, who went on to wider fame as the host of the Lonely Planet travel series.
Great fun, very sensual and a wonderful and vastly under appreciated film.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Talented actors alive and well in "The Big Easy"!, May 1, 1999
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This review is from: Storyville [VHS] (VHS Tape)
The past is very much alive and not forgotten in New Orleans. This is one theme of this movie. It also provides an insight as to the sordid business of politics in Louisiana. Solid work from James Spader and from some "Hill Street" actors together with a fantastic soundtrack make this film a great one! Do not miss it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A true picture of how Louisiana operates., October 17, 2005
This review is from: Storyville [VHS] (VHS Tape)
I should know; I grew up there. I agree with Florida, but I think the film was excellently cast, especially Michael Parks as the corrupt cop. Great accent and acting on his part. It may be a bit dated know, since it was made 15 years ago, but that movie is still the Louisiana I grew up in - and believe me, that is how politics still works there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Storyville, September 24, 2008
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Jo Ann Smail (Walnut Creek, Ca. USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Storyville [VHS] (VHS Tape)
A very good story of suspense, intrigue and finally revenge in the end.
Good story set in Louisianna.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Holds one's attention, June 17, 1999
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This review is from: Storyville [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Essentially the misadventures of a young man (Spader), acting rather stupidly, this mystery drama at least keeps one watching throughout its running time. It's a semi-thriller about a rich, southern young lawyer running for congress, attempting to uncover the web of deceit that has been spun around him by opponents unknown, following off from his father's death. Spader gives a terrific, ultra cool performance as the hotshot lawyer and is given strong support all round, notable from Jason Robards. Director Frost (who worked with David Lynch on the cult TV series, "Twin Peaks") keeps the plot moving along at a moderate pace, but one can't help but think it could have been better if the plot had revolved around something more substantial that Spader's whim.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This movie wasn't really great..., June 21, 2004
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This review is from: Storyville (DVD)
I found this movie to be a little too drawn out and confusing, but James Spader did a fairly good job with his role (even though his more recent works are much better). One good thing about this film was the beautiful scenery, colors and lighting in many of the scenes. I just couldn't get into this movie...James Spader's acting abilities were just not at their best in this picture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DVD Storyville, May 11, 2014
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This review is from: Storyville (DVD)
I had this in video since the 1990's, but wore it out watching it, and that is why I ordered the DVD. I love James Spader in anything he plays in. I mostly already have everything I order on line, but want to make sure I keep it. I am not just guessing and hoping it will be good, I already know it is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Spader, March 21, 2014
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Great James Spader movie! He makes any movie more interesting and entertaining. The mystery to it was very well done and of course, New Orleans is always it's own great character!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Under Appreciated Movie, January 26, 2013
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This review is from: Storyville (DVD)
No. It is not Chinatown. Not even close, But this is a very entertaining movie that I have watched time and again. The cast is excellent, top to bottom and in my mind, it is James Spader's best performance.

It has its flaws. But I've already said, it does not approach the perfection of Chinatown. But, if you are in the mood for some intrigue with fine acting and wonderful music all woven together, watch this movie.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Left open ends, June 23, 2004
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M. Tran (Orange County) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Storyville (DVD)
I'm a huge fan of Spader but this was not one of his best. Some parts of the plot was difficult to follow because it was boring and could not hold my attention despite Spader's hotness (haha). The problem I have with this film is the use of the "Vietnamese" woman to carry out the plot. Not only was it bad for the film, it gave Vietnamese viewers like me a bad taste in my mouth once the movie was over. The woman did not look like she was Vietnamese and she was just a medium to add sex and violence into the film. Plus, her fate was left untold after the trial. There's nothing realistic about this movie and Spader's character is not very likable though he's suppose to play the good guy. If you would like to see a good movie with Spader and the Vietnam situation, watch The Pentagon Papers. He plays a real hero in that one and it's based on a true story.
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