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Things to Do In Denver When You're Dead (1995)

Andy Garcia , Christopher Llyod , Gary Fleder  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Andy Garcia, Christopher Llyod, william Forsythe, Bill Nunn, Treat Williams
  • Directors: Gary Fleder
  • Writers: Scott Resenberg
  • Producers: Cary Woods
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • 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: Miramax Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 6, 2012
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000IQC9
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,553 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Sexy Andy Garcia (When A Man Loves A Woman) heads an outstanding all-star cast in this riveting and highly original thriller! When a powerful mob boss (Christopher Walken - Pulp Fiction) gives ex-gangster Jimmy the Saint (Garcia) one last job, it's an offer he can't refuse! But when someone gets killed, Jimmy and his partners are marked for death, leaving Jimmy just 48 hours to put things right for his buddies and the woman of his dreams (beautiful Gabrielle Anwar - Scent Of A Woman)! Acclaimed by critics nationwide, Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead delivers sensational edge-of-your-seat entertainment!

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Scott Rosenberg's script for "Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead" skates the edge big time in this 1995 film. There are times when what comes out of the mouth of his characters is on a par with Elmore Leonard and Quentin Tarrantino, but there are also moments when the verbiage becomes so dense that the film loses momentum. But whether you think that Rosenberg comes out ahead in the end or falls short, I can guarantee you that you will never forget what it means to "Buckwheat" somebody and that "Boat drinks" will sound like a great idea until the day you die.

The situation in "Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead" is that Jimmy the Saint (Andy Garcia) and his buddies know there time is coming to an end any moment. Jimmy runs a business where dying people get to videotape words of wisdom from beyond the grave to their loved ones. Throughout the film we get to see clips from such tapes, and if you do not know who is going to appear on the last one then you are not really thinking ahead on this one. This might be a good idea but it is a lousy business and Jimmy has been losing money and what he owes is now due to the Man With the Plan (Christopher Walken), a psychotic paraplegic who knows exactly how Jimmy can work out his debt.

A widower, the Man's son has been arrested for trying to molest a young girl on a school playground in broad daylight. The Man thinks that the son will get himself right again if only he can get back together with his old girlfriend, but she has a new boyfriend. Jimmy is order to pick up the boyfriend when he comes back to Denver and "brace" him.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FILM NAMES, GREAT PACE. June 11, 2004
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They must have liked the script and great characters as Jimmy The Saint, Franchise, E-Z Winn and Mr. Shush. Andy Garcia, Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi and others decided to forego their usual paydays to act in this now indie classic. THINGS TO DO IN DENVER is a great paced, extremely likeable film. The most fervent work is turned in by Treat Williams, as psychotic Critical Bill, and the major cool, Walken as the wheelchair bound, Man With The Plan (Jenny McCarthy as his nurse). Jack Warden old-pros his way by semi-narrating the tale of a group of misbegotten criminals and their impending doom. I'd buy at the Thick 'N' Rich anyday. Boat drinks all around!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Andy Garcia's best performance among a stellar cast. September 3, 2005
Format:DVD
I often wonder if director's purposely set out to cast as many eccentrics as possible. We've seen it when Abel Ferrara cast Willem Dafoe and Chris Walken in New Rose Hotel, combining seemingly two of the most bizarre actors in Hollywood. And don't forget At Close Range, which combined Crispin Glover and Walken. Also, Steve Buscemi and Walken were together in Pulp Fiction. Are you noticing a common element? That's right: Walken.

He's here in a bit, but pivotal, role as a mob boss who employs reformed former associate Jimmy "The Saint"(Garcia), nicknamed The Saint due to his former aspirations to be a priest, to do a simple "action." Well, Jimmy and his crew screw up BIG TIME and the crime boss, known on the streets as the "man with the plan", tells Jimmy to leave town or else.....

Jimmy has a moral conflict due to the fact that "the man with the plan" resfuses to offer Jimmy's crew the same mercies. Things gradually digress, with Jimmy's crew finding themselves the victims of a progression of assassinations at the hands of one Steve Buscemi, known here as Mr. Shhh.

A very good film with many name-brand actors. Andy Garcia does a phenomenal job here, a job that is the best I've seen from him - ever. Here's a list of actors from this film that you'll either know by name of by face.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars dillo's reviews from down under November 9, 2002
Format:DVD
Wow!! One not to be missed. Highly underated in all areas, direction, production, script and acting. Now how could anyone not like a film with two of the best actresses of recent times giving 100%- I refer to Fairuza Balk and Gabrielle Anwar. Top them off with a wonderful effort from Andy Garcia and Steve Buscemi and this really is a collectable, in whatever format you can grab hold of. One of the top 20 films in my collection of over 3500.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another movie to watch before you're dead! November 21, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Am I the only film buff who is tired of that knee-jerk phrase "Post-Tarantino" being slapped onto every film released since "Reservoir Dogs" that features a Heist Gone Awry? Tarantino himself "borrowed" shamelessly from a genre that dates back from 1954's "The Asphalt Jungle". "Things To Do In Denver..." merely carries on this time-honored Noir tradition, with much aplomb. Yes, it's formulaic, but when you've got crackling dialogue spouted by the likes of Chris Walken, Jack Warden, Andy Garcia, Treat Williams and Steve Buscemi, you can't go wrong. Despite the trappings of hip posturing and cartoon violence that run rampant in the script, Andy Garcia turns in a surprisingly moving and layered performance that gives the film some genuine heart (and class!). Treat Williams and Christopher Walken are barely able to contain thier glee as they chew up the scenery in entertaining Grand Guginol fashion. Look fast for a pre-"Boogie Nights" Don Cheadle as a trash talking gangsta. Quite enjoyable if you're in the mood for an old-fashioned shoot-em-up with post-modern attitude.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great product.
Item delivered on time, was as described, great product.
Published 4 days ago by G. Donovan
5.0 out of 5 stars As good or better than BoonSaints
This movie is THE ultimate sleeper.
The casting of the characters is the best you will see in a long time. Truly a remarkable cast and story.
Published 5 months ago by Paul Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product! Great Price! It was absolutely what I expected!
It was absolutely what I expected! I will be doing business with them again real soon!! Great product! Great Price! It was absolutely what I expected! Will do business again!
Published 10 months ago by Theodore J Holloway
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Quality as expected. Fair Price. Movie is funny with a great cast and Treat Williams is priceless! Jimmy the Saint..you go boy
Published 10 months ago by Jeff Gardner
4.0 out of 5 stars Reservoir Broncos.
Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (Gary Fleder, 1995)
[originally posted 13Jul2000]

Why in the world did this twisted, sick little gem of a film never get the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Robert Beveridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark yet beautiful
I would recommend this to anyone who loves crime drama. It's a bit sad but that particular tone is necessary to tell the story as it must be told. Steve Buscemi fans rejoice. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Bound
2.0 out of 5 stars Trashy Culture
If this had been on TV I would have changed channel. I skipped thru much of it as being distasteful. The Sound Director was most prominent with super noises.
Published 11 months ago by Dan Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cast, great story, great action!
All-around fantastic movie from an all-star cast. Action and intrigue from start to finish. Andy Garcia at his best work.
Published 11 months ago by Randy Roosekrans
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic
Ok so I have to admit that I love off-beat movies like this. The acting was not the best that any of these actors have done but it is quite good. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jeff Daniel Grundmann
2.0 out of 5 stars AN AMAZING CAST BUT A HORRIBLE SCRIPT AND DARK CAMERA WORK RUIN THIS...
I'm not a hater and I'm always rooting for Andy Garcia! When Andy Garcia came upon the movie acting scene, I really thought that, by the end of his acting career, that he was going... Read more
Published 13 months ago by cornbreadthedog
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