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Zandalee (1991)

Nicolas Cage , Judge Reinhold , Sam Pillsbury  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nicolas Cage, Judge Reinhold, Erika Anderson (II), Joe Pantoliano, Viveca Lindfors
  • Directors: Sam Pillsbury
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: February 15, 2000
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003TKDT
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,686 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Zandalee" on IMDb

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Love has left the marriage of Zandalee and Thierry - so Zandalee finds ecstacy in the arms of Johnny, her husband's boyhood friend. Once aroused, her longings cannot be satisfied until her obsessive need for passion overwhelms the three in a dark triangle of desire and death. Nicolas Cage

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's trash but it's good trash August 15, 2005
While in New Orleans 13 or so years ago, we noticed that a movie was being shot in Jackson Square. A really beautiful actress was jogging through the Square and a bunch of mimes and street people were doing their thing in the back ground. A couple of years later, planning a return trip to NO, I picked up Zandalee in the rental place. We immediately noticed that it was the movies we had seen being made. So, maybe that makes me give it a better rating than if I had just rented it with no "connection" to the movie.

I agree with almost every review that the girl is breathtakingly beautiful, her husband is pathetic and Johnny is a scary loser. You wonder why in the world Zandalee would even speak to him much less have sex over and over with him. That said, the scene early in the AM with Johnny working on the garbage truck and her panties hitting the ground is about the sexiest thing filmed especially since you see nothing further in that scene.

I suppose the ending is almost a requirement but the movie would have been better without it.

If you love New Orleans and its sleasiness and can handle a seemingly normal young woman having a mindless affair with a loser, this is a great movie. We own the VHS version and watch it at least every year or so. Usually, we cut it off right before the end. The sex/love scenes are very good if not explicit enough to rate an X. This is the movie Nicolas Cage never admits to having made.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Erika Andersen makes this movie July 31, 2002
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She IS Zandalee, the sexy and sex-starved creature who propels this tragic story of lust and betrayal. Wow, this actress captivated me when I saw this in theatres eleven years ago. Beauty and talent and loads of sex appeal. Friends and I would debate whether she or Carre Otis (Wild Orchid) were the hottest babes on screen at the time.
Judge Reinhold is her mopey and inevitably cuckolded husband, Thierry. Zandalee yearns for a full and satisfying sex life with Thierry but he is too wrapped up in his own repression to appreciate the glorious gift that is (literally) dancing naked right in front of him.
On the scene comes Johnny (Nicolas Cage), a sleazy old friend of Thierry's who takes full advantage of Zandalee's sexual frustration. She is at first standoffish and untrusting, but caves in to her compelling need and allows Johnny to seduce her and ravish her in the most inappropriate places (like on the freezer in the pantry while Thierry and another dinner guest are chatting in the dining room). The sex with paint scenes are also good, an idea later copied (and abused) by the movie Luscious. I was torn between loathing the treacherous Johnny and eagerly anticipating his next liaison with the beautiful Zandalee.
The French Quarter location and Bayou scenes give great flavor to this movie. Also the assortment of character players whom I can now look back at and say, "Oh, that was him or her!"
Someone else mentioned the great Cajun-sounding score by Pray for Rain, which truly did enhance the exotic mood in the movie. A pity it was never released as a soundtrack.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An OK DVD transfer August 6, 2000
I'm going to review the DVD , not the movie!This DVD transfer is OK , but it lacks extras. There is np scene access, no captions, no letterbox or pan scan on the same DVD. This movie looks like it was copied from the VHS tape to DVD!Onlu buy if you like the stars or movie!Remember you were warned first by me!Buyer beware if you expect caption,commentaries,scenes access ,trailers etc!This disk contains none of those features!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I remember. December 13, 2006
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Zandalee, Zandalee, Zandalee.

Where do I start? Well, I watched this movie on cable a couple of times when I was still a child, and I remember it being a good but forbidden movie. I decided to buy the movie before it became obsolete and enjoy a smut classic. But watching it as an adult has shown me one thing: it's bad in every way. From the bad Louisiana accents to the narcotics inspired acting by Nicolas Cage to the pedestrian acting by Ericka Alexander to the silly script writing. It's very bad. Even the s/ex scenes are not as good as I remembered: a couple come off as rape scenes, which will always be dangerous considering how many confuse rape with consentual desire already. I guess my changing view about Zandalee says a lot about the eyes and mind of a 12 year old versus that of a 25 year old.

Bottom Line: No wonder the film has been conveniently forgotten by those who had anything to do with it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sexual Politics in Pre-Katrina New Orleans November 5, 2006
The natural order of the world we live in says that girls want to be domestic and guys want to spread their seed. Often times these biological urges get people into trouble, usually with the guy cheating on the girl (see: Ryan Phillippe). But there is an X factor in that order, and that is that the girl gets bored. This usually happens when the flame goes out in the marriage and the guy focuses his energy on making money while the housewife has little choice but to become desperate. Enter a dangerous artist (Nicolas Cage) into the equation and you have the makings of a domestic melodrama, although in this case it is a fairly good one. The husband in question Thierry (Judge Reinhold) is basically just a Southern suit who has so lost his soul that he has even given up writing. His wife Zandalee (Erika Anderson) is a free spirit who has an encounter with Johnny (Cage) and decides that it is time for an upgrade.

The film follows a predictable story arch. The artist is more sexy and interesting than the suit so the girl becomes more and more addicted to him even though she knows it is not in her best interest. Thierry starts off playing dumb, then falls into a sort of militant denial, before deciding that he has to win his wife back. Director Sam Pillsbury has lots of fun playing with these stereotypes, but is ultimately tied to them. That these characters represent caricatures from our daily lives works in providing us with a morality tale, but prevents it from being anything more than a mildly good film. The directing itself is pretty pedestrian as he hits every note every other hack director would have hit had they directed this film. The writing comes and goes, but when it goes it goes down hard.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
The movie is fantastic. I cried at the end of this movie. Nicolas Cage is the greatest actor in the world.
Published 3 months ago by Valorie
1.0 out of 5 stars import version did not play
This import dvd from "Panorama" did not play on my Region 1 dvd player. It's advertised as "All Regions" but on the cover it says Region 3. So much for that idea.
Published 5 months ago by blakjak
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and brutal
This movie was fast-paced and brutal. Nicolas Cage was the character you love to hate. Very dark movie, well directed.
Published 8 months ago by bonlee
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot movie
Perfect date movie, with lots of New Orleans scenes, and a dangerous liason between two very sexy stars. The story is bizarre enough to make for an entertaining evening.
Published 18 months ago by John Fraiser
1.0 out of 5 stars Will not play........
Will not play in newer DVD/BlueRay player. Would send it back if I had paid more. Due to format should not be sold to US customers.
Published 19 months ago by Jason Kahanek
4.0 out of 5 stars Straight-to-video gem
A straight-to-video gem from Nicolas Cage. I couldn't play this movie on my dvd player because I think it's a grey market copy from China. Featuring Judge Reinholt!
Published 19 months ago by Thomas S. Maddux
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot and heavy in New Orleans.
This is a good Nick Cage movie. It wasn't a big hit. Some might not like and find it crap. Its not so there!
Published on May 29, 2012 by Bardot
4.0 out of 5 stars Nic Cage goes wild in New Orleans
One-time poet Thierry Martin (Judge Reinhold) has traded his pen to live the corporate life in his father's stead, after his father's death. Read more
Published on November 25, 2011 by Julie L. Hayes
4.0 out of 5 stars Been looking for this for years
I remember this film from years ago and have been looking for it for a long time. I liked it a lot, and if my memory hasn't totally failed me, there is a split second shot of... Read more
Published on May 23, 2010 by B. Singh
1.0 out of 5 stars TACKY SEX DRAMA...
Nicolas Cage was either broke (or whatever) when he made this New Orleans filmed trash. There's no other excuse. Read more
Published on October 26, 2002 by Mark Norvell
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