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If there's one thing private eye Tom O'Toole (Nick Nolte, Mulholland Falls) knows, he's falling for Angela Crispini (Debra Winger, Black Widow), his seductive young client. But what he doesn't know could get him killed. Angela has hired O'Toole to prove a local teenager was wrongly convicted of murder. Following her leads, O'Toole soon suspects the town may be involved in some kind of cover-up. But what bothers him most of all is Angela herself. The more time he spends with her, the more O'Toole begins to realize she's either lying, insane or both.
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The studio's decision to market Everybody Wins as a thriller probably didn't help it with audiences. It's not a movie for people who expect movies to do all their thinking for them. In terms of subtlety and sly wit, it's much closer to the first half of Kubrick's Lolita than to film noir. Film noir says that nihilism is really all that's left. Everybody Wins, which ends with a big celebration that only Tom O'Toole walks out on, says, satirically, that once you give in to nihilism, it's party time in the madhouse.
Anyone expecting a genre piece will probably agree with this movie's terrible reviews. It deserved better. It has its own sustained way of seeing, and provides the pleasures of the completely unexpected.
Here's the story...Tom O'Toole(Nolte) is private eye, who at first appearance, you might take him for a young Columbo, but Columbo he is not. He takes on a case from the beautiful and charming Angela Crispini(Winger), who claims to have information that could free a man unjustly convicted of murder. Angela wraps Tom around her little finger; she throws him little bits of information about the case, implying that not only do they have the wrong guy, but there are corrupt politians who are involved as well. She says cryptically, "This case goes all the way to the top of the mountain." She seduces him till he can't think straight. Angela's got a little bit of a personality problem, the problem is she's got three of them(personalities). Tom is never really sure who he is dealing with.
As Tom digs futher into the case he must deal with the most taxing array of lunatics, all living in the same town. The main suspect, Jerry(Patton),is an ex-drug runner turned religous fanatic, and he is surrounded by a wild group of bikers who worship a dead civil war hero. There's Angela's ex - the D.A. that worked the case originally, and the Judge that would like to know Angela better.
Okay stop laughing, this is not a comedy(At least I don't think it was).
Although the story seemed a little far fetched, there are a few good points that are worth the view. The story had lots of twists and turns, and was not totaly predictable. The actors performances were good. I must admit Debra Winger did a good job portraying mulitple personalities; Nolte, as the in the dark detective, and Patton as a psychotic also gave fine performances. I really liked the soundtrack, mostly by Leon Redbone.
So you might want to give this one a try, espcially if you are a fan of modern noir, Arthur Miller, or any of these actors, just to get a taste of something a little different.
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Check it out......Laurie
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