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Things to Do In Denver When You're Dead

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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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  • 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:
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  • 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 (139 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000IQC9
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,326 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAME on September 28, 2004
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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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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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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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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I'm more than a little ashamed to admit that it took me 9 years to get around to seeing this movie. And I consider myself a lover of this type of pic. I just had a hard time coming across it in the usual retail outlets. But, alas I find the movie and I have to say it's just great....Sure, the dialogue does try to force feed some one liners and catchphrases at you..."Boat Drinks" and "Buckwheats" being just a couple...If you can somehow avoid cringing everytime they are less than smoothly inserted into the conversations, all the better. Andy Garcia does a good job of giving this movie an emotional and moral core, as the man straddling the line between good and evil, his past and his future all at once. Treat Williams gives an astounding performance as a complete loon. All in all everyone does well here. One must question the wisdom of Garcia's character allowing the oldest and the most unstable of the crew to perform the most demanding part of their seemingly simple task. Garcia himself and Winn would have been much better in that instance. O well, quibble I must, but I suppose if more capable hands (no pun intended) had done the job, this would have been a rather short movie.. But it's a great movie nonethe less. Flashes of brilliance, even.
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