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Headless Body in Topless Bar (1995)

Late one night, in a seedy topless bar, a group of men watch a stripper dance over their malted beverages. But, one of them is an ex-con who's about to put the group on a collision course ... See full summary »

Director:

James Bruce

Writer:

Peter Koper
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Complete credited cast:
Raymond J. Barry ... Man
Rustam Branaman ... Vic Palmieri
Jennifer MacDonald Jennifer MacDonald ... Candy
Taylor Nichols ... Danny
David Selby ... Bradford Lumpkin
Paul Williams ... Carl Levin
April Grace ... Letitia Jackson
Biff Yeager ... Joe
Tom Bresnahan ... Drunk (as Tom Breznahan)
Deborah De Voto Deborah De Voto ... Dancer
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Late one night, in a seedy topless bar, a group of men watch a stripper dance over their malted beverages. But, one of them is an ex-con who's about to put the group on a collision course with death. Inspired by the events that spawned the New York Post headline, Headless Body in Topless Bar is an intense black comedy about a group of hostages held under the torment of a twisted gunman. The lonely, deranged killer leads the patrons through a bizarre, intriguing, and darkly humorous pop-psychotherapy session that's part truth or dare, part Russian roulette. As the searing drama develops, issues arise: the politics of gender, the effects of institutionalization, and the deadly dance between predator and prey. Who will survive? Candy the jaded stripper? Lumkin, the Wall Street sexual deviant? Carl, the wheelchair-bound regular? Or Vic and Creamface, the two loudmouth beer-chugging hockey buddies? Anything can happen with this madman in charge. Written by Clint Weiler

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ans Messer geliefert See more »

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Green Tea Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Connections

Referenced in Women of the House: Women in Film (1995) See more »

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Modern Man
Written by Prawn
Published by Poundhouse Music
Performed by Prawn
Produced by Thee Slayer Hippie
Prawn Appears Courtesy of URGE Recording Co.
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Surprisingly Chilling
7 July 2000 | by kingfratSee all my reviews

I hired this film fully expecting an over the top black comedy and was shocked to discover a rather sombre story, punctuated by breasts and violence. The character of the headless man, Paul, who continues to function (albeit, on a purely instinctive level) must surely be a parable of where is best friend, Joe, is heading. Spending what would seem to be the best part of his waking hours in a peculiar topless bar Joe is most definitely heading down the road to ruin. Much like his faceless friend, Joe is becoming increasingly detached from the world and finds it hard to express himself and his anguished emotions. Imbibing copious amounts of alcohol, both Paul and Joe are spiraling down towards the inevitably violent conclusion. And the naked women? Beautiful though they are, they constantly taunt Joe who, as we learn from the virtual non-stop monologue, is unable to sustain a loving relationship. Yes sir, some very serious characters and issues here but the question is: does anybody care? with a title like HEADLESS BODY IN A TOPLESS BAR, you're not exactly gonna attract the intellectual crowd. Those in pursuit of some sleazy exploitation will find what they're after but perhaps, should they look closer, will find something much, much more...

Okay, I admit it: I have not seen this movie.


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