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This World, Then the Fireworks (1997)

In 1950s, two incestuous lovers, a depraved suave journalist and his equally depraved prostitute sister, plan to get rich through seduction and murder. Things complicate when their feeble-minded mother begins to suspect something.

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Michael Oblowitz

Writers:

Jim Thompson (story), Larry Gross (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Loch Philip Loch ... Marty Lakewood's Father
Elis Imboden Elis Imboden ... Neighbour's wife (as Elisabeth Imboden)
Christian Durango Christian Durango ... Little Marty Lakewood
Sloan Cobb Sloan Cobb ... Little Carol Lakewood
Roberta Hanley Roberta Hanley ... Younger Mom Lakewood
Robert Pentz Robert Pentz ... Lou
Marianna Alacchi ... Glenda
Orson Oblowitz Orson Oblowitz ... Eugene
Billy Zane ... Marty Lakewood
Willy Cobbs Willy Cobbs ... Blues Musician
Richard Edson ... Joe
Norman Max Maxwell Norman Max Maxwell ... Thug #1
Matt O'Toole ... Thug #2
Mert Hatfield Mert Hatfield ... Bus Driver
Rue McClanahan ... Mom Lakewood
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Storyline

Marty Lakewood is a reporter forced to leave Chicago and his family because he had uncovered too much police corruption. He returns to his small home town on the California coast to his ailing mother and prostitute sister, with whom he had an incestuous affair. Being short of money, he seduces a woman cop in order to sell her house. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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Some people look for trouble. Carol and Marty make their own. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bu dünya ve ötesi See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,327, 13 July 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$19,906, 13 July 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Pete Rugolo, the great jazz composer who wrote the music for this film was 88 years old at the time. He was the choice of both actor Billy Zane and Director Michael Oblowitz, who felt that he was the perfect choice for the film. See more »

Quotes

Marty Lakewood: They all gotta' go somehow, doll. We all do. It was all written down more than a million years ago by a very funny god. You know, in the beginning, there was nothing. Then He spoke, and that's when all the shit started. We're just pawns, kid. You know, players. Playin' a part. God had to do something to amuse Himself, so He dreamt us up. I hope He got a good laugh, don't you, babe?
Carol Lakewood Morton: The things you say, Marty.
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Soundtracks

THE THRILL IS GONE
Written by Ray Henderson, Les Brown
Performed by Chet Baker
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A seductive film noir wasteland.
3 April 2005 | by PtownB5See all my reviews

Beautifully filmed with a hallmark noir smoky narrative by Billy Zane, who plays the main character, Marty Lakewood. All the characters in this movie, like this movie, are intriguing but so very flawed. But then, aren't we all? The cast was superb, Rue Mclanahan as a feeble mother whose life has outplayed her strength, Billy Zane as Marty Lakewood, a complex parasitic character driven, or being driven, by an ethos perhaps only he understands. Sheryl Lee was phenomenal as a character so desperately needy it blurs your vision, and Gina Gershon plays the twin sister to Marty Lakewood, and she is simultaneously vulnerable and calloused. I can't really tie this movie down with any certainty, but it lingered with me for days, and that is a hallmark of something good. There are some clunky scenes, some gorgeous scenes and there are beautiful diaphanous elements of human nature- there is a dim light within apathy and arrogance, a bond within self indulgence and narcissism- I think the movie is definitely worth checking out.


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