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Tough Luck (2003)

A tense and intricate web of deceit and betrayal entangles Archie, a wandering grifter who is hired by a traveling carnival owner to murder his beautiful wife.

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Gary Ellis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Reedus ... Archie
Marco St. John ... Charlie
Rick Negron ... Rafael
David A. Flood David A. Flood ... Bally Talker
George McArthur George McArthur ... Borachov (as George 'The Giant' McArthur)
Fahnohlee Harris Fahnohlee Harris ... Pretty Girl
Marcus Lyle Brown ... Sailor
Dagmara Dominczyk ... Divana
Charles Grant Charles Grant ... Bermuda
Armand Assante ... Ike
Ted Manson ... Saully
F.X. Vitolo ... Vladamir (as Frank Vitolo)
John McConnell John McConnell ... Detective
Jack Radosta Jack Radosta ... Bartender
Patricia Cheron Patricia Cheron ... Floozy
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Storyline

A tense and intricate web of deceit and betrayal entangles Archie, a wandering grifter who is hired by a traveling carnival owner to murder his beautiful wife, Divana, only to be seduced into acting as her accomplice. He tries to fake the murder and collect his payment, but is double-crossed and framed for the crime. On the run, and believing Divana dead, he chances upon her in New Orleans where he discovers the fake murder was just a diversion for her and the carney owner to steal a quarter of a million dollars in laundered casino money. In a seductive play for trust fueled by passion, Divana convinces Archie to take part in a new plot to steal the casino money and start a new life. In a twisted finale he discovers the true meaning of double-cross in a deadly collision of money and revenge. Written by Aaron Rogers

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There's a sucker born every minute.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and sexual content | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 2004 (United Arab Emirates) See more »

Also Known As:

Cruel Divana See more »

Filming Locations:

Alabama, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital | DTS (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Steve Comisar, who played Stan in Tough Luck, appeared in the 1985 X-Rated Film "Sister Dearest" with porn star Traci Lords. See more »

Goofs

After Divana's trailer explodes, the police car that responds is a City of Mobile (Alabama) cruiser instead of a New Orleans cruiser, which is where the film takes place. See more »

Quotes

Archie: I always think of women like casinos. They love you when you are up. They hate you when you are down. They throw you out when you cheat. But still you keep coming back for more.
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Not bad. Not bad at all.
5 January 2005 | by jjamison-1See all my reviews

This would definitely not have been my kind of movie, but my husband saw it on TV and said it was really good. So, on his recommendation, I bought a copy, since I didn't know if it would ever be on TV again. I had never heard of anybody in it except Armand Assante. At first I had a hard time getting into the story, because the first part of the movie is a jumble of images-- and it doesn't make much sense. It is only later in the movie that it all comes together. The scene-cutting- if that's what it's called, is a bit jarring-- it sometimes looks as if a few frames have been cut out of each scene, and the scenes are jerky--but I guess that was done to add to the unusualness (if that's a word). The story veers here and there, and just about the time you have it all figured out, everything turns upside down and you have to readjust your thinking as to who is the bad guy and who is not. Or bad woman. The acting is very good-- I kept thinking how much Norman Reedus looks like Leo Decaprio. The ending was a real twist, totally unexpected, which I liked. A good show.


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