Fallen Angels (1993–1995)
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The Professional Man 

Johnny is a lift boy by day and a cold-hearted hitman for an unhinged gay gangster called Charn by night. He's also in a gay relationship with Paul, a bartender from Charn's gay club. Jealous of Johnny, Charn orders him to kill Paul.

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Steven Soderbergh

Writers:

David Goodis (based on a story by), Howard A. Rodman (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Episode credited cast:
Brendan Fraser ... Johnny Lamb
Bruce Ramsay ... Paul
Peter Coyote ... Herman Charn
Bernard Hocke Bernard Hocke ... Holcomb
Alpheus Merchant Alpheus Merchant ... Janitor
Joe Chrest ... Dino
Wayne Pére ... Zig (as Wayne Pere)
Raoul Flambe Raoul Flambe ... Shike
David Ward David Ward ... Passenger
John Mese ... Billy D'Onofrio
Miguel Ferrer ... Prologue Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mike Malone Mike Malone ... Shike (as Raoul Flambe)
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Johnny is a lift boy by day and a cold-hearted hitman for an unhinged gay gangster called Charn by night. He's also in a gay relationship with Paul, a bartender from Charn's gay club. Jealous of Johnny, Charn orders him to kill Paul.

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15 October 1995 (USA) See more »

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Prologue Narrator: Ace elevator operator Johnny Lamb is the ultimate pro. He approaches every aspect of his job as if it were a matter of life or death. But there's another side to Johnny, a side few people know about, a side where life comes hard and death comes all too easily.
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Lovely to Look At
Written by Jerome Kern (as Kern), Dorothy Fields (as Fields)
Performed by Fred Astaire
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David Goodis story drastically altered
13 July 2009 | by RobieTheCatSee all my reviews

I've enjoyed David Goodis novels for years. I recently found out that the hardboiled series, Fallen Angels, adapted his short story, Professional Man, for TV. I tracked it down and found Brendan Fraser was cast as the anti-hero. He's not one of my favorites, but oh well, that's just my personal taste. After viewing the episode I saw that Fraser is not the problem; the story was drastically reworked. The first 10 minutes are filmed exactly as Goodis had written the story, but after that, and I'm sure it was changed for shock value, it becomes apparent that the 1940's story is going to travel a different road. The female characters have been dropped and replaced with gay male characters. Now the story is about a gay hit-man working for a gay mob boss who runs a gay bar. I can't understand why Goodis' story was tampered with, except for the reason that because it aired on Showtime they needed it to be more "adult" than regular network TV. The sad "twist" ending was changed too, and made more sexual. I was very disappointed.


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