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Victor Mancini Sam Rockwell has got some problems -- when he's not at Sex Addicts Anonymous meetings hunting for women to bed, he masquerades as a choking victim in restaurants as a scheme to gather money from unsuspecting strangers, which he uses to keep his ailing mother Anjelica Huston in a high-end extended-care facility for her extreme dementia. But what happens when this messed up Colonial-era theme-park employee finds Mrs. Right in the guise of his mother's doctor -- and how can he give their relationship ...
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Victor Mancini Sam Rockwell has got some problems -- when he's not at Sex Addicts Anonymous meetings hunting for women to bed, he masquerades as a choking victim in restaurants as a scheme to gather money from unsuspecting strangers, which he uses to keep his ailing mother Anjelica Huston in a high-end extended-care facility for her extreme dementia. But what happens when this messed up Colonial-era theme-park employee finds Mrs. Right in the guise of his mother's doctor -- and how can he give their relationship a try when she tells him he's the next coming of Jesus Christ? Based on Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club pitch-black comedic novel, Choke is adapted and directed by David Mamet alumni Clark Gregg, whose career spans stage, screen, and TV work as well as a screenplay credit for Robert Zemeckis' 2000 thriller What Lies Beneath.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Audio Commentary with Director/Writer/Actor Clark Gregg and Actor Sam Rockwell; ; Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Clark Gregg and Sam Rockwell; ; Gag Reel; ; Featurettes: A Conversation with Clark Gregg and Chuck Palahniuk; My Name Is Victor, and I'm a Sex Addict; A Mother's Love; From the Los Angeles Film Festival; ; Fox Movie Channel Presents Casting Session
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It should probably be noted up front that Choke is not a movie for the squeamish, the faint of heart, the easily embarrassed, or virtually anyone who isn't game for watching modern life's ugliest and most sexually explicit truths projected unapologetically onscreen. But then, a viewer with such an uncomfortably modest predisposition should probably know better than to sit down and watch a movie like Choke in the first place. For the rest of us, the nastiness only adds to the appeal. First of all, this is an adaptation of a popular Chuck Palahniuk novel. Palahniuk is the author behind 1999's Fight Club a movie that sent hoards of hysterical critics into a spastic fit, calling the film antisocial and nihilistic, and much more pertinently, he's one of his generation's best-selling and most prominent authors of transgressional fiction. In a very dirty nutshell: this stuff is supposed to be shocking, cynical, and raw. That seeming irreverence to basically everything is part of the fundamental mechanism through which this style of narrative imparts its meaning. Plenty of audience members are sure to shut down before they can imbibe a single footnote of the story's subtext, but it doesn't change the fact that the message of a movie isn't always determined by the actions of the main character. And in the case of Choke, the protagonist actually does spell out the film's thesis for you -- eventually. Prudish viewers don't even really need to be familiar with Palahniuk to know what they're getting into with this movie; one would hope they'd shy away based on the premise alone. Sam Rockwell plays Victor Mancini, a sex-addicted historical reenactor at a Colonial Williamsburg-type destination for school field trips and particularly boring nuclear families. Victor's mother Anjelica Huston lives in an extended-care facility with early-onset dementia so severe that when Victor comes to visit, she always thinks he's someone else. Usually, she's convinced he's a lawyer from her days as a fugitive political activist -- a career that mostly consisted of doing lots of drugs, and committing dangerous acts of public mischief carried out with the help of her son, whom she'd kidnap from his current foster parents until the next time they got caught. This history is told through flashbacks -- which are a dicey medium to use in any movie -- but for Choke's purposes, there was really no other choice. Thankfully, they're executed fairly painlessly, and while you can't help noticing that they had to add a little sepia tone to make Huston pass for 20 years younger, the sporadic jumps to Victor's childhood provide such sharp contrast to his present-day debauchery that the intended meaning behind our hero's scandalous lifestyle becomes crystal clear. And the scandal is clear, too; make no mistake about it, Victor has tons and tons of sweaty, grinding, unglamorous sex with every woman he can get his hands on -- and he gets a flash of a previous or hopeful encounter with nearly every woman he can't. But Victor's carnal shenanigans are a compulsion. Remember, he's an addict, with a painful if somewhat earnestly presented backstory. The film pulls no punches in portraying Victor's myriad sexual adventures with frank insight into the erotic adrenaline rush that he gets out of them, but it also lays it on the line in depicting how this never-sated compulsion is really a grotesque expression of sadness and trauma. Incidentally, his titular habit of feigning choking in restaurants as a ploy to make money is linked just as directly to these themes, but choking isn't nearly as interesting as full-frontal nudity. The film succeeds because of this mixture of wry irreverence and genuine vulnerability. It satirizes the hypocrisy of sexual mores with an abandon that feels undeniably cool, but it also arrives at its emotional apex without face-saving or apology. After all, the movie tackles the wild and improbable events that propel the plot not half of which are listed here with enough conviction to make them seem, well, not entirely impossible -- it might as well dive toward the deeply felt, unprotected underbelly of its climax with the same force. Lucky for those who can handle it, it does.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/17/2009
  • UPC: 024543543909
  • Original Release: 2008
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sam Rockwell Victor Mancini
Anjelica Huston Ida Mancini
Kelly MacDonald Paige Marshall
Brad Henke Denny
Clark Gregg Lord High Charlie
Bijou Phillips Ursula
Gillian Jacobs Beth
Jonah Bobo Young Victor
Paz de la Huerta Nico
Viola Harris Eva Muller
Joel Grey Phil
Isiah Whitlock Jr. Detective Palmer
Heather Burns Gwen
Matt Malloy Detective Foushee
Kathryn Alexander Agnes
Technical Credits
Clark Gregg Director, Screenwriter
Nicholas Bell Asst. Director
Roshelle Berliner Production Designer
Suzanne Crowley Casting
Matteo DeCosmo Art Director
Johnathan Dorfman Producer
Temple Fennell Producer
Beau Flynn Producer
Christopher Gebert Sound/Sound Designer
Catherine George Costumes/Costume Designer
Lyle Hysen Musical Direction/Supervision
Joe Klotz Editor
Nathan Larson Score Composer
Mia Lee Associate Producer
Laurie May Associate Producer
Tim Orr Cinematographer
Mike S. Ryan Executive Producer
Derrick Tseng Executive Producer
Gary Ventimiglia Executive Producer
Mary Vernieu Casting, Executive Producer
Tripp Vinson Producer
Ken Weinstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Stuart J.C. Williams Asst. Director
Lisa Zambri Associate Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Choke
1. Main Title/ Sex All-Stars [4:00]
2. Backbone of Colonial America [5:27]
3. An Amazing Woman [6:44]
4. Like an Overseas Orphan [2:08]
5. Where He Comes From [2:49]
6. I Want Her To Die [3:03]
7. Oh, Victor! [4:04]
8. Her Only Hope [5:11]
9. It's In Italian [1:55]
10. Cherry Daiquiri [1:51]
11. How Much Do You Hate Her? [3:59]
12. The Second Coming [2:29]
13. Not Mutually Exclusive [4:20]
14. Half Clone [3:46]
15. Brutal [5:33]
16. Stalking a Stripper [1:58]
17. Show Me How [5:36]
18. Trip To The Dark Side [4:22]
19. Step Four [3:58]
20. The Act of Loving [2:06]
21. Birth Origins [2:25]
22. Working a Few Things Out [1:13]
23. Saint or Sex Addict? [2:53]
24. End Titles [4:53]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Choke
   Play
   Language Selection
      Audio
         English 5.1 Dolby Surround
         Spanish Dolby Surround
         French Dolby Surround
         Commentary With Director/Writer/Actor Clark Gregg and Actor Sam Rockwell
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
         Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary With Director/Writer/Actor Clark Gregg and Actor Sam Rockwell: On/Off
      Deleted Scenes
         With Optional Commentary by Director/Writer/Actor Clark Gregg and Actor Sam Rockwell: On/Off
         Play All
         Ida Switches Hair Dyes
         "Don't Leave Me, Victor"
         The Interrogation of Young Victor
         The Rockhouse Scene
         Extended Rockhouse Scene
      Gag Reel
      A Conversation with Clark Gregg and Chuck Palahniuk
      Hello, My Name Is Victor - I Am a Sex Addict - The Making of Choke
      A Mother's Love
      From the Los Angeles Film Festival
      FOX Movie Channel Presents Casting Session
      Trailers
         Play All
         Max Payne
         Slumdog Millionaire
         How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
         Nobel Son
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    I really do not know how anyone would not like this movie (unless you get offended easily). Sam Rockwell's performance was superb. This is one of the most creative and original story-lines that I have ever seen/read. Chuck Palahniuk is a genius. It is always entertaining to see what he can create, and Choke lives up to the high standard that people can expect from Palahniuk. This DVD is well worth your time and money. It is one of my all-time favorite films.

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