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Rage, jealousy, murder, and Eastern European automotive engineering combine in this offbeat black comedy. Verplanck, NY, is a small town north of Manhattan that has the dubious distinction of being the Yugo capital of America; the ill-fated import compact was first test-marketed in Verplanck, and nearly everyone in town drives one. So no one finds it unusual when a yellow Yugo is seen floating in the river, though seeing someone trapped inside is out of the ordinary. Verplanck's chief of police, Wyatt Rash Danny ...
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Rage, jealousy, murder, and Eastern European automotive engineering combine in this offbeat black comedy. Verplanck, NY, is a small town north of Manhattan that has the dubious distinction of being the Yugo capital of America; the ill-fated import compact was first test-marketed in Verplanck, and nearly everyone in town drives one. So no one finds it unusual when a yellow Yugo is seen floating in the river, though seeing someone trapped inside is out of the ordinary. Verplanck's chief of police, Wyatt Rash Danny De Vito, discovers that the deceased driver was a prominent local citizen, Mona Dearly Bette Midler, and the evidence suggests that Mona's death was no accident. But the investigation into Mona's murder is hampered by one rather significant detail: nearly everyone in town hated Mona and wanted her dead. She alienated her son Jeff Marcus Thomas and his business partner Bobby Casey Affleck. Bobby's girlfriend Ellen Neve Campbell who is also Rash's daughter is convinced that Mona would have tried to drive a wedge into their relationship. Mona's husband Phil William Fichtner couldn't stand her and fell into an affair with Rona Jamie Lee Curtis, the waitress at the local diner. And even Rash's sidekick, Deputy Feege Peter Dobson, spent too much time on the wrong end of Mona's temper to care that she's dead. Before long, the question is no longer who is a suspect, but who isn't? Drowning Mona was directed by Nick Gomez, who earned positive notices for his independent films New Jersey Drive and Illtown.
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Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Everyone drives Yugos with personalized license plates in this black-comic hicksville whodunit set in the small town of Verplanck, New York where "years ago," according to an opening caption, "the Yugo Car Company chose to test market its new breed of vehicle." Directed by Nick Gomez Laws of Gravity, the movie begins with the death of the eponymous Mona Bette Midler, described by one Verplancker as "the worst person I ever knew in my entire life." Police Chief Wyatt Rash Danny DeVito then slogs his way through a murder investigation in which the suspects -- pretty much everybody Mona knew, including her husband and son -- seem more inclined to celebrate than to grieve. A sharp supporting cast including Jamie Lee Curtis and Neve Campbell breath dimwitted life into the eccentric townsfolk, but Midler is the main attraction. She appears in numerous flashbacks, all told from various points of view and often contradicting one another, save for their uniform portrayal of Mona's extraordinarily nasty disposition.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/9/2001
  • UPC: 043396050556
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Danny DeVito Chief Wyatt Rash
Bette Midler Mona Dearly
Neve Campbell Ellen Rash
Jamie Lee Curtis Rona Mace
Casey Affleck Bobby Calzone
Will Ferrell Cubby
William Fichtner Phil Dearly
Marcus Thomas Jeff Dearly
Peter Dobson Deputy Feege
Kathleen Wilhoite Lucinda
Tracey Walter Clarence
Paul Ben-Victor Tony Carlucci
Paul Schulze Jimmy D
Mark Pellegrino Murph
Raymond O'Connor Father Tom
Lisa Rieffel Valerie
Nick Gomez
Fred Scialla
Technical Credits
Nick Gomez Director
Karen Agresti Set Decoration/Design
Gwen Bethel Musical Direction/Supervision
Al Corley Producer
Danny DeVito Executive Producer
Terry Dresbach Costumes/Costume Designer
Bruce Douglas Johnson Cinematographer
Betty Krul Set Decoration/Design
Jeff Kushner Sound Editor, Sound/Sound Designer
Monika Mikkelsen Casting
Eugene Musso Producer
Richard Pearson Editor
Bart Rosenblatt Producer
Michael Shamberg Executive Producer
Stacey Sher Executive Producer
Peter Steinfeld Screenwriter
Michael Tavera Score Composer
Richard Toyon Production Designer
Mark Weingarten Sound/Sound Designer
Jonathan Weisgal Executive Producer
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