Frame Up

Overview

Made on short ends of film left over from The Bed You Sleep In, Frameup is a freewheeling road comedy about a pair of dimwitted lovers on the run. Ricky-Lee (Howard Swain), a two-bit criminal prone to spouting lengthy, obscenity-laced soliloquies, meets Beth-Ann (Nancy Carlin), an airheaded waitress with a weakness for romance novels, at the diner where she slings coffee. Immediately smitten, she joins him on a meandering journey across the Pacific Northwest -- punctuated by the occasional robbery -- and on into ...
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Overview

Made on short ends of film left over from The Bed You Sleep In, Frameup is a freewheeling road comedy about a pair of dimwitted lovers on the run. Ricky-Lee (Howard Swain), a two-bit criminal prone to spouting lengthy, obscenity-laced soliloquies, meets Beth-Ann (Nancy Carlin), an airheaded waitress with a weakness for romance novels, at the diner where she slings coffee. Immediately smitten, she joins him on a meandering journey across the Pacific Northwest -- punctuated by the occasional robbery -- and on into California, where the couple dream of heading to the sunny beaches of Los Angeles. Ricky-Lee's ineptitude catches up with him eventually, however, and their trip is cut short when a convenience store robbery goes awry. ~ Tom Vick
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Jon Jost pulled out all the stops for the last film he made before relocating to Europe in the mid-'90s. Narrated in alternating monologues by the two leads and done up in garish, clashing colors, Frameup employs a whole arsenal of low-budget tricks, from stop-motion animation to optical printing effects to documentary sequences, to whip up a raunchy skewering of the Bonnie and Clyde couple-on-the-run movie genre. In contrast to the more serious, politically committed films that made Jost's reputation, Frameup offers virtually nothing in terms of social commentary, and as a result many of his admirers dismissed it as a tasteless, self-indulgent lark. But as a tasteless, self-indulgent lark it succeeds wildly. Jost's enjoyably crude, scabrous sense of humor, which seemed to disappear after his 1977 debut feature Last Chants for a Slow Dance, bursts through every scene of Frameup. The jokes range from the subtle (Beth-Ann at one point recounts her high school counselor advising her that "it wouldn't be a good idea to kill myself...just yet") to the pornographic (one visual pun literally revolves around a tattoo on Ricky-Lee's penis). Almost all of them hit the mark, much to the credit of stars Nancy Carlin and Howard Swain, whose good sportsmanship and deadpan, partially improvised performances mesh perfectly with Jost's comedic sensibility. Ironically, one year later Oliver Stone released Natural Born Killers, inspiring a whole new batch of exactly the kind of Bonnie and Clyde knockoffs that Frameup spoofed so well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/14/2000
  • UPC: 723339110232
  • Original Release: 1993
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  • Source: World Artists
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Howard Swain Ricky
Technical Credits
Jon Jost Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Screenwriter
Jon A. English Score Composer
Henry Rosenthal Producer
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