Sink or Swim

Overview

In this satirical "inside" look at the world of TV scripters, agent Danny (Tom Arnold) gives a 22-episode assignment to depressed, self-destructive writer-producer Brian (Stephen Rea), creatively spent and bereft of ideas. At his weekly poker game, Brian sees a romantic couple on a hotel balcony. When he tells the other writers about this, it triggers an impromptu story session. All four retreat across the street to the bar where Brian sees Georgia Feckler (Illeana Douglas) and decides she was the woman on the ...
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Overview

In this satirical "inside" look at the world of TV scripters, agent Danny (Tom Arnold) gives a 22-episode assignment to depressed, self-destructive writer-producer Brian (Stephen Rea), creatively spent and bereft of ideas. At his weekly poker game, Brian sees a romantic couple on a hotel balcony. When he tells the other writers about this, it triggers an impromptu story session. All four retreat across the street to the bar where Brian sees Georgia Feckler (Illeana Douglas) and decides she was the woman on the balcony. Desperate for ideas, he offers to buy the story of her life. After Brian vanishes with Georgia, his fellow scripters become concerned as to his whereabouts and decide to break into his living quarters. Shown at the AFI/Los Angeles Film Festival.
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Special Features

Interactive menus; Scene access; Trailer; Spanish subtitles; Production notes
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/15/1998
  • UPC: 658149711525
  • Original Release: 1997
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 65,973

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stephen Rea Brian
Illeana Douglas Georgia Feckler
John Ritter Hank
Dave Foley Neal
Richard Kind Benny
Dusty Kay Ira Gold
Tom-Danny Arnold
Robert Patrick Goatee
Ryan O'Neal Dr. Applefield
Ricky Jay The Hat
Jason Priestley The Dude
Olivia D'Abo Lynn
Matt Clark Claude
Technical Credits
Gary Rosen Director, Screenwriter
Steve Battaglia Asst. Director
Ralf Bode Cinematographer
Jason Clark Producer
David O. Daniel Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Fitzgerald Editor
Anthony Marinelli Score Composer
Rick Montgomery Casting
Dan Parada Casting
Matt Salinger Executive Producer
Michael Sayles Executive Producer
Paige Simpson Producer
Bob Willis Executive Producer
Ben Woolverton Production Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. Opening Credits [3:01]
2. The New Deal [3:06]
3. The Poker Game [2:56]
4. Looking For Inspiration [5:23]
5. Looking At The Facts [4:10]
6. Drinks At The Hotel [5:46]
7. Seeking Privacy [7:55]
8. Confrontation [3:24]
9. The Plot Thickens [5:45]
10. Waiting For Bail [5:31]
11. The True Story [5:09]
12. Collaboration [8:08]
13. Writing Begins [8:02]
14. The Boyfriend's Back [5:30]
15. The Rewrite [6:21]
16. Breaking And Entering [4:23]
17. The Plot Revealed [5:28]
18. End Credits [3:03]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Cast And Crew
      Tom Arnold
         Film Highlights
      Illeana Douglas
         Film Highlights
      David Foley
         Film Highlights
      Richard Kind
         Film Highlights
      Robert Patrick
         Film Highlights
      Stephen Rea
         Film Highlights
      John Ritter
         Film Highlights
   Subtitles
   Play Trailer
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