SpunDirector: Jonas Åkerlund, Jason Schwartzman, John Leguizamo, Mena Suvari
A crystal-meth addict struggles to get his next fix as he obsesses over a recent breakup in Spun, a black-comic drug drama from music video director Jonas Akerlund. Rushmore's Jason Schwartzman stars as Ross, a young man who finds his maniacal world crumbling around him over the course of one long weekend. Spun chronicles Ross' travails as he tries to score from his regular dealer, Spider Mike (John Leguizamo), who realizes during Ross' visit that he's misplaced his stash. Indisposed by the frantic drug search, Spider Mike's girlfriend, Cookie (Mena Suvari), enlists Ross to pick up her stripper friend Nikki (Brittany Murphy) from work, and when he grudgingly agrees, he learns that Nikki might have an inside line on some of her own speed, courtesy of The Cook (Mickey Rourke). Meanwhile, two bumbling cops are onto Spider Mike's trail, and in his paranoid-delusional state, he sets out to find out who set him up. Spun premiered at the 2002 CineVegas Film Festival before securing berths at the Sundance, Toronto, and South by Southwest festivals.
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- Sony Pictures
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- Sony PSP
Cast & Crew
|John Leguizamo||Spider Mike|
|Mickey Rourke||The Cook|
|Peter Stormare||Cop #1|
|Alexis Arquette||Cop #2|
|Deborah Harry||The Lesbian Neighbor|
|Eric Roberts||The Man|
|Julia Mendoza||L. A. Sad Girl|
|Josh Peck||Fat Boy|
|Larry Drake||Dr. K|
|Rob Halford||Porn Shop Clerk|
|Mark Boone||Executive Producer|
|David Chamaw||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Billy Corgan||Score Composer|
|Alain de la Mata||Co-producer|
|Nicola Doring||Executive Producer|
|Chris Fisher||Associate Producer|
|Albee Gordon||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Jason Hamilton||Art Director|
|Richard Lassalle||Production Designer|
|Clark McCutchen||Associate Producer|
|Kiki Miyake||Executive Producer|
|Mark Mower||Executive Producer|
|John O'Rourke||Asst. Director|
|Timothy Wayne Peternel||Producer|
|Will De Los Santos||Co-producer,Screenwriter|
|Bradford L. Schlei||Executive Producer|
|Ash R. Shah||Executive Producer|
|Eric Thorsell||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Lisa Tong||Set Decoration/Design|
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Wow, I just viewed “Spun” the other night and I thought this movie was outrageous. This is sort of a guilt-pleasure movie but you want to take shower afterwards. “Spun” has an impressive cast of recognized actors. The film is, essentially, about a few days in the lives of a group of drug addicts. There is The Cook (Mickey Rourke, he truly makes this story worth watching), who makes the drug (speed) and sells it to Spider Mike (John Leguizamo), a dealer with a junkie girlfriend, Cookie (Mena Suvari, looking infinitely less attractive than she did in “American Beauty”). One of his clients is Ross (Jason Schwartzman), who does a lot of favours for The Cook and his girlfriend, Nikki (Brittany Murphy). I was surprised at how funny the film was at times. It doesn't drown us in anti-drug messages, nor does it become one of those, equally tedious, drug films where you feel like the sober driver at a drunken party. The humour is dark, certainly, but funny nevertheless. A lot of it comes from a subplot about Frisbee, Patrick Fugit, who is caught by a couple of TV policemen (Peter Stormare and Alexis Arquette) and is told he will be let off if he helps them get Spider-Mike. I will only say of the resulting sequence that he does it with all the subtlety of an undercover policeman with his badge stuck to his forehead. This is a film with a lot of energy, that seems, like its characters, not entirely sure where it is going, but determined to get there, and quickly. Although I am sure it is boring to be surrounded by people on speed when you are sober, this film almost makes you feel like you are on speed too. The director, Jonas Åkerlund, has directed music videos in the past, and it shows in his impatient filming style, as he plays around with animation, speeded-up camerawork and such like. I'm not recommending the film for its style though, although I am sure it is the best way this material could get to the screen. I am recommending it because I liked the main characters, which I think will stick in my head for much longer than the animated sex scenes or the split screens. I can imagine an entire film about The Cook and Nikki, or Spider Mike and Cookie, or even just Ross, who absentmindedly keeps leaving a girl handcuffed to his bed for hours/days. What makes “Spun” better than those hypothetical films is that it puts the characters into their own little community, and we feel as if we are watching their everyday, speeded up, sleepless lives. Simply amazing.
i love this movie, it is so dramatic and emotional. very graphic and very well done, jonas akerlund is incredibly talented and the music is great, most of it if not all of it is done by billy corgan
I thought this movie showed an accurate portail of methanphetamine users, in their pursuit for the only thing that matters to them, more speed. The story was a little more adventurous than real life. Most speed addict I have ever seen don't seem to do much more than carpet farm and play Yahoo Pool. The movie was however very entertaining and the hardcore drug use/full frontal nudity didn't hurt anything. I also liked the dogs name (Taco).
MICKEY ROURKE, WHO IS ONE OF THE MOST UNDERRATED ACTORS OF ALL-TIME, IS MAKING A HUGE COMEBACK INTO THE MAINSTREAM. AND IT SURE HELPS HIM THAT HE DOES A FANTASTIC JOB IN A FANTASTIC MOVIE. I HOPE THE CRITICS, PRODUCERS, ACTORS AND FANS WOULD WANT TO WORK WITH HIM AND GIVE HIM LEADING PARTS AND OTHER GREAT ROLES. HE' MY FAVORITE ACTOR AND A MIAMI GUY LIKE ME!
I liked the way this movie was shot, it made the watcher slightly uncomfortable to watch, the potrayal of methanphetamine users was a little far fetched, I have experienced many different people from this lifestyle, and none of which are as on edge as the people in this flick, close, but not quite.
This is a great story! It is true, it shows the effects of Crank and a life in drugs.
The one and only good thing about this movie was the music. I have been looking EVERYWHERE!! and have come up empty handed. Could you please help me find a copy? Desperate.