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Underneath
     

Underneath

Director: Steven Soderbergh, Peter Gallagher, Alison Elliott, William Fichtner

Cast: Steven Soderbergh, Peter Gallagher, Alison Elliott, William Fichtner

 

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A remake of the classic Robert Siodmak film noir Criss Cross, Steven Soderbergh's The Underneath follows much the same plot and narrative arc of the original, but expands the possibilities of its thriller structure to also explore the complexities and insecurities at the heart of modern relationships. Peter Gallagher stars as Michael, a compulsive

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A remake of the classic Robert Siodmak film noir Criss Cross, Steven Soderbergh's The Underneath follows much the same plot and narrative arc of the original, but expands the possibilities of its thriller structure to also explore the complexities and insecurities at the heart of modern relationships. Peter Gallagher stars as Michael, a compulsive gambler who returns to his Texas home for the wedding of his mother (Anjanette Comer). In his absence, his ex-wife Rachel (Alison Elliott) has married Tommy (William Fichtner), a ruthless local hood. Michael and Rachel soon resume their relationship, incurring Tommy's wrath. Out of their deceptions grows a plot to heist an armored car, a crime which requires the unwitting aid of Michael's stepfather (Paul Dooley) as well as a banker (Elisabeth Shue) with whom Michael shared a brief fling.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Awash in deceit, obsession, and opaque color schemes, Steven Soderbergh's loose adaptation of the 1948 noir classic Criss Cross ranks as one of the director's most ambitious projects, if not his most successful. Though the performers are stellar all around -- including a misanthropic Peter Gallagher, the always menacing William Fichtner, and a pre-Leaving Las Vegas Elisabeth Shue -- only the luminous newcomer Alison Elliot manages to generate any sort of audience sympathy. As the plot twists pile up, Soderbergh exhibits an impressive control of suspense, pacing, and tension, but the film remains curiously cold and distant. This is bank robbery as an escape from existential malaise; quite a different attitude from Soderbergh's loose, buoyant, and altogether superior take on crime just three years later, 1998's Out of Sight.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/14/1996
UPC:
0096898228336
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Gallagher Michael Chambers
Alison Elliott Rachel
William Fichtner Tommy Dundee
Adam Trese David Chambers
Joe Don Baker Clay Hinkle
Paul Dooley Ed Dutton
Elisabeth Shue Susan
Joseph Chrest Mr. Rodman
Shelley Duvall Nurse
Anjanette Comer Mrs. Chambers
Harry Goaz Guard (Casey)
Randall Brady Ember Bartender
Richard Linklater Ember Doorman
Helen Cates Susan's Friend
Brad Leland Man Delivering Money
John Martin Justice Of The Peace
Paul Wright TV Delivery Man #2
David Jensen Satellite Dish Installer
Tonie Perensky Ember Waitress

Technical Credits
Steven Soderbergh Director,Screenwriter
Howard Cummings Production Designer
Elliot Davis Cinematographer
Joshua Donen Executive Producer
John Frick Art Director
Daniel Fuchs Screenwriter
John Hardy Producer
Paul Ledford Musical Direction/Supervision
Sam Lowry Screenwriter
Cliff Martinez Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
William Reid Executive Producer
Stan Salfas Editor
Jeanette Scott Set Decoration/Design
Karyn Wagner Costumes/Costume Designer
Lionel Wigram Executive Producer
Lizbeth Williamson Makeup
Ronnie Yeskel Casting

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