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Twenty Bucks
     

Twenty Bucks

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Director: Keva Rosenfeld

Cast: Linda Hunt, David Rasche, George Morfogen

 
This fascinating chronicle of the life and times of a twenty dollar bill was originally written by Endre Boehm in 1935 and languished forgotten on the shelf until his son Leslie resurrected it and had it made into an off-beat film. The scrap of currency's journey begins after it is spit out of a downtown Minneapolis ATM machine into the hands of a busy young mother.

Overview

This fascinating chronicle of the life and times of a twenty dollar bill was originally written by Endre Boehm in 1935 and languished forgotten on the shelf until his son Leslie resurrected it and had it made into an off-beat film. The scrap of currency's journey begins after it is spit out of a downtown Minneapolis ATM machine into the hands of a busy young mother. It's a windy day, and the crisp bill is blown out of her hands into those of a bag lady who uses it on the lottery because she believes the serial numbers are lucky. Unfortunately, the bill is plucked from her hands by a light-fingered skate boarder who uses the money at a local bakery. From there the bill's odyssey takes it to a wide variety of places including a wedding, a stripper's g-string, a con artist's scam, and a robbery. It ends up used as a note pad, a birthday present, a coaster, and a fishing contest trophy. Interestingly, every one who encounters the bill changes in some way.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Matthew Tobey
Without seeing it, it would be easy to make the assumption that Twenty Bucks is a clever concept that goes nowhere. After all, its theatrical run was virtually nonexistent, director Keva Rosenfeld seemed to disappear into thin air, and after several years, even with its quirky cast, it hasn't even landed itself a cult-following. And that's all a shame, because Twenty Bucks is a wonderfully inventive and smart film. With a script that's both engaging and funny and the aforementioned cast of talented character players, including Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Spalding Gray, Christopher Lloyd, Melora Walters, and Matt Frewer, the film should've been a jumping-off point for its director, who showed as much potential as Paul Thomas Anderson did with Hard Eight. At the very least, the film should've garnered itself a loyal following of fans who hold it to be what it is, an anthology of compelling and bright stories, executed by a capable young director and an outstanding cast.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/05/2005
UPC:
0043396049758
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
55,943

Special Features

Closed Caption; Director & cast commentary; Filmmakers' commentary; Writing, casting & preproduction featurette; Filming & editing featurette

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Linda Hunt Angeline
David Rasche Baker
George Morfogen Jack Holiday
Concetta Tomei Sam's Mother
Sam Jenkins Anna Holiday
Christopher Lloyd Jimmy
Brendan Fraser Sam Mastrewski
Elisabeth Shue Emily Adams
Gladys Knight Mrs. McCormac
Melora Walters The Stripper/Funeral Director
William H. Macy Property Clerk
Diane Baker Ruth Adams
Matt Frewer Receding Bingo Winner
Spalding Gray Priest
Nina Siemaszko Bank Teller
Sharon Bialy Actor
Debi Manwiller Actor
Richard Pagano Actor
Steve Buscemi Frank
David Schwimmer Neil Campbell
Alan North Bruce Adams
Kevin Kilner Gary Adams
Bubba Baker Buddha
Ned Bellamy Bowling Alley Entrpreneur
Edward Blatchford Ex-Hippie
David Fresco Uncle Stash
Vanessa Marquez Melanie
Peggy Miley Aunt Zoha
Rosemary Murphy Aunt Dotty
Jeremy Piven Nervous Quick-Mart Clerk
Valente Rodriguez Liquor Store Clerk
Adam Ryen Patrick's Friend

Technical Credits
Keva Rosenfeld Director
Linda Allen Set Decoration/Design
Sharon Bialy Casting
Endre Bohem Screenwriter
Leslie Bohem Screenwriter
Jason Clark Producer
Susie de Santo Costumes/Costume Designer
Joseph T. Garrity Production Designer
Emmanuel Lubezki Cinematographer
Debi Manwiller Casting
Karen Murphy Producer
Richard Pagano Casting
David Robbins Score Composer
Michael Ruscio Editor
Rando Schmook Art Director
Timothy R. Sexton Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [6:37]
2. Wedding Present [5:44]
3. Bachelor Party [10:01]
4. Emily the Waitress [6:45]
5. Life Lessons [8:51]
6. Not a Professional [10:23]
7. Evidence Room [1:08]
8. No Place Like Home [5:06]
9. On the Skids [6:40]
10. Fatal Game of Bingo [7:07]
11. Truth About Dad [5:49]
12. The End? [9:01]

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