Tough Guys Don't Dance

Tough Guys Don't Dance

Director: Norman Mailer Cast: Ryan O'Neal, Isabella Rossellini, Debra Sandlund


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Norman Mailer wrote and directed this demented film noir, which takes place in a Provincetown of perpetual twilight. Most of the tale, based on his best-selling novel, is told in flashback as Dougy Madden (Lawrence Tierney) pays a visit to his son Tim (Ryan O'Neal). Dougy, a tough ex-bartender, is ravaged by cancer and decides to see Tim one last time in order. But Tim is suffering both from writer's block and from the effects of too many years of drink, drugs, and sex. His sexy wife Patty Lariene (Debra Sandlund) has recently left him and disappeared. Even worse, one morning he awakens from his stupor to find the front seat of his car covered with blood and a severed head inside his drug stash. He tries to rekindle a relationship with his ex-wife Madeleine (Isabella Rossellini), now married to the psychotic Provincetown police chief, Alvin Luther Regency (Wings Hauser), and he re-acquaints himself with old prep school friend Wardley Meeks III (John Bedford Lloyd), who was also married to the missing Patty Lareine. As the murders pile up and Tim's psyche takes a beating, Dougy decides to help Tim put an end to this chaotic mess of murders.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/16/2003
UPC: 0883904128366
Original Release: 1987
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ryan O'Neal Tim Madden
Isabella Rossellini Madeline
Debra Sandlund Patty Lorraine
Wings Hauser Regency
John Bedford Lloyd Wardley Meeks III
Frances Fisher Jessica Pond
Clarence Williams Bolo
Lawrence Tierney Dougy Madden
Penn Jillette The Big Stoop
R. Patrick Sullivan Lonny Pangborn
Stephen Morrow Stoodie
John Snyder Spider

Technical Credits
Norman Mailer Director,Screenwriter
Angelo Badalamenti Score Composer
John Bailey Cinematographer
Francis Ford Coppola Executive Producer
Armin Ganz Production Designer
Yoram Globus Producer
Menahem Golan Producer
Michael Kaplan Costumes/Costume Designer
Drew Kunin Sound/Sound Designer
Tom Luddy Executive Producer
Robert MacDonald Casting
Debra McDermott Editor
Gretchen Rau Set Decoration/Design
Bonnie Timmerman Casting
Bonnie Timmermann Casting

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