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Everybody Wins (1990)

A seeming good Samaritan (Debra Winger) hires a private detective (Nolte) to prove a teen sitting in prison on a murder charge is innocent. His investigation discovers deep corruption in a ... See full summary »

Director:

Karel Reisz

Writers:

Arthur Miller (play), Arthur Miller (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Debra Winger ... Angela Crispini
Nick Nolte ... Tom O'Toole
Will Patton ... Jerry
Judith Ivey ... Connie
Kathleen Wilhoite ... Amy
Jack Warden ... Judge Harry Murdoch
Frank Converse ... Charley Haggerty
Frank Military ... Felix
Steven Skybell ... Father Mancini
Mary Louise Wilson ... Jean
Mert Hatfield Mert Hatfield ... Bellanca
Peter Appel ... Sonny
Sean Weil ... Montana
Timothy D. Wright Timothy D. Wright ... Defense Attorney
Elizabeth Ann Klein Elizabeth Ann Klein ... Judge
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Storyline

A seeming good Samaritan (Debra Winger) hires a private detective (Nolte) to prove a teen sitting in prison on a murder charge is innocent. His investigation discovers deep corruption in a Connecticut town and finds the woman isn't everything she pretends to be. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Everyone knows. Everyone's guilty. No one pays. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cada cual a su juego See more »

Filming Locations:

Norwich, Connecticut, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$581,979, 21 January 1990

Gross USA:

$1,372,350

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,372,350
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film directed by Karel Reisz. See more »

Goofs

At about three minutes 30 seconds, the lady picked up the remote control from the top of the TV and turned the TV on. Then she switched it to a news channel, but when the TV screen appeared on the screen to show the news, we can see a remote control is still on top of the TV. See more »

Quotes

Angela Crispini: Some trash is interesting, but I think that's uncalled for. I mean, it's her own daughter. My father raped me, but I'm not writing books about him.
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One of the best American films of its decade.
14 June 2019 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

Sometimes movies work for a whole variety of reasons. It might simply be because there is a great director at the helm but then even great directors make bummers now and then. Sometimes the story is just so damned good it hardly matters who the director is and sometimes a movie works because one or more of the cast carries it. "Everybody Wins" works because it's got a fine director working at the top of his form, (Karl Reisz), a terrific original screenplay by the playwright Arthur Miller and probably career-best performances from leads Nick Nolte and Debra Winger.

Nolte is the celebrity investigator hired by a flaky 'do-gooder' to prove the innocence of a teenage boy she knows on a charge of murder. From the outset, you know this isn't going to be a conventional 'thriller'. You know instantly that Winger's character of the supposed 'do-gooder' is, shall we say, a little on the strange side; that her come-on to Nolte is so quick she may even be a nymphomaniac and that Nolte's investigation is going off in directions that conventional thrillers don't. You also know that Arthur Miller doesn't do 'conventional'.

Of course, the talent on the screen didn't translate into a commercial success. Even the critics, with the exception of Pauline Kael, who loved the film, were stand-offish. Here was a crime movie that no-one could understand or know what to make of but in its off-the-wall way it was trail-blazingly original and I still think it's one of the truly great American films of its decade. If you don't know it, seek it out and give yourself over to its sublime strangeness.


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