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Tough Luck (2003)

A tense and intricate web of deceit and betrayal entangles Archie, a wandering grifter who is hired by a traveling carnival owner to murder his beautiful wife.

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Gary Ellis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Reedus ... Archie
Marco St. John ... Charlie
Rick Negron ... Rafael
David A. Flood David A. Flood ... Bally Talker
George McArthur George McArthur ... Borachov (as George 'The Giant' McArthur)
Fahnohlee Harris Fahnohlee Harris ... Pretty Girl
Marcus Lyle Brown ... Sailor
Dagmara Dominczyk ... Divana
Charles Grant Charles Grant ... Bermuda
Armand Assante ... Ike
Ted Manson ... Saully
F.X. Vitolo ... Vladamir (as Frank Vitolo)
John McConnell John McConnell ... Detective
Jack Radosta Jack Radosta ... Bartender
Patricia Cheron Patricia Cheron ... Floozy
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Storyline

A tense and intricate web of deceit and betrayal entangles Archie, a wandering grifter who is hired by a traveling carnival owner to murder his beautiful wife, Divana, only to be seduced into acting as her accomplice. He tries to fake the murder and collect his payment, but is double-crossed and framed for the crime. On the run, and believing Divana dead, he chances upon her in New Orleans where he discovers the fake murder was just a diversion for her and the carney owner to steal a quarter of a million dollars in laundered casino money. In a seductive play for trust fueled by passion, Divana convinces Archie to take part in a new plot to steal the casino money and start a new life. In a twisted finale he discovers the true meaning of double-cross in a deadly collision of money and revenge. Written by Aaron Rogers

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There's a sucker born every minute.

Genres:

Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and sexual content | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 2004 (United Arab Emirates) See more »

Also Known As:

Cruel Divana See more »

Filming Locations:

Alabama, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Steve Comisar, who played Stan in Tough Luck, appeared in the 1985 X-Rated Film "Sister Dearest" with porn star Traci Lords. See more »

Goofs

Archie opens a case that contains identical bundles of $100 bills, although the money is the takings from casino punters. See more »

Quotes

Stan: The bitch stole my credit cards and all of her shit is gone.
Stan: Son of a bitch!
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You never know how a double-cross will turn out...
3 March 2006 | by mustang68See all my reviews

I like Armand Assante & my cable company's summary sounded interesting, so I watched it, twice already, and probably will again.

The early part is difficult to follow, but later it clears up. I believe the screenwriter did a good job of tying up the loose ends.

Some of the acting is unconvincing, but maybe that's because I was always expecting some kind of double-cross. In that case, the poor acting would be the insincerity of the characters interacting with each other, so it fits very well.

The important theme is the carnival owner (Assante) is laundering money for a local casino & his snake-charmer wife (Dagmara Dominczyk) wants to steal it. She complains to "Archie" (Reedus) how terrible her life is, and how he could help her get out of it.

There are 3 or 4 plot twists (which is probably the reason for all of those loose ends), and just when you think you have solved the mystery, something else will happen.

My 8/10 score is mostly for the plot.

I won't say any more - I don't like spoilers, so I don't want to be one, but I believe this film is worth your time.


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