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Judas kiss

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Movie propaganda

Hip criminals, crooked politicians and hard-boiled cops entangled in a web of deceit.

Coco Chavez (Carla Gugino) and her lover, Junior Armstrong (Simon Baker), who has made a living by running sex scams at hotels, decide to enter the big time by kidnapping computer company owner Ben Dyson (Greg Wise) and demanding $4 million ransom. The two hire tech-wizard Lizard Browning (Gil Bellows) and Ruben Rubenbauer (Til Schweiger), a muscle man who amuses himself by playing Russian roulette. Things go awry during the kidnapping when a neighbour is killed, who turns out to be the wife of powerful Senator Rupert Hornbeck (Hal Holbrook). As things develop, it turns out that the murder may not have been as accidental as it originally appeared. Slowly things unveil to not to be everything that was originally thought.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film New Orleans police crime crooked kidnap murder

Persons of interest

  • Carla Gugino .... Coco Chavez
  • Simon Baker .... Junior Armstrong
  • Emma Thompson .... FBI Agent Sadie Hawkins
  • Alan Rickman .... Detective David Friedman
  • Gil Bellows .... Lizard Browning
  • Til Schweiger .... Ruben Rubenbauer
  • Hal Holbrook .... Senator Rupert Hornbeck
  • Philip Baker Hall .... Pobby Malavero
  • Joey Slotnick .... Walters
  • Greg Wise .... Ben Dyson
  • Lisa Eichhorn .... Mary-Ellen Floyd
  • Roscoe Lee Browne .... Chief Bleeker
  • Tom Hodges .... Jake
  • Bobby Hosea .... Rickles
  • Jack Conley .... Detective Matty Grimes
  • William Lucking .... Wally
  • Googy Gress .... Sal
  • Beverly Penberthy .... Patty Hornbeck
  • Deanna Fuller .... Screenwriter
  • Sebastian Gutierrez .... Storywriter
  • Sebastian Gutierrez .... Screenwriter
  • Sebastian Gutierrez .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Reservoir mongrels.

Another words, it's another drama/comedy about a bunch of low-life (faux) New Orleans crims battling entropy. On that level, it's hot, sweaty and sleazy as Coco and Junior get horizontal (and vertical and diagonal) while pulling off a no-canlose kidnapping. That part of it's pretty good: twisty, turny, in-bred and insane.

But Judas kiss is also a detective flick about a local policeman and an FBI agent bonding over a kidnapping pulled off by a bunch of low-life....

But it's also a piss-take of the whole genre, itself included, with the cops bonding because of their mutual loathing and conversations held entirely in cliché.

Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson are a kak as they mosey through the case, fake accents and all. Til Schweiger provides a real accent and the most hilarious and over the top baddie since Brad Pitt hit Kalifornia, except that Til is a lot better looking. Simon Baker and Carla Gugino are the white-bread crims that manages to lead every minor gang, probably because of their wholesome family goodness. Hmmm... enough said.

The trouble with Judas kiss is that it's neither left enough to be truly indie nor central enough to be truly mainstream. Its commercial success is thereby limited because no-one knows what to make of it. Except for me, of course. I know what to make of everything.

Judas kiss is the kind of film you'll enjoy if you see it, preferably with an intimate friend. If your mates ask you whether to stay home and see it you'll say 'Yeah, sure", but you won't recommend it over Mission: Impossible 2 or Gladiator. You also won't be missing any mighty revelations or cultural icons. Still, it's good value for money whichever way you go.

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Medium level violence, medium level sex scene)

Surveillance time

94 minutes (1:34 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental: 14 March 2000

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