The plot deals with an aspiring writer that wakes up from a drunken binge with blood in his car and a severed head in his basement. The problem with Norman Mailer scripts is that Mailer usually directs them. The story is a convoluted one set in Provincetown, Massachusetts, involving drug dealing, decapitation, divorce, dishonor, deception, and very little dancing. O'Neal alternately struggles or succeeds from scene to scene. Tim Madden je bývalý trestanec, momentálne spisovateľ, ktorý sa s obľubou pozerá na dno fľaše. Aj teraz má za sebou poriadne ťažký záťah, po dvoch týždňoch alkoholických radovánok sa zobudí v aute a na sedadle vedľa seba nájde krv.
Mailer clearly enjoys himself, and some of that comes across, but the quality of the performances within it veer wildly, from Ryan O'Neal's jittery Tim Madden to legendary Lawrence Tierney's powerful turn as Dougy Madden. Čo je oveľa horšie, v tajnej skrýši na marihuanu nájde odrezanú ženskú hlavu. The movie lurches about because Mailer never quite finds the darkly seriocomic tone required by the script, which he wrote from his own novel. Because Mailer wrote it, the movie has some great dialogue and some fascinating bits, but ultimately, Tough Guys Don't Dance is an overcooked soufflé that explodes in the oven. A nový policajný šéf Provincetownu sa ho snaží presvedčiť, že páchateľom je on.
Isabella Rossellini has the beauty and regality but not much of the inner fire of her character's Italian princess. . Tough Guys Don't Dance has its pleasures, but it's about as indulgent and uneven as a part-time or amateur director can make it. He has to scramble to learn if he, or somebody else, was the one that committed the murder. With his size and power, over-actor Wings Hauser is well cast as a loony police chief, Alvin Luther Regency, and Tierney has a showpiece role and some of the best lines as O'Neal's father. Based on the best-selling Norman Mailer novel of 1984, this curious murder mystery marks the author's fourth venture into filmmaking, after three improvised, experimental features in the late 1960s. Famed writer Norman Mailer wrote and directed the film based on his crime novel.
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