Finding himself in considerable debt, Chris, a Texan drug dealer, decides the only solution is to murder his mother to collect the insurance money. Getting together with his father, the ex-husband of Chris' mother, they decide to hire Joe Cooper (a contract killer) who also happens to be a police detective. The plan is that the money will go to Chris' sister Dottie. However due to the size of the contract fee, Chris agrees that Joe can take Dottie as a retainer until the insurance comes through.
Director William Friedkin was shocked when he found out that the film was given the NC-17 rating and refused to alter the film for fear that any cut or edit would take away from the filthiness of the film. It was released theatrically with the NC-17 rating only to have an edited R rated version released for certain retailers to carry when it was released on DVD and Blu-Ray. See more »
During the train track scene with Chris and Dottie, his facial scars are missing. See more »
Just off watching this last night at TIFF 2011, I am still reeling from what I actually witnessed on the screen.
First of all, where has Gina Gershon been?? Her character was so believable in this, I almost forgot she was in Showgirls :)
I could say the same thing about nearly every other character as well. They all have such subtle personalities, it seems as though they are playing themselves.
As for the plot, it is somewhat standard fare, as the trailer could easily giveaway, however it's how it progresses and pans out, is the most interesting aspect of the film.
There are a few scenes which some will find very hard to watch (in fact, during one now-notorious scene, dozens of people left the screening I was at), but if you stick with them, you will be in for a... treat? I'm not so sure, but you will have never seen anything like it, nor will you.
For the cast's performances alone, I highly recommend this film, but if you are feint of heart, or become queasy at the site of blood, maybe skip it.
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