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Johnny Skidmarks (1998)

Crime scene photographer, Johnny Scardino (aka Johnny Skidmarks), is working on the side for a group of blackmailers, photographing wealthy guys in seedy motels with prostitutes. One such ... See full summary »

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John Raffo
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Gallagher ... Johnny Scardino
Frances McDormand ... Alice
John Lithgow ... Sergeant Larry Skovik
John Kapelos ... Walter Lippinscott
Jack Black ... Jerry
Geoffrey Lower ... Woody Warshawski
Charlie Spradling ... Lorraine
Michael D. Weatherred Michael D. Weatherred ... Ernie Deemo (as Michael Weatherred)
Lee Arenberg ... Louie
David Doty David Doty ... Brooks Brothers
Michael Beach ... Mike
Bill Lee Brown ... Coroner
William Preston Robertson William Preston Robertson ... Earl (as Bill Robertson)
Rick Hoffman ... Bartender
Pat Crawford Brown ... Mrs. Starkey
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Storyline

Crime scene photographer, Johnny Scardino (aka Johnny Skidmarks), is working on the side for a group of blackmailers, photographing wealthy guys in seedy motels with prostitutes. One such assignment turns the wrong way and the blackmailers he works for start dying one by one in more and more brutal ways. Is Johnny the next on the list? Written by Anonymous

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A crash course in crime.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for grisly violence, strong language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1998 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Johnny Skidmarks See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color
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Trivia

John Raffo met co-writer William Preston Robertson through Ethan Coen and Joel Coen. See more »

Quotes

Jerry: Johnny... Sorry about the table, man. She came in when I wasn't looking, you know. Otherwise I would have saved it for you. You know, you're a regular, we're friends arghh...
John Scardino: It's OK, Jerry. They'e pretty much all alike anyway.
Jerry: Yeah. Two titsand an ass. Right?
John Scardino: I meant the tables!
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Soundtracks

Aloha Hawaii
Written by Alain Leroux
Courtesy of Promusic Inc.
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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low-key but compelling
21 June 2004 | by litgeekgrrlSee all my reviews

I found Skidmarks absolutely compelling. Peter Gallagher plays a crime-scene photographer with a sideline of blackmailing men who take his prostitute friend to motels. Gallagher, whom I've not much liked in other movies, does a terrific job as the numb, depressed antihero, unaffected by the crime scenes and accident scenes he photographs until his fellow blackmailers start turning up as victims. The movie is full of deadpanned quips and black humor (e.g., the exchange between McDormand and Gallagher when she's trying to pick him up in a hamburger joint. McDormand, cool and tough: "Do you have a name?" Gallagher: "Yeah. Do you?") The film is not flashy enough ever to have made it big, but the plot and characters are utterly original and the acting is uniformly excellent.


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