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The Dark Backward (1991)

R | | Comedy | 9 March 1991 (USA)
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A man pursues stand-up comedy encouraged by his fellow garbage man. Though his friend, who accompanies him on accordion, continues to tell him how great he is, he actually stinks. When the ... See full summary »

Director:

Adam Rifkin

Writer:

Adam Rifkin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judd Nelson ... Marty Malt
Bill Paxton ... Gus
Wayne Newton ... Jackie Chrome
Lara Flynn Boyle ... Rosarita
James Caan ... Doctor Scurvy
Rob Lowe ... Dirk Delta
King Moody King Moody ... Twinkee Doodle
Claudia Christian ... Kitty
Danny Dayton ... Syd
Carrie Lynn Carrie Lynn ... Nicolette
Anna Berger Anna Berger ... Mrs. Malt
Lydell M. Cheshier Lydell M. Cheshier ... Dexter
Tom Hodges ... Marjorie Zipp
Theodocia Goodrich Theodocia Goodrich ... Mrs. Bielfuss
Laurianne Jameson Laurianne Jameson ... Shirley
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A man pursues stand-up comedy encouraged by his fellow garbage man. Though his friend, who accompanies him on accordion, continues to tell him how great he is, he actually stinks. When the "comedian" grows a third arm out of his back, the friend uses this twist to get him signed up with a sleazy talent agent, and it begins to look like his career is on the move, even though his girlfriend has left him. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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It's the world inside out.

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Comedy

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Rated R for brief scenes of bizarre, comic sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ciemna strona See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Backward Films See more »
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Dolby
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Director Adam Rifkin wrote the screenplay when he was nineteen-years-old. See more »

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Rosarita: It's all over between the two of us. I can't love a man with three hands.
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Referenced in Chillerama (2011) See more »

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perhaps the dirtiest film ever?
29 March 1999 | by fisheadSee all my reviews

I don't know whether I've ever encountered another film with quite as much on screen filth as this one... not filth in the pornographic sense, but in the sense that there is a layer of dirt covering just about everything all through the film. I remember looking at the case and seeing the claim that it compared to Brazil, Pink Flamingos and Eraserhead. At the time I thought it would be worth the money just to be able to tear it to shreds after watching it... but it turned out to be a very endearing film that paints a sinister picture of opportunism. Of course, The Dark Backward isn't going to appeal to just anyone, but anyone who finds humour in scenes of perversion and obvious discomfort will recognise this one as a gem.


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