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One of the few Jim Thompson novels accurately transferred to film, this excellent con-game classic is seedy, grimy, and full of slithery performances. Anjelica Huston, John Cusack, and Annette Bening verbalize the story in what is almost a stage play of family business and trust...or lack thereof... Read More »
This film really IS as good as the book. Seeing these con women in action provides entertainment galore!
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Super job in adapting the novel to screen play:
Simms: Good afternoon, Mr. Dillon.
Roy: Hi, Simms. What can I do for you?
Simms: You have a visitor, Mr. Dillon. A very attractive young lady. She says she's your mother.
"Yes," he said; and then, "What, what? How's that again?" For what the clerk was saying made no sense at all.
"A visitor, Mr. Dillon. A very attractive young lady. She says"--a tactful laugh--"She says she's your mother."
Motel Clerk: Some-in' wrong? Oh, I'm sorry. I thought you were the other lady.
Myra Langtry: No, I'm me.
Bath Room from film:
Simms: Put it this way, now. Say I rent to a woman, well, she has to have a room with a bath. I insist on it, because otherwise she's got the hall bath tied up all the time, washing her goddamn hair and her clothes and everything she can think of...
Simms: If you keep out the women in the first place, see, you keep out the hookers, and then you keep out the cops, and that's how you have a clean place.
"Put it this way, Mr. Dillon," he said, during the course of their initial meeting. "I rent to a woman, and she has to have a room with a bath. I insist on it, see, because otherwise she's got the hall bath tied up all the time, washing her goddamn hair and her clothes and every other damned thing she can think of. So the minimum for a room with a bath is seventeen a week--almost eighty bucks a month, just for a place to sleep and no cooking allowed.
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