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A young New Yorker goes to Arizona where he finds freedom to both love and dream.

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An Innuit hunter races his sled home with a fresh-caught halibut. This fish pervades the entire film, in real and imaginary form. Meanwhile, Axel tags fish in New York as a naturalist's gofer. He's happy there, but a messenger arrives to bring him to Arizona for his uncle's wedding. It's a ruse to get Axel into the family business. In Arizona, Axel meets two odd women: vivacious, needy, and plagued by neuroses and familial discord. He gets romantically involved with one, while the other, rich but depressed, plays accordion tunes to a gaggle of pet turtles. Written by Greg Pribyl <gpribyl@isd.net>

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A rebellious young man. With his own vision of the future. And his own fantasy of love.


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Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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9 September 1994 (USA)  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)

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$106,658 (USA)
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The backing music used in the 'dinner party' scene between Axel (Depp), Paul, Elaine, and Grace, is a piece by jazz musician Django Reinhardt. The same piece was used in the "river dance" scene in Chocolat (2000), where it is performed on guitar by Johnny Depp. See more »

Quotes

Axel Blackmar: [Grace and Axel are wrapping presents for Elaine's birthday] I was thinking about what you said.
Grace Stalker: What did I say?
Axel Blackmar: That... I was supposed to be with you.
Grace Stalker: Could you hand me that tape?
Axel Blackmar: You know... when I first met her, I felt something kind of strong. I didn't know what it was, I didn't know what to call it. Now everything is kinda turned around and she's like a... she's like this cloud... that I can see through. And on the other side, I see you. And I feel something very strong. I think I know what...
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Crazy Credits

The end credits read: "Any reference to Cadillac dealerships or dealers is purely fictional. The Cadillac automobile was selected for the film because it was and continues to represent the epitomy (sic) of American automobile design." See more »

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References Rocky (1976) See more »

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Doll on a Music Box
Written by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman
Performed by Richard M. Sherman
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Movie as litmus test
6 October 1999 | by (the lower depths) – See all my reviews

I remember when I first realized that you really learn what people are like when they're drunk. There are the happy lushes who love the world & fill it with hugs & sloppy kisses when they've had too much. Then there are the ones who get mean, real mean - violent even, all the rage coming out. Some movies bring out the same thing in people. This is one of them. Personally, I think it's a superb movie, but then I was always a lovesick sloppy drunk, too.

What more can I say? Everyone in this movie, especially Jerry Lewis is a thousand times better than they have ever been in any other movie. And Kusturica? Not only today's greatest living director, but one of the most creative & original visionaries ever to work in the medium. Breathtaking!


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