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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 ... 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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

It's the world inside out.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,917, 28 July 1991

Gross USA:

$28,654

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,654
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Production Co:

Backward Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Gus: I will laugh SO hard, my stomach will burst open and spray bile all over the stage!
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Referenced in Habeas Corpus: The Making of 'Psycho Cop Returns' (2017) See more »

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A wretched thing you found in the trash to impress mum, and she slaps you.
30 March 2019 | by ReadingFilmSee all my reviews

It impressed me to its garbage heap universe at first, but it wore off fast. Bill Paxton sort of rings true, as there are so many people like that... my favorite was when he licked the corpse of the dead woman and it was a totally contained, irrelevant moment. This is the kind of freakshow that echoes across the imagination of the completely and totally amoral; it's a nihilistic hell that celebrates hedonism, celebrity, sex and materialism as the ultimate end goal. As a visual world it was entertaining until the dreaded 'second act'. Nothing has destroyed more films. I wish that the movie took it all in a lighter direction, if they found the love within it, give all these weirdos happiness, might turn genuinely sweet. If you're going to venture off the beaten path you have to really be inviting and well behaved, or, leave the audience in a better state than when you found them.


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