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The Underneath (1995)

Underneath (original title)
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A recovering gambling addict attempts to reconcile with his family and friends but finds trouble and temptation when caught between feelings for his ex-wife and her dangerous hoodlum boyfriend.

Director:

Steven Soderbergh

Writers:

Don Tracy (novel), Steven Soderbergh (screenplay) (as Sam Lowry) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Gallagher ... Michael Chambers
Alison Elliott ... Rachel
William Fichtner ... Tommy Dundee
Adam Trese ... David Chambers
Joe Don Baker ... Clay Hinkle
Paul Dooley ... Ed Dutton
Shelley Duvall ... Nurse
Elisabeth Shue ... Susan Crenshaw
Anjanette Comer ... Mrs. Chambers
Dennis Hill Dennis Hill ... Guard Tom
Harry Goaz ... Guard Casey
Mark Feltch Mark Feltch ... Guard George
Jules Sharp Jules Sharp ... Hinkle's Assistant
Kenneth D. Harris Kenneth D. Harris ... Mantrap Guard
Vincent Gaskins Vincent Gaskins ... Michael's Partner
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Storyline

Michael Chambers returns home to celebrate his mother's marriage. Michael had been ousted from his home town due to his gambling indiscretions and had left his wife to deal with the mess he created. He now must reassimilate back into the town, renew his relationships with his family and friends (and enemies) and, most of all, seek out his ex-wife to woo her again. In the process, he obtains a job working with his mother's new husband as an armored car driver. He almost seems the perfect prodigal son as he finds his niche back in the community and his way back into his ex's heart. His troubles surmount when he and his wife are caught in the act by her hoodlum boyfriend/fiancé. To get out of this predicament, Michael must concoct a plan to heist of a payroll being carried by his armored car company. Written by Joel Schesser <joelsd@aol.com>

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Taglines:

For passion, betrayal and murder... there's still no place like home.

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Underneath See more »

Filming Locations:

Bastrop State Park, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$141,345, 30 April 1995

Gross USA:

$536,023

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$536,023
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Populist Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Was originally planned to have a Criterion Collection release in 2015 but was pulled for unknown reasons. It is now a special feature of Soderbergh's previous film King of the Hill. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Susan Crenshaw: Are you getting off at Austin?
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References Brazil (1985) See more »

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"The Happy Herman Polka'
Composed by Herman Dietrich
Performed by Das Cowboy' / Herman The German
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when I think about trying with you again, I have no idea if it's a moment of strength, or a moment of weakness.

Not really noir, as it is in color, so we can call it neo noir and be done with that.

Michael (Peter Gallagher), the prodigal son, returns home for his mom's wedding after being exiled for some past trouble. The flashbacks throughout the movie show us what happened, but it really doesn't matter.

What matters is the fact that he takes up again with his old flame, Rachel (Alison Elliott), who is now married to a local hood (William Fichtner), a fact she neglected to tell him.

To get out of trouble with the hood, he agrees to do an armored car robbery. His own brother (Adam Trese) suspects him.

One of director Steven Soderbergh's early works, it will not blow you away, but it will entertain you.

I suspect the ending will leave you furious.


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