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American Perfekt (1997)

Criminal psychiatrist Jake Nyman is taking a much needed vacation from responsibility with an experimental road trip during which every decision will be made on a flip of a coin. Meanwhile ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amanda Plummer ... Sandra
Robert Forster ... Jake
David Thewlis ... Santini
Fairuza Balk ... Alice
Paul Sorvino ... Frank
Joanna Gleason ... Shirley
Geoffrey Lewis ... Willy
Chris Sarandon ... Sammy
Jay Patterson ... Bernie
Judson Mills ... Junior
Rutanya Alda ... Gloria
Paul Henry Paul Henry ... Trucker #1
Belinda Balaski ... Rita
Jack Breschard Jack Breschard ... Trucker #2
Nathan Le Grand ... Freddie
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Criminal psychiatrist Jake Nyman is taking a much needed vacation from responsibility with an experimental road trip during which every decision will be made on a flip of a coin. Meanwhile Sandra Thomas, disenchanted professional, is en route to pick up her flunked out sister, Alice, at a cheap motel before continuing on to visit their ailing mother. After being forced off the road by a mysterious assailant however, Sandra is picked up by Jake, whose coin flipping amoral attitude quickly excites her own desire to break a few rules. Or worse. Jake and Sandra's romance is soon driven by chance acts of crime and kindness, all governed by the flip of a coin - at least until Sandra mysteriously disappears and Jake unwittingly picks up her suspicious sister, Alice ... Written by Filmfan

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The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for grisly violence, strong sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1997 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

Américain impekable See more »

Filming Locations:

Pearblossom, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This reteams David Thewlis and Fairuza Balk after the notoriously troubled The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996). See more »

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Sandra's license plate changes from a blue California plate to a white plate at the beginning of the film. See more »

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End credits run backwards See more »

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Vision (O euchari in leta via)
By Hildegard von Bingen
Arranged and Interpreted by Richard Souther
Courtesy of Angel Records
Under License From EMI - Capitol Music Special Markets
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Superior road thriller
19 January 2001 | by Bishop-11See all my reviews

Tricksy psychological thriller where no one is what they seems, nor indeed do they do what they seem!

It's well cast (almost perfekt, in fact) with the performers seeming to enjoy themselves in their roles. Angela Plummer & David Thewlis are no strangers to playing off-the-wall characters and excel as always, but it's Robert Forster who steals the film and shows along with his superb performance in "Jackie Brown" what an under-rated character actor he is.

If I've one criticism to make it's that when the characters are a little better revealed halfway through the film some of the tension dissipates a little but the plot keeps twisting and turning to the very end.

Worth a couple of hours of your time.


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