Everybody Wins (film)

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Everybody Wins
Everybody wins poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Karel Reisz
Produced by Jeremy Thomas
Written by Arthur Miller
Starring Debra Winger
Nick Nolte
Will Patton
Jack Warden
Music by Mark Isham
Cinematography Ian Baker
Edited by John Bloom
Distributed by Orion Pictures
Release date(s)
  • January 19, 1990 (1990-01-19)
Running time 97 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,372,350[1]

Everybody Wins is a play written by Arthur Miller, who also wrote the screenplay for the film of the same name, directed by Karel Reisz, released in 1990 and starring Debra Winger and Nick Nolte.


A prominent doctor from New England has been murdered, and his young nephew has been convicted for the crime. A seductive, possibly unstable woman named Angela Crispini persuades a private investigator, Tom O'Toole, to look into the case. She claims that the youth is innocent and that "everybody" knows who the real killer is.

O'Toole lives with his sister, Connie, who is convinced Crispini is just using him. O'Toole is determined to get to the bottom of the case, in part due to his contempt for Charley Haggerty, the district attorney.

He discovers that Crispini may be a prostitute and that she also had been romantically involved with Haggerty before him. O'Toole enlists the help of a friendly judge, Murdoch, only to see Crispini use her ways to win the judge's favor as well.


The film was shot primarily in Norwich, Connecticut. Some of its featured locations include: Norwich City Hall, the Norwich Free Academy, the Harbor, Park Church, Canterbury Turnpike, Washington Street and Washington Street Extension, the now-renovated Mobil station, downtown Norwich, as well as many identifiable homes. One scene is set against a backdrop of a colorful (yet no longer existing) mural. The concluding scene features a stately white house on top of a hill off Washington Street Extension.

The film's score features music by Leon Redbone.



Everybody Wins received negative reviews from critics, as it currently holds a 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[2]

One notable exception was Pauline Kael, who reviewed the film in laudatory terms in her last collection, Movie Love. Kael wrote: "Debra Winger is one of the two or three finest screen actresses we've got. For a brief period in the late sixties and early seventies, moviegoers seemed willing to be guided through a movie by their intuition and imagination; if this slyly funny picture about the spread of corruption had been released then, it might have been considered a minor classic. It's satirical in an odd, halucinatory way. There are fresh, often startling scenes. The picture is a classically constructed detective story, with a mysterious woman who lures the fact-oriented man into something that ramifies in every direction and is way over his head."[3]


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