Slam Dance (film)

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Slam Dance
Slamdanceposter.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Wayne Wang
Produced by Don Keith Opper
Written by Don Keith Opper
Starring Virginia Madsen
Tom Hulce
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Music by Mitchell Froom
Cinematography Amir M. Mokri
Edited by Sandy Nervig
Lee Percy
Distributed by Island Pictures
Release dates October 2, 1987
Running time 100 minutes
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English
Budget $4.5 million
Box office $406,881

Slam Dance is a 1987 thriller directed by Wayne Wang and starring Virginia Madsen, Tom Hulce, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. It was screened out of competition at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival.

Slam Dance Marked the final live action movie of Judith Barsi before murder the following year. [1]

Plot[edit]

A married cartoonist named C.C. Drood becomes involved in the cover up of a political sex scandal after his lover, Yolanda, a call girl, is found murdered.

Drood has betrayed his wife Helen with the exotic Yolanda, who takes him to a club where the patrons slam dance, violently crashing into one another on the dance floor.

Bobby Nye, a former lesbian lover of Yolanda's, hires a hit man named Buddy to do away with Drood, who is also hotly pursued by the police. Drood ultimately comes to believe that Bobby and Buddy are the ones responsible for Yolanda's death. A corrupt cop, Gilbert, is doing everything in his power to pin the whole thing on Drood, but a police colleague, Smiley, intervenes on the wanted man's behalf.

Buddy is eventually overcome with guilt in his role in the killing of Yolanda, so he spares Drood's life and takes his own. To escape with his wife and his life, Drood tries to make Nye and the cops believe that Buddy's body is actually his.

Cast[edit]

Production and reception[edit]

After writing and directing Chan Is Missing and Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart, the films involving Chinese American characters and the latter that received "mixed reviews [and] modest [...] box office earnings", Wayne Wang chose to direct Slam Dance in effort to not limit himself to just films about Chinese Americans, and it was Wang's first film not to include any Chinese characters.[2][3] Despite the film's $4.5 million budget, the film grossed "less than $407,000," and reviews were mixed at the time of theatrical release. New York Times film critic Vincent Canby wrote in his November 6,1987 review that Wang "goes straight if quite gracefully to the bottom with his first mainstream movie", describing it as "less interesting for its characters than for its fancy decor and images."[3]

Release dates[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Slam Dance". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-07-25. 
  2. ^ Weinraub, Bernard (September 5, 1993). "FILM; 'I Didn't Want To Do Another Chinese Movie'". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ a b Liu, Sandra (2000). "Negotiating the Meaning of Access: Wayne Wang's Contingent Film Practice". Countervisions: Asian-American Film Criticism. Temple University Press. p. 94. ISBN 1-56639-775-8.  For paperback: ISBN 1-56639-776-6.

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