Home video release poster
|Directed by||Sam Pillsbury|
|Produced by||William Warren Blaylock
|Written by||Mari Kornhauser|
|Music by||Pray for Rain|
|Edited by||Michael Horton|
|Distributed by||Artisan Entertainment|
Zandalee is a 1991 erotic thriller and romantic tragedy which was shot entirely in New Orleans, released in 1991, starring Nicolas Cage, Judge Reinhold, Erika Anderson, Marisa Tomei, Joe Pantoliano, Viveca Lindfors, Aaron Neville, and Steve Buscemi. The film was directed by Sam Pillsbury.
Although the film played theatrically in some countries, it was released straight to video in the United States. The film steals liberally from the novel and play by Émile Zola entitled Thérèse Raquin.
Zandalee Martin is frustrated and feeling unfulfilled with her marriage to Thierry Martin, and eventually gets tangled in a passionate, sensual and torrid affair with her husband's mysterious and free spirited old friend Johnny Collins. Zandalee and Thierry’s marriage has hit a snag and seems to be eroding. Zan needs to explore, while Thierry wants to withdraw, and has become more and more distant and impotent in their relationship. He used to be a poet, but now has taken over the family’s communications business after the death of his father. As time goes on, Thierry has to sell the business and become basically a (vice president) figurehead. He is emotionally adrift as his dreams give way to disillusionment.
Collins, an artist by trade, has been working for Thierry’s business to help support his paintings. His only religion is self-gratification. Sensing Zandalee’s frustration and vulnerability, Collins takes advantage and moves in by seducing her. Their sexual liaisons occur in various places. Thierry soon suspects the two are having an affair.
As the affair intensifies, Johnny asks Zandalee to leave her husband. Zandalee never abandons her true love Thierry, and ends the affair. She and Thierry re-commit themselves to each other, but Johnny, now obsessed with her will not be brushed off that easily. He tracks them to their vacation spot in the Bayou. All of this puts the three on a destructive collision course with a tragic sequence of events.
- Nicolas Cage as Johnny Collins
- Judge Reinhold as Thierry Martin
- Erika Anderson as Zandalee Martin
- Marisa Tomei as Remy
- Joe Pantoliano as Gerri
- Viveca Lindfors as Tatta
- Aaron Neville as Jack the bartender
- Steve Buscemi as OPP Man
- Ian Abercrombie as Louis Medina
- Newell Alexander as Allen Calhoun
- Zach Galligan as Rog
Zandalee was released in the United States on July 18, 1991 as a video premiere. Other countries releasing the film were Germany, on May 9, 1991, the United Kingdom on May 10, 1991, Hong Kong on May 16, 1991, the Netherlands on November 15, 1991 and Australia on Feb. 13th, 1992.
Originally rated NC-17 by the Motion Picture Association of America, Zandalee had its rating surrendered before release. There is both the original "unrated and uncut" version and an "R rated" version. The international version has a few more scenes which help explain the characters a bit better than the U.S. versions. Some versions have enhanced color as well. One German version of the movie was titled "Love Affair," but it is the same movie.
In popular culture
The film was mentioned in an episode of Clerks: The Animated Series by Randal Graves as an attempted bribery of being Dante Hicks' lawyer by telling the "honorable" Judge Reinhold that he [Randal] has seen all of his movies including Zandalee and Vice Versa.