Another Day in Paradise (film)

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Another Day in Paradise
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byLarry Clark
Produced byLarry Clark
James Woods
Stephen Chin
Scott Shiffman
Written byStephen Chin
Christopher B. Landon
Based onAnother Day in Paradise
by Eddie Little
CinematographyEric Alan Edwards
Edited byLuis Colina
Distributed byTrimark Pictures
Release date
December 30, 1998 (1998-12-30)
Running time
101 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,036,818[2]

Another Day in Paradise is a 1998 crime drama film directed by Larry Clark, and released by Trimark Pictures. It is based on the novel Another Day in Paradise written by Eddie Little. The movie won the Grand Prix award at the 1999 Festival du Film Policier de Cognac. The film starred James Woods, Melanie Griffith, Vincent Kartheiser and Natasha Gregson Wagner.

Previously both Woods and Griffith had worked together in the 1975 film Night Moves and the 1990 TV film Women and Men: Stories of Seduction.


A vending machine robbery by small-time thief and drug addict Bobbie goes badly awry, and his friends contact street-wise thief and part-time druggie Mel to patch him up.

Recognizing a kindred spirit, Mel befriends Bobbie and his girlfriend Rosie, inviting them to join him and his long-suffering girlfriend Sid on a drug robbery which should set them up for life. The seemingly simple robbery is a great success, but the sale of the drugs afterward fails badly, and Mel and Bobbie are shot.

The four take refuge with the Reverend, who charges them half of their haul from the robbery to care for them. In a desperate attempt to recover their losses, Mel involves the crew in a disastrous, ill-advised jewelry robbery. Bobbie and Rosie have an argument before Bobbie leaves. After the robbery fails, he returns to find Rosie has committed suicide via heroin.

Bobbie explodes at Mel and blames him for everything. When they stop somewhere for Bobbie to use the bathroom Mel tells Sid about his plans to kill Bobbie. When asked to buy a shovel she informs Bobbie of Mel’s plan and gives him some money. He runs away, through a cornfield as Mel and Sid drive off, finally free.



The film's soundtrack includes mainly 60s and 70s soul music, including songs by Otis Redding, Clarence Carter, Allen Toussaint, and songs by other artists such as The Tornadoes and Bob Dylan.


Another Day in Paradise received mixed reviews from critics. It currently holds a 57% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 49 reviews.[3] It was the last film that film critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel gave their famous ’two thumbs up’ to.


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  3. ^ "Another Day In Paradise (1997)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 21, 2019.

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