Frogs for Snakes

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Frogs for Snakes
Frogs for Snakes.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Amos Poe
Produced by Phyllis Freed Kaufman
Larry Meistrich
Daniel J. Victor
Screenplay by Amos Poe
Music by Lazy Boy
Cinematography Enrique Chediak
Edited by Jeff Kushner
Shooting Gallery
Rain Film
Distributed by Artisan Entertainment
Release date
  • February 20, 1998 (1998-02-20) (B.I.F.F.)
  • August 14, 1998 (1998-08-14) (U.S.)
Running time
108 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $20,693 (USA)

Frogs for Snakes is a 1998 film written and directed by Amos Poe.


Out of work actress Eva (Hershey), pays her way by working as a waitress at a diner in Manhattan's Lower East Side owned by Quint (Hart). She makes extra cash by making collections for her ex-husband, loan shark Al (Coltrane). The film also involves Eva's new boyfriend Zip (Leguizamo), wanna-be actress Myrna (Marie), Al's girlfriend Simone (Mazar), gangster Gascone (Perlman), and Al's driver UB (Deblinger).

Eva is ready to give up both the loan collecting and acting, dreaming of a suburban house with a picket-fence lifestyle with her son Augie (Kerkoulas). Al agrees to let her go, but needs her for just one more job, locating the missing $600,000 stolen from him by Flav (Theroux). Al also plans to produce a stage production of David Mamet's American Buffalo, and he offers a role to UB if he will murder Zip.

Principal cast[edit]

Actor Role
Barbara Hershey Eva Santana
Robbie Coltrane Al Santana
Ian Hart Quint
John Leguizamo Zip
Debi Mazar Simone
Ron Perlman Gascone
Justin Theroux Flav Santana
Clarence Williams III Huck Hanley
Harry Hamlin Klench
Lisa Marie Myrna L'Hatsky
Nick Chinlund Iggy Schmurtz
David Deblinger UB
Zak Kerkoulas Augie

Critical reception[edit]

The film received mostly negative reviews.

Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times gave the film zero stars:

Mark Savlov of The Austin Chronicle:

Soundtrack listing[edit]

  1. "Subterranean Homesick Blues" by Bob Dylan
  2. "Uneasy Street" by Lazy Boy
  3. "Sweet Thing" by The Gaturs
  4. "Theme From Headtrader" by Lazy Boy
  5. "Destination Moon" by Dinah Washington
  6. "Delivery For Mr. Rilke" by Jeffrey Howard
  7. "Downtown" by Toledo Diamond
  8. "The Man with The Golden Arm" by Barry Adamson
  9. "Blood on White Shoes" by Howard Shore
  10. "Not a Waltz" by Wolly
  11. "Horns for Harry" by Jeffrey Howard
  12. "Mr. Excitement" by Tipsy
  13. "Fly Away" by Poe
  14. "Si Mi Chiamo Mimi" from La bohème, with vocalist Luba Orgonášová and Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
  15. "Fattening Frogs for Snakes" by Patti Smith


  1. ^ "Frogs For Snakes :: :: Reviews". Retrieved 2011-08-15. 
  2. ^ "Frogs for Snakes - Film Calendar". The Austin Chronicle. 1999-05-28. Retrieved 2011-08-15. 

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