Storyville (film)

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Poster of the movie Storyville.jpg
Directed byMark Frost
Produced byEdward R. Pressman
David Roe
Written byMark Frost
Lee Reynolds
Based on
  • Frank Galbally
  • Robert Macklin
Music byCarter Burwell
CinematographyRonald Víctor García
Edited byB.J. Sears
Davis Entertainment
Grand Bay Films International Pty.
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Sony Pictures
(actual distribuition)
Release date
August 26, 1992
Running time
113 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$422,503[1]

Storyville is a 1992 film directed by Mark Frost and starring James Spader.


Cray Fowler, a young candidate for congress, is filmed with a prostitute as blackmail. As he investigates, Fowler discovers some family secrets involving his father and their political careers.


Critical reception[edit]

Critical reviews have been mixed. The film has a 60% 'fresh' rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 13 reviews.[2]

In his contemporary review, Roger Ebert gave the film 3.5 out of 4 stars, writing, "Storyville is a movie for people who like New Orleans better when it is dark and mysterious. It is for romantics. It is not for pragmatists, who will complain that the characters do not behave according to perfect logic, and that there are holes in its plot. They will be right, of course – this is not an airtight movie – but they will have missed the point, and the fun."[3]

James Spader's performance was praised by critics,[4][5] including Vincent Canby of The New York Times who wrote, "Mr. Spader may have won prizes for Sex, Lies, and Videotape but he comes of age as an actor in Storyville. The performance is clean, uncluttered and often funny, without sidestepping the material."[6]

Canby also praised the film's cinematography and Frost's directing, invoking Frost's collaboration with David Lynch on Twin Peaks, and calling the film "far less of a tease than the television series, a good deal shorter and much more fun."[6]


  1. ^ Storyville on IMDb Retrieved July 10, 2013
  2. ^ Storyville at Rotten Tomatoes Retrieved July 10, 2013
  3. ^ Ebert, Roger (October 9, 1992). "Storyville". Retrieved July 10, 2013.
  4. ^ Oliphant, James (October 14, 2003). "DVD Review: Storyville (1992)". PopMatters. Retrieved July 10, 2013.
  5. ^ Hinson, Hal (October 9, 1992). "Storyville". Washington Post. Retrieved July 10, 2013.
  6. ^ a b Canby, Vincent (August 26, 1992). "Movie Review: Storyville (1992)". New York Times. Retrieved July 10, 2013.

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