Storyville (film)

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Poster of the movie Storyville.jpg
Directed byMark Frost
Written byMark Frost
Lee Reynolds
Based on
  • Frank Galbally
  • Robert Macklin
Produced byEdward R. Pressman
David Roe
CinematographyRonald Víctor García
Edited byB.J. Sears
Music byCarter Burwell
Davis Entertainment
Grand Bay Films International Pty.
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
August 26, 1992
Running time
113 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$15 million[1]
Box office$422,503[2]

Storyville is a 1992 film directed by Mark Frost and starring James Spader. The film takes its name from the historic Storyville red-light district of New Orleans.


Cray Fowler, a young lawyer running for congress from New Orleans, is filmed with a prostitute as blackmail. As he investigates, Fowler discovers some shocking secrets involving his father, his family's fortune and his own political advisors.


Critical reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 67% based on 6 reviews.[3]

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."[4]

James Spader's performance was praised by critics,[5][6] 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."[7]

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."[7]


  1. ^ "AFI|Catalog".
  2. ^ "Storyville".
  3. ^ Storyville at Rotten Tomatoes Retrieved July 10, 2020
  4. ^ Ebert, Roger (October 9, 1992). "Storyville". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved July 10, 2013.
  5. ^ Oliphant, James (October 14, 2003). "DVD Review: Storyville (1992)". PopMatters. Retrieved July 10, 2013.
  6. ^ Hinson, Hal (October 9, 1992). "Storyville". Washington Post. Retrieved July 10, 2013.
  7. ^ a b Canby, Vincent (August 26, 1992). "Movie Review: Storyville (1992)". New York Times. Retrieved July 10, 2013.

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