The Last Days of Frankie the Fly (1997)
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Frankie "The Fly" (Dennis Hopper) is an awkward, introverted middle-aged, bottom-rung gangster. Though outwardly mild-mannered, Frankie secretly entertains dreams of getting violent revenge upon those who constantly humiliate him. He frequently watches films and idolizes Marlon Brando's performance in On the Waterfront. His boss Sal (Michael Madsen) and Sal's number one thug Vic (screenwriter Dayton Callie) are high on Frankie's imaginary hit list. One day, while on the set of a porno movie helmed by stuffy NYU film-school graduate Joey (Kiefer Sutherland), Frankie falls in love with Margaret (Daryl Hannah), a drug-addicted prostitute who dreams of becoming a real movie star. Joey is a compulsive gambler deeply indebted to Sal. Because the crime boss has forbidden Joey to visit the racetrack, the young director talks Frankie into placing bets for him. Though it's a dangerous risk, Frankie agrees to go to the track, knowing that he will at long last get his big chance for revenge. … More
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The film Quentin Tarantino never made, about a down at heel mob flunky (Hopper) infatuated with porn actress Daryl Hannah. Shades of Donnie Brasco crossed with a revenge thriller streaked with black humour. Pretty good on the whole.
This Tarantino knock-off is a real mess. Frankie works for a 2nd rate mobster who deals in pornography. Frankie falls for it's star attraction, Margaret, played by Daryl Hannah. Joey is the director of these sex movies and decides to go behind the mobsters back in obtaining extra cash. This proves to be a no no and with Frankie getting involved in the mess one only knows whether or not he'll make it out alive (especially since the title suggests otherwise). I'll just be up front and say he doesn't die and it's not his last days. Although I've seen better days with these actors in other movies. Even this type of story has been played out better in other movies. Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead is one film that comes to mind while I was watching this movie.
Quirky story and performances by Hopper and Sutherland, funny, twisted and entertaining for a rainy afternoon.
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