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In the Soup (1992)



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Alexandre Rockwell's quirky autobiographical comedy stars Steve Buscemi as Adolpho Rollo, a would-be screenwriter who is obsessed with getting his 500-page script "Unconditional Surrender" produced. Desperate for money, he places an ad for financial backing, which is answered by con man Joe (Seymour Cassel). The film was shot in color, but was released theatrically in black & white. Both verisions eventually made their way to home video release.


Steve Buscemi
as Aldolpho Rollo
Sully Boyar
as Old Man
Carol Kane
as Barbara
Stanley Tucci
as Gregoire
Ruth Malaczech
as Mrs. Rollo
Philip Frank Messina
as Bafardi Brother
Paul Herman
as Rent-A-Car Clerk
Richard Boes
as Nietzche
Mike Anderson
as Little Man
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Critic Reviews for In the Soup

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5)

A charming pipsqueak of a movie, a playful film of ragged and shaggy appeal.

February 7, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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Rockwell's wonderfully unassuming movie throws a big hug around youthful ambition, b/w filmstock, and the glowing screen charisma of Cassel. An unheralded gem.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

A droll, self-conscious fable with an unexpected heart of gold ...

August 30, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/5
New York Times
Top Critic

[Actor] Cassel seems to be a variation on the noble/foolish hero played by Ben Gazzara in Cassavetes's The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, but you certainly don't have to know this source to respond to Cassel's enormous funds of charm and charisma.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Because of the generally poor quality of character development, I just didn't care about how things resolved themselves. A strong ending might have redeemed something from this mess, but it was not to be.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

There isn't enough one could say about the casting in this film -- it's simply perfect. The story is elevated by the chemistry and sense of improvisation between Buscemi and Cassel.

February 7, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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