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Bobby G. Can't Swim (1999)

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John-Luke Montias makes a triple-threat debut as writer, director and star of the tense urban drama Bobby G. Can't Swim. Bobby Grace (John-Luke Montias) is a small-time drug dealer who is just trying to keep himself above water, selling cocaine to a collection of losers and ne'er-do-wells in New York's Hell's Kitchen. Despite the pathetic circumstances of his life, Bobby and his pals -- girlfriend Lucy (Susan Mitchell), who makes her living as a hooker; Popeet (Norman Middleton), a blind man who has a knack for finding salable objects, and Coco (Vincent Vega), Bobby's supplier -- are convinced that somehow their lives will get better. One day, Bobby's ship would seem to have finally come it; he meets an upscale customer who wants to buy an entire kilo of coke. The deal should earn Bobby a payday big enough to allow him to get out of dealing, but the customer demands product before payment, and when the payment doesn't arrive, Bobby's gravy train turns into an anchor threatening to take him to the bottom of the ocean. Bobby G. Can't Swim received an enthusiastic response in its screening at the 1999 Santa Barbara Film Festival.

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Cast

John-Luke Montias
as Bobby Grace
Anthony Castle
as Tony Zino
Anthony Caso
as Tony Zino
Bill Golodner
as Det. Smith
Rick Poli
as Dollar Bill
Tom Flannagan
as Det. Nuzzo
Veronica Bero
as His Girl
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Critic Reviews for Bobby G. Can't Swim

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (6)

Decidedly a minor item that's been on the shelf for a while but is nonetheless an effective calling card for its writer-director- star.

November 13, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The movie rarely overcomes its terminal Scorsese- and Ferrara-isms, or fulfills the promise, evident in the film's early passages, that Montias might be a fine observer of local color with his own unique stories to tell.

November 13, 2003 | Full Review…

An impressive if flawed effort that indicates real talent.

June 25, 2002

Montias ... pumps a lot of energy into his nicely nuanced narrative and surrounds himself with a cast of quirky -- but not stereotyped -- street characters.

June 21, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4

Unfortunately, as a writer, Mr. Montias isn't nearly as good to his crew as he is as a director or actor.

June 21, 2002 | Rating: 2/5

The minor figures surrounding [Bobby] ... form a gritty urban mosaic.

June 19, 2002 | Full Review…

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