Six Ways to Sunday (1999)




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An awkward, introverted and gentile 18-year-old boy living at home with a smotheringly overaffectionate mother becomes an unlikely trainee for the Jewish mob after he displays a surprisingly violent side to his personality. An off-beat black comedy.

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Marc Gerald, Adam Bernstein
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On DVD: Aug 31, 1999
Ardustry Home Entertainment

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as Harry Odum

as Kate Odum

as Arnie Finklestein

as Bennet

as Fishetti

as Madden

as Abie `The Bug' Pinkw...

as Hyman

as Angry Chinese Man

as Benjamin Taft

as Rudolph Sax

as Louis Varga

as Madame Royce

as Annibelle

as Uncle Max

as Men's Room Victim

as Concerned Neighbor
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Critic Reviews for Six Ways to Sunday

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (7)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 5, 1999
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | July 21, 2005
Houston Chronicle
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Full Review… | April 22, 2003
L.A. Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Six Ways to Sunday


The reason I didn't give the movie a solid five stars is because I've read the novel, and one area where it differs is Arnie. Adrien Brody's wannabe thug portrayal of a guy who's supposed to be Harry's in with the mob is almost cartoon-ish and it reflects somewhat badly on the mobsters in this movie. Also, the effects when Harry goes into his rages aren't the best. Perhaps if they could have conveyed more where Harry was coming from beforehand, all that would be needed is maybe a dropout of sound, a distant look in his eye, then he'd let loose and it would be way more impactful and less of a mess. With all that said, however, they do well to incorporate a lot of the source material even though they shrink the timeline. Almost all the key moments from the novel are given their due, and Norman Reedus as Harry and Debbie Harry as his mother are PERFECT. Norman plays all the aspects of Harry - the innocent, the violent, the sexually confused, etc.. - with true and serious commitment. He doesn't cringe away from some of the film's themes, and neither does Debbie Harry, even more-so. She plays the detached, pouting, smothering mother just as she is. She's a flawed, broken, morally gone woman who's harboring a romantic love for her son now that he's grown, and she doesn't try and play her as someone to be understood, which allows the character to just be fascinating. When you see her and her son both go mad, it's deeply troubling, but it manages to keep perspective, and more importantly, Charles Perry's novel's perspective. If you haven't seen the movie, it's a fascinating one if you're not squeamish to the subject matter. I highly recommend it, and if you enjoy the movie, reading the novel is a MUST. It's brilliant.

Tracey S

wiiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrdddddddddddd movie, but good.
it took me a few time of watching it to make me really like it..
yay norman reedus.

I liked this movie. It is not your typical movie. The realationship between Harry and his mom was disturbing.


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