Slam Dance (1987)

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In this off-beat and stylish mystery by director Wayne Wang, C.C. Drood (Tom Hulce) is an underground cartoonist who is separated from his wife Helen (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) and daughter Bean (Judith Barsi). When his lover Yolanda (Virginia Madsen) is found murdered, Drood is the main focus of the police investigation. When Drood uncovers a sex scandal involving police chief Gilbert (John Doe) and Detective Smiley (Harry Dean Stanton), he realizes he is being made the fall guy for the crime. Singer Adam Ant plays Drood's buddy Jim.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Mystery & Suspense
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Studio:
Island Pictures

Cast

Tom Hulce
as C.C. Drood
Adam Ant
as Jim
Millie Perkins
as Bobbie Nye
Judith Barsi
as Bean Drood
Rosalind Chao
as Mrs. Bell
Sasha Delgado
as Girl at nursery
Joshua Caceras
as Boy At Nursery
John Doe
as Gilbert
Marty Levy
as Detective
Jon C. Slade
as Junkie
Julian Deyer
as Cop at police station
Dennis Hayden
as Mean drunk
Herta Ware
as Mrs. Raines, C.C.'s Landlady
Lin Shaye
as Librarian
Michael Ennis
as Morgue clerk
Lisa Niemi
as Ms. Schell
Jeris Poindexter
as Party Cop
Christopher Keene
as Cop on street
Laura Campbell
as Pat Minninger
John Fleck
as Opera Singer
Buckley Norris
as Minister
Frazer Smith
as Radio DJ
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Critic Reviews for Slam Dance

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

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Full Review… | February 22, 2012
Variety
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The plot of this movie is a little infuriating, because it gets in the way of the people.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

April 22, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Oughtta come with a decoder ring.

April 2, 2005
eFilmCritic.com

Audience Reviews for Slam Dance

Watchable neo-noir that I picked up on the recommendation of a friend - was a decent little afternoon of entertainment, and something that I hadn't been aware of before so that was kinda cool. Worth a rental if you have the chance.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

(***): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] An interesting mystery.

TTT C
TTT C
½

Since no one else has written about Slam Dance. An off the beaten path film and probably not for everyone. This fairly difficult, but impossible film has a free flowing kind of narrative structure and some creative transitioning between It's scenes and snapshot moments. Which can be jarring and a bit confusing, but if you pay attention and think about it, it shouldn't be as elusive as say Mulholland Dr. (Good luck finding a point in that shifting art gallery. And yet people will submit to its seduction anyway and not feel cheated, now that's talent.) It's a well shot and attractive film especially for the 80's. It's able to escape many of the pitfalls of its decade's dated problems to feel much of the time like a movie that could've been made whenever, if but for a few elements. Some themes to help understand its ambiguity better are regret, poor luck, mistakes, and some very bad choices (I realize those two are nearly the same, but there is a difference at times). The critics were a little hard on this film, although it wouldn't guess it by the critics who gave praise on the DVD case.

Scott Simmons
Scott Simmons

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