Tough Guys Don't Dance

1987

Tough Guys Don't Dance

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Norman Mailer wrote and directed this demented film noir, which takes place in a Provincetown of perpetual twilight. Most of the tale, based on his best-selling novel, is told in flashback as Dougy Madden (Lawrence Tierney) pays a visit to his son Tim (Ryan O'Neal). Dougy, a tough ex-bartender, is ravaged by cancer and decides to see Tim one last time in order. But Tim is suffering both from writer's block and from the effects of too many years of drink, drugs, and sex. His sexy wife Patty Lariene (Debra Sandlund) has recently left him and disappeared. Even worse, one morning he awakens from his stupor to find the front seat of his car covered with blood and a severed head inside his drug stash. He tries to rekindle a relationship with his ex-wife Madeleine (Isabella Rossellini), now married to the psychotic Provincetown police chief, Alvin Luther Regency (Wings Hauser), and he re-acquaints himself with old prep school friend Wardley Meeks III (John Bedford Lloyd), who was also married to the missing Patty Lareine. As the murders pile up and Tim's psyche takes a beating, Dougy decides to help Tim put an end to this chaotic mess of murders.

Cast

Ryan O'Neal
as Tim Madden
Isabella Rossellini
as Madeleine Regency
Debra Sandlund
as Patty Lareine
Wings Hauser
as Regency
John Bedford Lloyd
as Wardley Meeks III
Lawrence Tierney
as Dougy Madden
Penn Jillette
as Big Stoop
Frances Fisher
as Jessica Pond
R. Patrick Sullivan
as Lonny Pangborn
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