Truth or Consequences, N.M. (1997)




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Actor Keiffer Sutherland makes his feature-film directorial debut with this hip, ironic road movie/crime drama that is big on pulp-fiction style but lacking in originality. With a big tip of the hat towards Quentin Tarantino's work, the cliched tale centers on lovestruck ex-con Raymond Lembecke (Vincent Gallo). After serving time for a crime committed by the drug lord he worked for, Raymond hooks up with his lover Addy (Kim Dickens) and reunites with his former crime cronies Markus (Mykelti Williamson), an undercover DEA agent, and the violent Curtis (Sutherland), who is barely able to control his psychosis. Their plan is to rob the drug dealer and head for Vegas, but the heist goes terribly wrong and the foursome must take it on the lam. En route to Sin City, they hijack an RV driven by the nicely average Gordon and Donna (Kevin Pollak and Grace Phillips). The cops, and eventually gangsters and drug dealers, are right behind them. As the desperate crooks launch a campaign of violence and death across the Southwest, poor Donna is appalled to see Gordon being lured in by the romantic fallacies of criminal life. The film reaches its bloody climax in a small New Mexico town.
R (adult situations/language, sex, violence)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Vincent Gallo
as Raymond Lembecke
Mykelti Williamson
as Marcus Weans
Kiefer Sutherland
as Curtis Freley
Kevin Pollak
as Gordon Jacobson
Kim Dickens
as Addy Monroe
Grace Phillips
as Donna Moreland
Rick Rossovich
as Frank Thompson
John C. McGinley
as Eddie Grillo
Max Perlich
as Wayne
Rod Steiger
as Tony Vago
James McDaniel
as Frank Thompson
Scott Christopher
as Frank Pearson
Steve O'Neill
as Detective
Marshall Bell
as Police Lieutenant
Richard Clark
as Don Severt
Mark Lonow
as Alan Gryder
Jason Rodriguez
as Sir Man No. 1
Jim Wilkey
as Sir Man No. 2
Craig Cliver
as Sheriff
Robert Peters
as Market Clerk
Craig Clyde
as Patrol Officer
Joan Robinson
as Sheriff No. 1
Colin Patrick Lynch
as Sheriff No. 2
James Verbois
as Man on Hillside
Tim Parati
as Cecil
DonRe Sampson
as Cecil's Man
Bill McIntosh
as Warehouse Cop No. 1
Perry Barndt
as Warehouse Cop No. 2
John Brimley
as Warehouse Cop No. 3
Bob Jaurgui
as Stunt Cop
Maurice Dunster
as Dodge Owner
Dennis Bridwell
as Vago Wiseguy No. 1
Richard Slaughter
as Vago Wiseguy No. 2
Don Shanks
as Vago Wiseguy No. 3
Chris Howell
as Roadside Bar Fighter
Craig Hosking
as Helicopter Pilot
Dan Rudert
as Helicopter Pilot
Manny Rodriguez
as Marksman
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Critic Reviews for Truth or Consequences, N.M.

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)'s ultimately not terribly difficult to discern why Truth or Consequences, N.M. has all but been forgotten in the years since its 1997 release.

Full Review… | July 5, 2016
Reel Film Reviews

It's a derivative setup, and the entire film's turn of events is just as unoriginal, but taken at face value as a thriller, it works.

Full Review… | October 3, 2005

I'm a Vincent Gallo fan.

July 25, 2004

Both the protagonists and the film are doomed from the start, in this vulgar and mindless action flick.

Full Review… | February 10, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Truth or Consequences, N.M.

Dramatic crime noir made a come-back in the 1990s to an extent and this film is a decent example of doing it right.

Darrin Craig
Darrin Craig

A powerhouse crime-thriller that's crafted with intense dedication and riveting performances. Director - Co-Star, Kiefer Sutherland is a knockout, his performance is explosive and his direction is brilliant. A heard-edged film that has all barrels-blazing, is darkly funny and has intriguing character development. A riveting and action-packed thrill-ride that actually has consequences to the characters actions and showcases great talent from the cast. Vincent Gallo is terrific. Martian Sheen is wickedly cool. A powerful, stylish and ferocious movie that underneath all its gruff lies a heart.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer


I watched this one because Mykelti Williamson is in it and I'm trying to watch all his movies. Neat little thriller about a group of ex cons who while ripping off a drug dealer accidentally kill an undercover cop, forcing them to take to the road. They head for Las Vegas to sell the stolen drugs taking along with them a couple as hostages as they are pursued by both the cops, and the drug dealers associates, who are not best pleased with what they have done. The film moves at a reasonable pace and the acting is good, especially from leads, Gallo, Williamson and an evil Kiefer Sutherland, who clearly enjoys his role as the psychotic Curtis. It's just a shame that the plot seems to run out of steam for the last 20 or so minutes but it does come together again for an exciting finale. Well worth checking out. Sutherland also directed. 3 1/2 Stars 6-4-13

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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