Zandalee (1991)




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In this thriller, poet Thierry Martin (Judge Reinhold) takes over the family business, abandoning both his art and his sex life, much to the dismay of his wife, Zandalee (Erika Anderson). However, when Thierry's painter friend Johnny Collins (Nicolas Cage) comes to town, his fling with Zandalee could prove more complicated than he imagined.
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Nicolas Cage
as Johnny Collins
Judge Reinhold
as Thierry Martin
Erika Anderson
as Zandalee Martin
Steve Buscemi
as OPP Man
Ian Abercrombie
as Louie Medina
Jo-El Sonnier
as Bartender
Newell Alexander
as Allen Calhoun
Eliott Keener
as Richard Norvo
Richard Greenberg
as Bachelor Man
John Cutler
as Groom
Thomas Iain
as Bible Thumper
Don Brady
as Father Brady
Karen Ayme
as Dancer
Danny Landos
as Stumble Bum
Kevin McDonald
as Drug Dealer
Louis Barrosso
as Bystander
James Williamson
as Man at Bar
Jon Cutler
as Groom
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Critic Reviews for Zandalee

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

The plot is daft, the dialogue worse.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

As cinema, Zandalee is more intriguing for what it attempts to do than for what it actually achieves. But, as softcore eroticism, it's a better-than-average date movie for those hot video nights at home.

Full Review… | September 16, 2008
TV Guide

As sexy as hell....possibly the best erotic drama since "Nine and a Half Weeks". Erika Anderson could melt frozen chocolate on a winter's day!

Full Review… | March 16, 2006
Film Threat

Okay, so what did they all think they were doing?

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

It's bafflingly slow, bafflingly strange and baffling bad.

Full Review… | November 25, 2002

Intended as an artistically serious feature film about real-life eroticism, Zandalee -- for reasons no doubt mysterious to its makers -- turned out so laugh-out-loud loopy it went straight to video shelves.

Full Review… | November 6, 2001

Audience Reviews for Zandalee

Following up on Wild At Heart, Cage appeared in the God-awful movie Zandalee, in which Nic dons a goatee and a Louisiana accent and does romantic battle with Judge Rheinhold, who last worked with Nic in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Both actors sport some fine have porn 'staches. High points in the movie: Steve Buscemi as a jailbird with a heart of gold. Low points: Everything else. Nic, playing Johnny Collins, wears all black and a mullet. He's the worst kind of tortured artist, the kind that has to talk about how tortured they are to everybody around them. Judge Rheinhold is Thierry Martin, the head of a family-owned communications business. His wife is Zandalee, a skinny boutique owner bored with responsible Judgester, who starts banging Nic's tortured artist self, an affair that culminates in the weirdly passive death of The Judge in the bayou following some homoerotic/man on man sexualized violence. Johnny Collins, who also sidelines as a drug addict and mule, gets in debt to the wrong people; Zandalee, who is detached from her emotions in pretty much the entire movie, sacrifices herself to save his life. At the end, everybody is dead or unhappy. One audience member on Rotten Tomatoes sums up the film like this: "A boring movie about a woman named Zandalee-what kind of fucking name is that? who has an affair with her husband's friend. Terrible acting and no type of plot. Maybe there is one hot sex scene but that's about it." Thanks Jennifer Torres! That pretty much captures the film. Based on the pretentious dialogue, the slow pacing, the meaningless plot, the apparent hatred of all three main characters, and the setting (New Orleans, decay, etc) this is intended to be a serious art film. The director, Sam Pillsbury, worked on the excellent and underrated 1985 sci-fi film The Quiet Earth (and later went on to film Free Willy 3 before quitting film to start a vinyard in Arizona that he sold to the lead singer from the band Tool-true story) but he channeled none of the fine work from Quiet Earth into this ball of self-loathing and misery. Nobody is particularly great in the film-although the actors are all too skilled to turn in terrible performances-but I got the feeling none of them bought into the story completely, and it shows. There's a lack of chemistry. Nic's character is super-intense and so Nic stares and lot and breaks things and doesn't smile. I just wanted to slap him. Nic has a very hard time fully embracing roles that do not include some aspect of self-mockery. The twat he plays in this film couldn't reflect upon his own image in a mirror, and Nic ends up playing him as a very superficial character, all destructive id with no hint of something deeper. One of the worst Cage films. A film that desperately wants to be something it is not, and suffers twice as much for failing.

Steve Wilson
Steve Wilson

A terribly shallow film featuring everything a B movie needs.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer


Horribly 80's, with the acting to match. Remnants of "Wild at Heart" and "Wild Orchid" dance in my head like a freaky zombie bash.

Jeff B
Jeff B

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