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Year: 1999
USA: The Asylum
Cast: Pat Crowder, Laura Witty, Mel Hampton, Max Kerstein, Josh Hammond, Barry Sigismondi, John Maynard, Ezra Buzzington, Larry DeLassus, Lane Siller, Delaina Mitchell, Leslie Lauten, Estelle Cohen, Laicie Manrelle, Deborah Johnson
Director: Robinson Devor
Country: USA
USA: 90 mins
USA Rated: R for sexual content and some language
USA Release Date: 16 June 2000 (Limited Release - New York)


Richard Hudson, an inveterate woman chaser and gifted used car salesman, possesses a pimp?s understanding of the ways in which women (and men) are most vulnerable - and justifies his seductions with a highly perverse logic. By day, he works his crooked car lot with much success. By night, he returns home to a family of misfits: an adoring, ageless mother; her washed-up husband, an ex-film director who is twenty years her junior; and a curious teenage stepsister ripe for corruption.

One day Richard is seized by a feeling of terror and revulsion: he realizes he?s wasting his life in the meaningless pursuit of money. His only hope, he decides, is to abandon the used-car game and try his hand at something creative - an ambitious and risk-laden project that will "tie up in a single package his reason for existing." The fact that he has no experience in the arts means little to Richard. "Experts" are enlisted, and like a ringleader engineering a crime, he moves forward with a volatile and unyielding energy.

Richard completes his cherished project. But forces beyond his control swiftly reject and destroy it. As a result, the enraged and humiliated used-car salesman goes on a bender for the ages drinking his way through the underbelly of Los Angeles and exacting a monstrous revenge on all who have crossed him.

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