R | | Crime, Drama
A laconic, chain-smoking barber blackmails his wife's boss and lover for money to invest in dry cleaning, but his plan goes terribly wrong.
In the director's commentary and in interviews, Billy Bob Thornton states that filming this movie helped him quit smoking, because he would be constantly chain-smoking during shooting, and would then have a cigarette of his own in his trailer, and ... ...
Yeah, I worked in a barbershop, but I never considered myself a barber. I stumbled into it. Or married into it, more precisely.
Ed Crane is approached to invest in a "new" technology/ business idea - dry cleaning. In fact, dry cleaning had been a flourishing business since the early 20th century, a key principle of the process having been discovered in the mid-19th century by a French inventor. A town as large as Santa Rosa CA (the setting) would certainly already have had 10 or more dry cleaners by 1949.
The opening titles cast shadows on the wall as if they are real.
English, Italian, French
£419,609 (UK) (26 October 2001)
$7,494,849 (USA) (22 February 2002)
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