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Don't Mess with My Sister! (1985)

R | | Action, Drama | 14 July 1988 (USA)
Steven, a meek accountant-in-training, is living contentedly with his wife Clara and working for her brothers, managing the books at their junkyard. All of this changes when the belly ... See full summary »

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Meir Zarchi

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Meir Zarchi
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Perce Joe Perce ... Steven
Jeannine Lemay Jeannine Lemay ... Clara
Jack Gurci Jack Gurci ... Roberto
Peter Sapienza Peter Sapienza ... Dino
Laura Lanfranchi Laura Lanfranchi ... Annika
Kit Bard Kit Bard ... Ann
Roy Miller Roy Miller ... Jerry
Helen Perle Helen Perle ... Mama Minote
Janice Derosa Janice Derosa ... Aunt Regina
Pam La Testa Pam La Testa ... Clara's Mother (as Pam LaTesta)
Norman Lars Bebell Norman Lars Bebell ... Victor DeLarouche
Tamara Berman Tamara Berman ... Candy
Diane Hess Diane Hess ... Roberto's Wife
Julia G. Hickman Julia G. Hickman ... Martha
Yiannie Foskolos Yiannie Foskolos ... Car Thief Joe
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Steven, a meek accountant-in-training, is living contentedly with his wife Clara and working for her brothers, managing the books at their junkyard. All of this changes when the belly dancer they hire for Steve's birthday turns out to be Anke, one of his classmates. Suddenly smitten, Steven begins to pursue Anke, who falls for him when he protects her from a overly-lecherous customer. News travels fast in a close-knit neighborhood, however, and soon Clara and her brothers find out about the illicit relationship. Pushed to the edge, Steven will have to decide between his marriage with Clara and his love for Anke. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Junkyard See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Shotwed Film See more »
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Color
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Filmed in 1985, not released until 1988. See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Turkish I Spit on Your Grave (2013) See more »

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Gritty Scorcese-Like Character Study
5 June 2005 | by TestChimp49See all my reviews

Don't Mess With My Sister was a pleasant surprise. Those expecting the vicarious, somewhat questionable thrills of the director's I Spit On Your Grave will surely be disappointed, but those that appreciate a true auteur style will be amply rewarded. It's a shame that mostly brain-dead gorehound fans of Grave are the only ones that see this film. It's got style and mood, and the acting is great considering the low budget. To me it had the same feel of early Scorcese. I think the marketing of the film as some violent revenge drama is to blame. Don't let that put you off from seeing this film. Basically it's a wonderful character study and simple story of working class Italians in 70's New York. A couple of days in the life of an average Joe that go horribly wrong. Think After Hours or Mean Streets on a much smaller scale. I really liked the ambiguity of this film. It's no epic, but rather a nice little existential fragment of a movie.


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