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American Perfekt (1997)

Criminal psychiatrist Jake Nyman is taking a much needed vacation from responsibility with an experimental road trip during which every decision will be made on a flip of a coin. Meanwhile ... See full summary »

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Paul Chart

Writer:

Paul Chart
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amanda Plummer ... Sandra
Robert Forster ... Jake
David Thewlis ... Santini
Fairuza Balk ... Alice
Paul Sorvino ... Frank
Joanna Gleason ... Shirley
Geoffrey Lewis ... Willy
Chris Sarandon ... Sammy
Jay Patterson ... Bernie
Judson Mills ... Junior
Rutanya Alda ... Gloria
Paul Henry Paul Henry ... Trucker #1
Belinda Balaski ... Rita
Jack Breschard Jack Breschard ... Trucker #2
Nathan Le Grand ... Freddie
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Storyline

Criminal psychiatrist Jake Nyman is taking a much needed vacation from responsibility with an experimental road trip during which every decision will be made on a flip of a coin. Meanwhile Sandra Thomas, disenchanted professional, is en route to pick up her flunked out sister, Alice, at a cheap motel before continuing on to visit their ailing mother. After being forced off the road by a mysterious assailant however, Sandra is picked up by Jake, whose coin flipping amoral attitude quickly excites her own desire to break a few rules. Or worse. Jake and Sandra's romance is soon driven by chance acts of crime and kindness, all governed by the flip of a coin - at least until Sandra mysteriously disappears and Jake unwittingly picks up her suspicious sister, Alice ... Written by Filmfan

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Taglines:

The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for grisly violence, strong sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1997 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

Américain impekable See more »

Filming Locations:

Pearblossom, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This reteams David Thewlis and Fairuza Balk after the notoriously troubled The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996). See more »

Goofs

The Sheriff's Department car changes from a Ford Taurus to a Chevrolet Caprice. When driving to Bernie's, the car pulling off the main road is a Ford Taurus. In the next shot, the car pulling up the driveway is a Chevrolet Caprice. At the Utah border, the car is a Chevrolet Caprice. When the Sheriff's car crashes at the end of the film, it is a Ford Taurus. See more »

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End credits run backwards See more »

Soundtracks

Vision (O euchari in leta via)
By Hildegard von Bingen
Arranged and Interpreted by Richard Souther
Courtesy of Angel Records
Under License From EMI - Capitol Music Special Markets
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A highly original idea, but a terrible film
22 December 1999 | by arySee all my reviews

Quality Rating:**(two stars) out of ***** American Perfekt is the kind of thriller that is going to be a cult appreciated for few. I rented this film because of Robert Forster, he had just been nominated by the Academy for Jackie Brown (in which he was great), and American Perfekt seemed to have an interesting plot, with elements of suspense, horror and drama. The film follows the story of a woman who is seeking for her problematic sister, and ends up getting involved with a seemingly normal guy, who actually turns out to be a psychopath (Forster). American Perfekt is a violent road-movie, with moments of unbearable brutality (like the scene in which Amanda Plummer's body is found) and special participations by David Thewlis, Paul Sorvino and Fairuza Balk, all of them playing (very) weird roles. Film director Paul Chart tried to balance drama and suspense, but he forgot that the film needed a more consistent and strong noir story. Forster is excellent as a gentile psychopath, he decides his luck with a coin, and is capable of make the most atrocious violence, unlike Fairuza Balk, who is clearly terrible as the "sister". American Perfekt is a B- horror flick, with some known names, and it will soon become a cult for few.I recommend Outside Ozona, that has a similar, but better, plot, and also counts with the great Robert Forster.


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