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Underneath (1995)

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Release Date
• USA: Apr 28, 1995
DVD Release Date
• R1: Nov 17, 1998

Budget $6,500,000

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Running Time
1 hour, 39 minutes

Country USA

Studio Gramercy Pictures, Populist

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• Underneath
• The Underneath (1995)

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Genre: Crime, Drama, Thieves, Love, Suspense, Murder, Capers, Femme Fatale, Investigation, Betrayal

Tagline: For passion, betrayal and murder... there's still no place like home.

Plot: With this cerebral remake of the 1949 film noir gem CRISS CROSS, director Steven Soderbergh has renounced melodrama and suspense to instead create an art film with the emotional weight of Greek tragedy. The film weaves three time frames together to tell its story. In the present, Michael Chambers (Peter Gallagher) returns to Austin, Texas, for his mother’s wedding. In the past, he flees town to escape an outrageous gambling debt, ditching his girlfriend, Rachel (Alison Elliott), in the process. And in the future, when Rachel’s new boyfriend, Tommy (William Fichtner), a dangerous club owner, catches them having an affair, Michael comes up with a plan for Tommy to rob the armored car he drives. Soderbergh handles his material so deftly that the viewer is left to question whether it is fate or personal responsibility that drove the characters to their ends. Cinematographer Elliot Davis shoots each section with a distinct look in order to further distinguish the film’s three chapters, giving the film a visual aesthetic that is overtly stylish and moody. As the flighty Michael, Gallagher is an attractive--and surprisingly comical--presence. His interactions with the rest of the cast (most notably, Elliott) are at turns hysterical, dramatic, and suspenseful.

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 Directed by
Steven Soderbergh
Traffic, Ocean's Twelve, Erin Brockovich
 Written by
Steven Soderbergh
Ocean's Eleven, Traffic, Ocean's Twelve
Don Tracy
Criss Cross
Peter Gallagher
American Beauty, The Player, While You Were Sleeping
Alison Elliott
Birth, The Wings of the Dove, The Spitfire Grill
William Fichtner
Armageddon, Crash, Heat
Elisabeth Shue
Back to the Future Part II, Back to the Future Part III, Hollow Man
Richard Linklater
Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, Spy Kids, Slacker
Adam Trese
40 Days and 40 Nights, Polish Wedding, Palookaville
Joe Don Baker
GoldenEye, Cape Fear, Tomorrow Never Dies
 Music By
Cliff Martinez
Traffic, Solaris, The Limey

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