The Truth About Charlie
The Truth About Charlie is a 2002 American-French film. It is a remake of Charade and an homage to François Truffaut's Shoot the Piano Player complete with the French film's star, Charles Aznavour, making two appearances singing his song "Quand tu m'aimes"; the film was produced, directed and co-written by Jonathan Demme, stars Mark Wahlberg and Thandie Newton in the roles once played by Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn in Charade. This version mirrors the plotline of the original film, it features several famous French actors. Director Agnès Varda made a cameo appearance. Actress/Chanteuse Anna Karina sings a Serge Gainsbourg song in one scene. Peter Stone, screenwriter of Charade, receives a story credit as "Peter Joshua,", one of the identities Grant's character used in the first film. Stone refused to be credited under his real name; the name of Wahlberg's character in the remake is "Joshua Peters." The film received a poor reception from critics and was a flop at the box office, bringing only $7 million worldwide.
The original Charade accidentally slipped into the public domain. Universal had never bothered to release it on DVD, until it was included as a bonus feature on the B-side of the Charlie DVD, they licensed it to The Criterion Collection, while numerous unofficial DVDs had been released worldwide. British newlywed Regina Lambert lives in Paris with Charlie, she returns home following a short vacation, determined to divorce Charlie, only to discover their apartment has been stripped bare and that her husband has been murdered. Regina is soon reunited with a mysterious stranger, he helps her piece together the truth about the deceased Charlie and deal with three menacing people who are now following her. The Truth About Charlie received negative reviews from critics, holding a 33% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 127 reviews; the Truth About Charlie on IMDb The Truth About Charlie at AllMovie The Truth About Charlie at Rotten Tomatoes The Truth About Charlie at Box Office Mojo Official Web Site
Rockville Centre, New York
Rockville Centre is an incorporated village located in Nassau County, New York, in the United States. At the time of the 2010 census, the village had a total population of 24,023, it is in the southwestern section of the Town of Hempstead. Rockville Centre has been occupied by humans for thousands of years. Speaking, the people of the prehistoric Woodlands period East River culture are believed to have been the Algonkian-speaking ancestors of the historical Indian tribes of western Long Island; the historical territory of their Lenape descendants, the Canarsie, Recouwacky and Massapequa, included present-day western Long Island's Queens and Nassau Counties. By the year 1643, there were thirteen Algonquin bands living east of the Dutch-English settlements: the four or so Lenape chieftaincies in western Long Island, Metoac descendants of the prehistoric Woodlands period Windsor culture living on eastern Long Island, considered by some to be branches of the Pequot: Merrick, Secatoag, Patchoag, Corchaug, Shinnecock and Montaukett.
Imported diseases had decimated the natives in 16th century. While disease was still a major factor during the decades of the 17th century, native mortality in western Long Island due to disease was similar to that of the settlers. Most Lenape were pushed out of their homeland by expanding European colonies, their dire situation was exacerbated by losses from intertribal conflicts. The Reckouakie tribe had left their original land in present-day Rockaway and its surroundings in Queens County to Dutch Governor Kieft in 1640 because he wanted it for better defense of New Netherlands. Most settled to the east in what was to become Rockville Centre on the traditional land of the Matinecock, with whom they had ties of kinship. Dutch and English settlers declared the 1639 treaty meant no Indians would remain in western Long Island, in contrast to the exact terms of the treaty which meant the Native Americans were willing to share the usufruct of unoccupied land, with the Dutch leadership having eminent domain superior to their sachem's eminent domain.
This led to many conflicts four years of open warfare. The Reckonhacky / Rockaway were party to a peace treaty dated 24 May 1645 following the devastation of Indian communities by Dutch soldiers. Violent expropriation dislocated them with the arrival of additional English settlers; the hamlet was named "Rockville Centre" in 1849, after local Methodist preacher and community leader Mordecai "Rock" Smith. It was incorporated as a village in 1893. Rockville Centre emerged in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century as a commuter community connected to New York by the Long Island Rail Road. In 1915, the New York Tribune went so far as to declare that Rockville Centre was a place in which "the average mortal could live happily."Like many Long Island communities at the time, Rockville Centre's population included a considerable number of supporters of the Ku Klux Klan during the 1920s. When the white supremacist organization placed a wreath at the town's memorial to its war dead in 1923, the American Legion removed it in protest, but the city police received so many calls of complaint in response that they were forced to replace the wreath.
In the late 1960s, the village of Rockville Centre received a stinging rebuke for its failure to maintain public housing units inhabited by African-Americans. A report from Nassau County's Human Rights Commission stated Rockville Centre was "at best indifferent to, if not in favor of, Negro removal." Martin Luther King Jr. visited Rockville Centre in 1968, where he addressed a large audience at South Side Junior High School on 26 March 1968. The Rockville Centre Post Office was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. At the time of the census of 2000, there were 24,568 people residing in the village, 9,201 households and 6,468 families; the population density is 7,496.5 people per square mile. There are 9,419 housing units at an average density of 2,874.0 per square mile. The racial makeup of the village is 84.3% White, 9.8% African American, 7.8% Hispanic or Latino of any race, 1.5% Asian, 0.08% Native American, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 3.0% from other races, 1.03% from two or more races.
There are 9,201 households, of which 33.9% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.1% are married couples living together, 9.0% have a female householder with no husband present, 29.7% are non-families. 26.9% of all households are made up of individuals and 13.7% have someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.64 and the average family size is 3.25. The population is spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, 16.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 40 years. For every 100 women there are 87.9 men. For every 100 women age 18 and over, there are 81.9 men. According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the village is $99,299, the median income for a family is $128,579. Males have a median income of $70,149 versus $43,800 for females; the per capita income for the village is $40,739. 5.0% of the population and 2.8% of families are below the poverty line.
Out of the total population, 7.0% of those under the age of 18 and 5.7% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line. At the time of the census of 2010, there were 24,111 people residing in the village, 9,201 households and 6,468 families; the population d
Blow is a 2001 American biographical crime film about American cocaine smuggler George Jung, directed by Ted Demme. David McKenna and Nick Cassavetes adapted Bruce Porter's 1993 book Blow: How a Small Town Boy Made $100 Million with the Medellín Cocaine Cartel and Lost It All for the screenplay, it is based on the real-life stories of George Jung, Pablo Escobar, Carlos Lehder Rivas, the Medellín Cartel. The film's title comes from a slang term for cocaine. Blow was the final theatrical film directed by Demme to be released in his lifetime. A young George Jung and his parents Fred and Ermine live in Massachusetts; when George is ten years old, Fred files for bankruptcy, but tries to make George realize that money is not important. As an adult, George moves to Los Angeles with his friend "Tuna". With Derek's help and Tuna make a lot of money. Kevin Dulli, a college student back in Boston, visits them and tells them of the demand for marijuana in Boston, they start selling marijuana in Boston, buying marijuana directly from Mexico with the help of Santiago Sanchez, a Mexican drug lord.
Two years George is caught in Chicago trying to import 660 pounds of marijuana and is sentenced to two years. After unsuccessfully trying to plead his innocence, George skips bail to take care of Barbara, who dies from cancer, her death marks the disbanding of the group of friends. While hiding from the authorities, George visits his parents. George's mother calls the police. George is sentenced to 26 months in a federal prison in Connecticut, his cellmate Diego Delgado has contacts in the Medellín cocaine cartel and convinces George to help him go into business. Upon his release from prison, George violates his parole conditions and heads down to Cartagena, Colombia, to meet with Diego, they meet with cartel officer Cesar Rosa to negotiate the terms for smuggling 15 kilograms to establish "good faith". As the smuggling operation grows, Diego gets leaving George to find a way to sell 50 kg. George reconnects with Derek in California, the two sell all the cocaine. George goes to Medellín, where he meets Pablo Escobar, who agrees to go into business with them.
With the help of Derek, the pair become Escobar's top U. S. importer. At Diego's wedding, George meets Cesar's fiancée Mirtha and marries her. However, Diego resents George for keeping Derek's identity secret and pressures George to reveal his connection. George discovers that Diego has betrayed him by cutting him out of the connection with Derek. Inspired by the birth of his daughter and a drug-related heart attack, George severs his relationship with the cartel. All goes well with George's newfound civilian life for five years, until Mirtha organizes a 38th birthday party for him. Many of his former drug associates attend, including Derek, who reveals that Diego cut him out as well; the FBI and DEA arrest George. George becomes a fugitive, his bank account—heretofore under Manuel Noriega's protection in Panama—is seized by Noriega. One night, he and Mirtha get into a fight while driving, they are pulled over by police and Mirtha tells them Jung is a fugitive and has stashed a kilogram of cocaine in his trunk.
He is sent to jail for three years, Mirtha divorces him, takes custody of their nine-year-old daughter, Kristina "Sunshine" Jung. Upon his release, George struggles to maintain his relationship with his daughter. George promises Kristina a vacation in California and seeks one last deal to garner enough money for the trip. George completes a deal with former accomplices but learns too late that the deal had been set up by the FBI and DEA, with Dulli and Derek having leaked the nature and location of the action in exchange for pardons for their involvement in his prior action. George is sentenced to 60 years at Otisville Correctional Facility in upstate New York, he explains in the end that neither the sentence nor the betrayal bothered him, but that he can never forgive himself for having to break a promise to his daughter. While in prison, George requests a furlough to see Fred, his mother denies the request. George records a final message to his father, recounting his memories of working with his father, his run-ins with the law, too late, his understanding of what Fred meant when he said that money is not "real".
An old man in prison, George imagines that his daughter comes to visit him. She fades away as a guard calls for George; the film concludes with notes indicating that Jung's sentence will not expire until 2015, that his daughter has yet to visit him. Johnny Depp as George Jung Jesse James as Young George Penélope Cruz as Mirtha Jung Franka Potente as Barbara "Barbie" Buckley Rachel Griffiths as Ermine Jung Paul Reubens as Derek Foreal Jordi Molla as Diego Delgado Cliff Curtis as Pablo Escobar Max Perlich as Kevin Dulli Miguel Sandoval as Augusto Oliveras Ethan Suplee as "Tuna" Alan James Morgan as Young "Tuna" Ray Liotta as Frederick "Fred" Jung Kevin Gage as Leon Minghella Tony Amendola as Santiago Sanchez Bobcat Goldthwait as Mr. T Michael Tucci as Dr. Bay Monet Mazur as Maria Lola Glaudini as Rada Jennifer Gimenez as Inez Emma Roberts as Kristina Sunshine Jung Jaime King as Older Kristina Blow's soundtrack is a compilation of songs and artists from the 1970s. Graeme Revell composed the original score for the film.
However, his work was not released in the soundtrack CD. For example, the music in the scene where George and Mirtha have sex, a track titled "Little Ditty"
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is a historic hotel located at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles, California. It opened on May 15, 1927, is the oldest continually operating hotel in Los Angeles; the hotel was built in 1926, in what is known as the Golden Era of Los Angeles architecture, was named after the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. It was financed by a group that included Louis B. Mayer, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and Sid Grauman, it cost $2.5 million to complete and opened on May 15, 1927. The hotel went into a decline in the 1950s. An owner around that time demolished its archways, covered up its elaborately painted ceilings and painted the entire hotel seafoam green. Radisson Hotels purchased the hotel in 1985 and, using original blueprints and historic photos of the hotel's Spanish Colonial architecture, undertook a $35 million renovation, restoring the lobby's coffered ceiling and adding a three-tiered fountain, among other improvements.
The million-dollar mural at the bottom of the hotel's Tropicana Pool was painted by David Hockney in 1987. On August 13, 1991, the City of Los Angeles declared the hotel building Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #545. In 1995, the hotel was purchased from Clarion Hotels by Goodwin Gaw, with David Chang becoming co-owner. In 2005, the hotel's management was taken over by the Thompson Hotel Group. A $30 million renovation of the hotel was embarked upon in 2005, led by the Dodd Mitchell Design Group, David Siguaw. Since 2015, the hotel has been run independently by its own management company. In 2015, the hotel completed a $25 million renovation with rooms designed by Yabu Pushelberg, plans for a new poolside food and beverage outlet; the 12-story hotel has 63 suites. It sits across the street from the TCL Chinese Theatre; the building has a Spanish Colonial Revival Style interior, with leather sofas, wrought-iron chandeliers and colorful tiled fountains. The Gable-Lombard penthouse, a 3,200 square-foot duplex with an outdoor deck with views of the Hollywood Hills and the Hollywood sign, is named for Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, who used to stay in the room for five dollars a night.
The Marilyn Monroe suite is named for the actress, who lived at the hotel for two years early in her career. Other accommodations include vintage 1950s poolside cabanas; the hotel has a total of eight restaurant and lounges. 25 Degrees is a 24-hour hamburger restaurant located just off the hotel lobby. It was opened in 2005. Public Kitchen & Bar features American food in an Old Hollywood-style dining room. Tim Goodell is the head chef of both restaurants; the Spare Room is a gaming cocktail lounge. Beacher's Madhouse is a vaudeville-inspired theater operated by Jeff Beacher. Teddy's, a nightclub located right off the lobby, was considered, it opened in 2005, was remodeled in 2012 and closed in 2015. The first Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on May 16, 1929, inside the Blossom Ballroom. A private ceremony open only to Academy members, it was hosted by Academy president Douglas Fairbanks and held three months after the winners were announced, with 270 people in attendance.
At the time, the "Oscar" nickname for the award had not yet been invented. Facing heavy debt in 1986, five-time Academy Award winner Lyle Wheeler sold off boxes of his possessions, including his five Oscars, his award for art direction for The Diary of Anne Frank was auctioned off for $21,250 to William Kaiser. Kaiser returned the award to Wheeler at a ceremony held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in 1989; the hotel has hosted the Golden Raspberry Awards, the ceremony recognizing the year’s worst in film, on numerous occasions. The pool at the Roosevelt Hotel was featured in a 1955 episode of I Love Lucy when the Ricardos and Mertzes came to Hollywood. Several scenes from the 1988 film Sunset, starring Bruce Willis and James Garner, were filmed at the hotel, including a recreation of the 1929 Academy Awards ceremony; the scene of the 1989 film The Fabulous Baker Boys where Susie sings "Makin' Whoopie" while Jack plays piano was shot at the Cinegrill nightclub in the hotel. The hotel's hallway can be seen in episode 7 of the 2016 FX true crime anthology television series The People v. O.
J. Simpson: American Crime Story, as a substitute for an Oakland hotel where Christopher Darden and Marcia Clark spend the night. Other films shot on location at the hotel include Internal Affairs, Beverly Hills Cop II and Catch Me If You Can. Other television shows shot at the hotel include Knots Landing and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Prince performed five shows at the hotel in 2007, which included dinner with his personal chef, a two-hour performance and a post-set jazz jam. Marilyn Monroe lived at the hotel for two years early in her career, posed for her first commercial photography shoot by the pool, she and Arthur Miller were said to have met at the hotel's Cinegrill nightclub. Montgomery Clift stayed at the hotel for three months in 1952 during the filming of From Here to Eternity. Frances Farmer was honored at a party there in 1958, the night she appeared on Ralph Edwards' This Is Your Life. Errol Flynn is rumored to have created his recipe for bootleg gin in a tub in the hotel's barbershop.
Shirley Temple learned to do her famous stairstep dance routine on the hotel stairs. Astrologer and writer Linda Goodman wr
Monument Ave. (film)
Monument Ave. titled Snitch in the United States and titled Noose in Australia, is a 1998 American crime comedy-drama film directed by Ted Demme and starring Denis Leary. The film stars Famke Janssen, Martin Sheen, Ian Hart, Lenny Clarke. Cam Neely makes a brief appearance as a man returning home from work who finds his house has been broken into; the film takes place in Charlestown and centers on small-time criminal Bobby O'Grady, who becomes conflicted due to Charlestown's code of silence when his loyalty and drive for self-preservation are tested after two of his close family members are gunned down by their boss. Bobby mentors his young cousin, into a life of drugs and crime soon after Seamus emigrates from Dublin, Ireland. Bright, but notably naive, Seamus finds himself unable to get used to the spontaneous dangers and recklessness of his new life in America. After two traumatic incidents, including committing a hate crime on an African American youth who had crossed the racial boundary around Charlestown in the 1990s, Seamus is afraid of further involving himself with Bobby and Bobby's circle of criminal friends.
Seamus tells Bobby he wants to return Dublin, the two argue after Seamus blames Bobby for dragging him into a dangerous and "damaging" lifestyle he never wanted. Seamus is killed soon afterward when crime boss, Jackie O'Hara, mistakenly believes Seamus told police about O'Hara's criminal operations and an earlier hit, ordered against Bobby and Seamus' cousin Teddy – who had made a deal with police in order to reduce a sentence he'd been serving. Denis Leary... Bobby O'Grady Colm Meaney... Jackie O'Hara Famke Janssen... Katy O'Connor Martin Sheen... Hanlon Billy Crudup... Teddy Ian Hart... Mouse Lyndon Byers... Fitzie Jason Barry... Seamus John Diehl... Digger Greg Dulli... Shang Jeanne Tripplehorn... Annie Monument Ave. on IMDb Monument Ave. at Rotten Tomatoes
Beautiful Girls (film)
Beautiful Girls is a 1996 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Ted Demme from a screenplay written by Scott Rosenberg, starring Matt Dillon, Lauren Holly, Timothy Hutton, Rosie O'Donnell, Martha Plimpton, Natalie Portman, Michael Rapaport, Mira Sorvino and Uma Thurman. Willie Conway goes home for his high school class reunion in Massachusetts, he can not decide if he should marry his girlfriend. He can not decide if he should take a job as a salesman. Over the course of the film, he spends time with his old friends. By the end, they all discover. Timothy Hutton as Willie Conway, the only one of the group to move away to New York City, working as a semi-successful pianist; the good guy in the group, his home life is somewhat fractured. His mother is deceased and his father is withdrawn, he has a juvenile younger brother, Bobby. Matt Dillon as Tommy "Birdman" Rowland, head snow plower and former high school football star. Tommy seems to be ashamed. Known as the tough one of his group. Tommy seems not to have let go of his youth, is still having an affair with Darian Smalls, an old high school flame.
This puts a considerable strain on his relationship with Sharon. Noah Emmerich as Michael "Mo" Morris, a factory manager by profession. Unlike his friends, humble Mo has settled down with a family, but still does have a temper when provoked. Admires Willie for how far he has traveled in his life. Max Perlich as Kev, snow plower and Tommy's co-worker. Kev is cast as kind of a pathetic little guy. He's not quite a dork or a geek but would not be considered popular; however he is the most loyal of friends despite being a bit on the outer fringe of the circle. The wisecracking Kev has to reluctantly look the other way when Darian enters the picture, well aware of Tommy's relationship with her of which he does not approve. Michael Rapaport as Paul Kirkwood, snow plower, obsessed with centerfold models. Paul can not let go of his old relationship with a waitress. A crass guy who cannot resist tormenting his ex-girlfriend by plowing snow into her garage door. Pruitt Taylor Vince as Stanley "Stinky" Womack, the hardworking and humble proprietor/bartender of a local bar that he purchased and renovated.
A good guy who knows the limits of right and wrong. Annabeth Gish as Tracy Stover, Willie's long-term girlfriend, a beautiful attorney who might be Willie's future spouse. Lauren Holly as Darian Smalls, Tommy's old love interest from high school, unhappily married with one daughter. Darian can not resist Tommy. Rosie O'Donnell as Gina Barrisano and hair stylist of the women. A fast-talker who spouts pearls of wisdom in a heavy New York accent. Martha Plimpton as Jan, Paul's on-again-off-again girlfriend, vegetarian and dating a meat-cutter; this irritates Paul to no end. Natalie Portman as Marty, who describes her thirteen-year-old self as "an old soul." She is the Conway family's neighbor, who has eyes for Willie and wishes that he will wait until she turns 18 so that they can "walk through this world together", though she understands when he explains how she will outgrow her attraction to him, much as Christopher Robin outgrew Winnie the Pooh. Mira Sorvino as Sharon Cassidy, Tommy's current girlfriend, who tries her best to make Tommy happy despite Darian's intrusive presence.
Uma Thurman as Andera, Stinky's cousin from Chicago. Attractive and wise. Aids Paul in making his ex jealous. A girl from the big city, able to appreciate the pace of a small town, she is everything. She helps Willie find a little more direction in life. Anne Bobby as Sarah Morris, Mo's wife and high school sweetheart, mother of two children, she is a bit passive aggressive. She is kind of the third wheel of her group. Richard Bright as Dick Conway, Willie's father. David Arquette as Bobby Conway, Willie's brother. Sam Robards as Darian's husband. John Carroll Lynch as Frank Womack, Stinky's bartenderThe band The Afghan Whigs has a cameo appearance in the film. Greg Dulli, the band's lead singer, was close friends with Ted Demme. Screenwriter Scott Rosenberg was living in Needham, waiting to see if Disney would use his script for Con Air, he said in an interview, "It was the worst winter in this small hometown. Snow plows were coming by, I was just tired of writing these movies with people getting shot and killed.
So I said,'There is more action going on in my hometown with my friends dealing with the fact that they cannot deal with turning 30 or with commitment'—all that became Beautiful Girls."Originally, James L. Brooks was interested in directing the film, according to actress Leslie Mann, who auditioned for a role but was not cast. Ted Demme had the entire cast come to Minneapolis and live together for two to three weeks so that they could bond. Filming took place in the Twin Cities Metro Area communities of Edina, Marine-on-St. Croix and Stillwater, with Demme wanting to make sure that the setting was a character unto itself, he "wanted to make it look like it's Anytown USA East Coast. And I wanted it to feel like a real working class town". To this end, Demme drew inspiration from Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter. "The first third of the film is an amazing buddy movie with those five actors. You could tell they were best friends, bu
The Ref is a 1994 American black comedy film directed by Ted Demme, starring Denis Leary, Judy Davis and Kevin Spacey. In a charming Connecticut village and Caroline Chasseur are in marriage counseling on Christmas Eve. Caroline has had an affair, Lloyd is miserable and blames the problems with their 14-year-old son, Jesse, on his wife; the marriage counselor Dr. Wong, tries to get them to open up, behaving professionally, he refuses to intercede on either side. Meanwhile, a criminal named Gus is in the midst of stealing jewelry from a safe in a home he has broken into. Only after he is bitten on the leg by a guard dog is Gus able to escape the house, but his getaway car, driven by his bumbling, alcoholic partner Murray, is no longer there, he runs into Lloyd and Caroline. Holding a gun on them, Gus orders the couple to drive him to their house. Along the way Caroline and Lloyd continue to argue, with Gus beginning to act as a referee and telling them to shut up. Police set up roadblocks and a reward is posted for Gus.
At the house and Caroline continue to argue. A neighbor dressed as Santa stops by, bringing a fruitcake, two inept police officers go door-to-door looking for Gus. Knowing full well that Murray will seek refuge at a seedy bar, Gus calls the bar and describes Murray to the bartender, he tells Murray to steal a boat for their getaway. Jesse discovers his parents tied up. Jesse is unhappy, forced to attend military school, has been blackmailing a commanding officer there named Siskel with photographs of an affair, he prefers Gus to his parents. Lloyd’s family is en route for the holidays, it includes his brother Gary, sister-in-law Connie, their two children Mary and John, Lloyd’s mother Rose, wealthy and bullies everyone in the family. Gus pretends to be Lloyd’s and Caroline’s marriage counselor, Dr. Wong, since he can't hold everyone hostage. Jesse is gagged upstairs in his parents' closet. Caroline and Lloyd are unable to stop fighting, Caroline demands a divorce. Gus' pointed comments goad Lloyd to find the guts to stand up to his wife and his mother.
Everyone finds out who Gus is after Rose attempts to go upstairs. Siskel turns up to reveal. Jesse is discovered with his hidden money; the neighbor dressed as Santa returns drunk, wondering why he never gets a gift in return. He spots the clumsily lunges at Gus, who knocks him out; the state police arrive and Lloyd, having a change of heart decides he can't'spend his life sending everyone he cares about to prison' and tells Jesse to take Gus to the docks using a path through the woods. Gus makes it safely to the boat, he escapes, arguing with Murray much the same way he argued all night with Lloyd. Back at home, the couple's bickering drives away the police. Having aired out their differences throughout the evening with their armed robber's assistance, they make up and decide to stay together and kiss, their reconciliation is interrupted when John informs them that "grandma Rose is eating through her gag." Denis Leary - Gus Judy Davis - Caroline Kevin Spacey - Lloyd Robert J. Steinmiller Jr. - Jesse Glynis Johns - Rose Raymond J. Barry - Lt. Huff Richard Bright - Murray Christine Baranski - Connie Adam LeFevre - Gary Phillip Nicoll - John Ellie Raab - Mary Bill Raymond - George John Scurti - Lt. Steve Milford Jim Turner - Phil Ron Gabriel - Limo Driver Edward Saxon - Mike Michaels Kenneth Utt - Jeremiah Willard Robert Ridgely - Bob Burley J. K. Simmons - Siskel B. D. Wong - Marriage Counselor Dr. Wong Richard LaGravenese co-wrote the film with his sister-in-law Marie Weiss.
It was inspired by their families. For example, the dinner scene: "Both Marie and I are Italian Catholics who married into Jewish families, so we do have those big holiday dinners," LaGravenese said. Weiss began writing the script in 1989 after she and her husband moved from New York to California. Inspiration came from an argument she had with him and she thought, "Wouldn't it be great if there were a third party to step in and referee?" She wrote several drafts and consulted with LaGravenese in 1991 and they took it to Disney. The studio approved the project within 20 minutes. LaGravenese spent a year revising the script until he got "tired of doing rewrites for executives."After Ted Demme directed comedian Denis Leary in No Cure for Cancer, a stand-up comedy special for Showtime, they got the script for The Ref and decided to do it. The studio cast Leary based on the sarcastic funny man persona he cultivated in MTV spots that Demme directed, their involvement motivated LaGravenese to come back to the project.
Executive producer Don Simpson described the overall tone of The Ref as "sarcastic. Just my nature."After test audiences responded poorly to the film's original ending—Gus turns himself in to show Jesse that a life of crime leads nowhere quickly—a new ending was shot in January 1994. The Ref did not perform as well at the box office as Leary would have liked and he blamed the studio's method of marketing it: "They did me like the MTV guy, and they shortchanged what the movie was all about." The film grossed a total of only $11,439,193 at the domestic box office, after coming in at #4 opening weekend behind Guarding Tess, Lightning