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Spanking the Monkey

Spanking the Monkey

Director: David O. Russell

Country:  USA

Year of Production:  1994

Sundance Award

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Synopsis

One of America's most acclaimed contemporary screenwriters and directors, David O. Russell made his feature film debut in 1994 with the black comedy Spanking The Monkey, which won The Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and caused a stir with its incestuous subplot and portrayal of adolescent restlessness. The film also displays much of what has become Russell's trademark idiosyncratic, offbeat humour, later seen in Flirting With Disaster, the iconoclastic Three Kings and the existential comedy I Heart Huckabees, marking him as a special director with cult appeal.

Looking forward to a prestigious summer internship in Washington, D.C., pre-med college student Raymond (Saving Private Ryan's Jeremy Davies) has his dreams put on hold when he's forced to stay at home caring for his invalid mother (Alberta Watson, The Sweet Hereafter, TV's 24). Constantly harassed by his domineering, traveling salesman father, Raymond struggles to deal with his mother's bed-ridden anxieties and his first, stumbling attempts to romance the naive girl next door.

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Cast

Starring:  Jeremy Davies, Benjamin Hendrickson, Alberta Watson, Carla Gallo

Credits

Director: David O. Russell

Writer(s):  David O. Russell

Producers:  Dean Silvers

Production Details

Country:  USA

Year of Production:  1994

Language:  English

Duration:  95 minutes

Shooting gauge:  35mm

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DVD Release Date:  25th June 2007

Reviews

EMPIRE

"...black, black comedy... a movie that should not be allowed to disappear... funny and perceptive"

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EMPIRE

NME

"a startling, unforgettable debut"

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GEOFF ANDREW, TIME OUT

"wittily satirical and poignant, erotic and uncomfortable"

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GEOFF ANDREW, TIME OUT

DAILY TELEGRAPH

"funny, dark... sharp and endearing"

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DAILY TELEGRAPH

INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

"wonderfully sassy and frisky... David O. Russell's well-observed film finds humour and sensuality in strange places"

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INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

THE TIMES

"A quietly impressive and disturbing first feature... Russell's wry tone lets black humour flourish"

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THE TIMES

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