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TRIGGER HAPPY

SYNOPSIS:
Vic (Dreyfuss) is getting out - of the loony bin. Heís coming back to take the reins of his criminal syndicate from his lieutenant, Ben London (Byrne), and re-take gorgeous Grace (Lane), his girl, who has been two timing with Mickey Holliday (Goldblum), Vicís right hand gun. A cool dude, who is also two timing, with Graceís fiery sister Rita (Barkin). Life in Vicís world is always in limbo - between life and death, between cocktails and cocked guns, for most of the characters. Vicís bar, The Rough House, is the centre of the action, where Vicís rivals think they can muscle in. Itís a sophisticated, scheming and dangerous world, with everyone trigger happy.

Review by Andrew L. Urban
Dreyfus describes Larry Bishopís sense of humour as eccentric; well, no wonder, the kid grew up around his father, Joey Bishop, and his pals of the Rat Pack - Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, Sammy Davis jnr. These guys were all eccentric. Sophisticated, quick on the lip - and hip. Larry Bishop has invented a world like that, except he added a whole lot of guns and gunplay, jokey and deadly at the same time. In a way, itís an adult comic strip sort of a movie, with characters way bigger than life, situations way smoother, and dialogue way more polished than the clunky phrases most crims use. It is indicative of the scriptís appeal that Bishop (who youíve never heard of before, nor had I) managed to sign up some of The Townís top players for this robust, roasted-nut of a movie. And they all act their tits off. I enjoyed it immensely, its unpredictability making it edgy, its humour making it shockingly funny. Goldblum turns up a new persona here, so does Barkin, and Dreyfuss is deliciously deadly as a nasty sonofabitch.

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TRIGGER HAPPY
(US)

CAST: Ellen Barkin, Gabriel Byrne, Richard Dreyfuss, Jeff Goldblum, Dianne Lane, Kyle Maclachlan, Burt Reynolds, Henry Silva - with cameos by Paul Anka, Richard Pryor, Rob Reiner

DIRECTOR: Larry Bishop

PRODUCER: Judith Rutherford James

SCRIPT: Larry Bishop

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Frank Byers

EDITOR: Norman Hollyn

MUSIC: Earl Rose

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Dina Lipton

RUNNING TIME: 93 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: New Vision

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: April 17, 1997

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