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Release Date: December 5th, 1990

DVD Release Date: June 30th, 1998

R|1 hr 53 min

Plot Summary
Hard-as-nails Lily Dillon (Anjelica Huston) works as a swindler for dangerous bookie Bobo (Pat Hingle), probably the only man she fears. Arriving in Los Angeles on "business," Lily looks up her son, Roy (John Cusack), a small-time con artist content with paltry sleight-of-hand cheats. Roy's girlfriend, Myra (Annette Bening), looks like an All-American type but is a grifter looking to pull off another big-time con. The convergence of the three hustlers inevitably means trouble for all of them.

Cast: John Cusack, Anjelica Huston, Annette Bening, Pat Hingle, J.T. Walsh, Charles Napier

Director: Stephen Frears

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Cineplex-Odeon Films

Distributors: Miramax Films

Keywords: 1990s, Los Angeles, Intense, Quest, Rivalry, Hospital, Revenge, Mother, Son

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Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1991)
Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Directing