The Vicious Circle (1958)

The Vicious Circle
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 1hr 24mins.
Genres Mystery
Keywords N/A
Status Released
US Release Date
  
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  • Spent Review
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    He gambles away his life and money on football. She's drinking herself to death. His roommate is a repressed gay guy. Isn't it great to be 25? StoryMax (Jason London) and Brigette (Charlie Spradling) have a bet. She thinks he can't go one month without betting; he thinks she can't lay off the bottle for that long. And they’re both right, in this darkly funny love story of self-destructive yet likeable young adults trying to wend their way out of a vicious circle. ActingLondon ("Dazed & Confused," "The Rage: Carrie 2") and Spradling are real-life husband and wife, and their onscreen chemistry probably owes much to that fact; ditto for their love scene, which is far more intimate and eye-rousing than anything Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman did in "Eyes Wide Shut." There's a good supporting cast, too, including Margaret Cho, who manages not to ruin any of the scenes she's in. DirectionGil Cates Jr., cousin of actress Phoebe Cates, has created sort of an updated, younger-set version of "Barfly" (minus the cartoony Bukowski caricature) for his feature-film debut. Let's face it, this kind of subject matter often spells box office suicide, but since this is a low-budget, independent-minded affair, Cates doesn't have to stick to standard conventions such as happy endings and the easy way out. "Spent" isn't always comfortable to watch, but it's encouraging to see the characters come to terms with their own (and each other's) flaws. The Bottom LineIt ain't always pretty, but neither is life. And for a movie shot in 18 days, it's time well spent. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------Starring Jason London, Charlie Spradling, Phill Lewis, James Parks, Rain Phoenix and Margaret Cho. Written and directed by Gil Cates Jr. Produced by Rana Joy Glickman. Released by Regent Entertainment.

Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
John Mills Actor Dr Howard Latimer 1 1000001
Noelle Middleton Actor Laura James 1 1000002
Derek Farr Actor Ken Palmer 1 1000003
Roland Culver Actor Detective Inspector Dane 1 1000004
Wilfrid Hyde-White Actor Robert Brady 1 1000005
Mervyn Johns Actor Dr Kimber 1 1000006
Lionel Jeffries Actor Geoffrey Windsor 1 1000007
Rene Ray Actor Mrs Ambler 1 1000008
Diana Lambert Actor Nurse Kay 1 1000009
Lisa Daniely Actor Freida Veldon 1 1000010
David Williams Actor Sergeant Lewis 1 1000011
John Gordon Actor Surgeon 1 1000012
Gerald Thomas Director n/a 2 2000001
Peter Rogers Producer n/a 3 3000001
Francis Durbridge Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Otto Heller Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Peter Boita Editor n/a 172 7000001
Stanley Black Music n/a 120781 8000001
Stanley Black Music Conductor n/a 120818 8000002
Jack Stephens Art Director art direction 183 9000001
Len Page Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Francis Durbridge Other from television series("The Brass Candlestick") 120795 26000001
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