My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Frogs For Snakes


(out of 5)

Strange yet enjoyable film about a group of New York theatre actors who supplement their virtually non-existent artistic income by collecting money for a loan shark.   plays a member of the troupe who is looking to get out of her illegal sideline, but is convinced by her boss (), who is also her ex-husband, to do one last big job before retiring. The troupe is getting ready to perform Mamet’s American Buffalo and the fight for who gets the top roles is almost as dangerous as trying to get money out of unwilling debtors. What’s hilariously charming about this film is that in between scenes of catty actors and underworld intrigue, the odd monologue from an old film or play is thrown at you from unlikely sources:  is the most memorable for her delivery of Harry Lime’s “Cuckoo Clock” speech from The Third Man, though Hershey’s own opening with Shirley MacLaine’s monologue from The Apartment is exceptional as well. The film has limited appeal, but the performances are worth cherishing.

Shooting Gallery, Rain Film

USA, 1998

Directed by

Screenplay by Amos Poe

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by ,

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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