Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 2004. Big Teddy Films, Nazz Productions. Screenplay by Tony Piccirillo, based on his play. Cinematography by J. Alan Hostetter. Produced by Nick Stagliano. Music by Kevin Manthei. Production Design by Norman Dodge. Costume Design by Leonard Pollack. Film Editing by Aaron Mackof.
Do not be put off by the badly executed opening titles or low-budget trappings of set and production quality: Tony Piccirillo’s script, based on his own stage play, is some of the sharpest writing you’ll ever have the chance to see. Scott Speedman and James Marsden are both superb as two strangers who meet at a bar and go home to enjoy each other’s company further. What was meant to be a sexy good time turns into Death And the Maiden, however, when Speedman takes Marsden hostage and announces that they actually know each other from the past and they have a score to settle. From there proceeds a harrowing night of accusation, desperation and a few haunting confessionals as the two men each try to outdo the other in what turns out to be a grab for survival. The script is so good that its situations will ring in your ears for a long time afterwards, while the performances are more than just astute and intense; they actually reach the point of breaking your heart. Terrific stuff.