On the gritty streets of LA, the destinies of four people desperate for connection and redemption are about to collide. Jessica Biel, Ray Liotta, Forest Whitaker and Eddie Redmayne lead a top-notch cast in this powerful thriller about an overwhelmed erotic dancer, a grieving husband who has lost his will to live, a terminally ill ex-con and a pathologically shy mortician. With Kris Kristofferson, Lisa Kudrow and Patrick Swayze in unforgettable supporting roles, this film movingly chronicles the imperfect lives of people teetering on the edge of despair and the miracles that bring them back.
Timothy Linh Bui
Timothy Linh Bui
Eleven Eleven Films
- Jessica Biel as Rose-Johnny
- Eddie Redmayne as Qwerty Doolittle
- Forest Whitaker as Charlie
- Ray Liotta as Jack Doheny
- Lisa Kudrow as Sally
The color blue is featured in almost every scene, even if it’s as small as the character’s eye color
Forest Whitaker is the only one of the four main characters to not have blue eyes. He is also the only one to never enter the strip club where Rose-Johnny works.
According to director Timothy Linh Bui, he cast Ray Liotta after meeting him in an Italian restaurant by pure coincidence. Even stranger was that Liotta was the only customer when Bui walked in.
The film was shot on location in Los Angeles.
Forest Whitaker was the first actor cast. He also served as a producer for the film.
When Rose-Johnny and Jack talk by telephone through the glass, their reflections are always visible when they aren’t in the shot. In The Silence of the Lambs (1991), this effect is also used between Starling and Hannibal Lector.
Patrick Swayze’s final feature film performance.
Jessica Biel got her stripper training at a Gentleman’s Club called 4Play in Los Angeles, CA.
The dog that was cast in this film was also cast in Jessica Biel’s Hole in the Paper Sky (2008).