Director: Gary Ellis Writers: Todd King & Bill Boatman Producers:
Carole Curb Nemoy, Mike Curb, Ram Bergman, Dana Lustig, Brian Etting, Josh Etting Cast: Armand Assante, Norman Reedus, Dagmara Dominczyk Genre: Thriller Year: 2003
A tense and intricate web of deceit and betrayal entangles Archie (Norman Reedus), a wandering grifter who is hired by a traveling carnival owner (Armand Assante) to murder his beautiful wife, Divana (Dagmara Dominczyk), only to be seduced into acting as her accomplice. He tries to fake the murder and collect his payment, but is double-crossed and framed for the crime. On the run, and believing Divana dead, he chances upon her in New Orleans where he discovers the fake murder was just a diversion for her and the carney owner to steal a quarter of a million dollars in laundered casino money. In a seductive play for trust fueled by passion, Divana convinces Archie to take part in a new plot to steal the casino money and start a new life. In a twisted finale he discovers the true meaning of double-cross in a deadly collision of money and revenge.
The film has wrapped principal photography in Alabama and is now in post-production. TOUGH LUCK will premiere at Cannes 2003.
Festivals in 2003:
Oldenburg Film Festival
Milano International Film Festival
Blockbuster Exclusive in the US, UK, and Canada