Directed by Alexandre Rockwell • 1992 • United States
Starring Steve Buscemi, Seymour Cassel, Jennifer Beals
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival, Alexandre Rockwell’s offbeat gem is a wryly affectionate snapshot of New York’s early-nineties indie scene built around an irresistible performance from Seymour Cassel. Broke and desperate Adolpho Rollo (Steve Buscemi) is a wannabe filmmaker in love with the mysterious woman next door (Jennifer Beals) who barely knows he exists. When he puts out an ad offering to sell his “fabulous” movie script for $500, he gets a response from Joe (Cassel), a semiconnected wiseguy, who promises to raise the $250,000 to make the picture. Under the influence of the warmhearted but unpredictable Joe, Adolpho’s life becomes totally unglued—and his movie dreams begin to seem farther away than ever.