The Underneath

Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Starring Peter Gallagher

Universal Studios Home Video | January 6, 2004 | DVD

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Talented director Steven Soderbergh delivers an intriguing noir remake of 1949’s Criss Cross.  Peter Gallagher stars in The Underneath as a terminal loser named Michael, who returns home for the first time in many years after leaving his girlfriend Rachel (Allison Elliot) with his sizable gambling debt. There’s friction between them, to be sure… but there’s also still an undeniable spark. Their growing attraction catches the jealous eye of Rachel’s jealous gangster boyfriend Tommy (William Fichtner) and Michael tries to allay his suspicions by letting him in on an armored truck heist. Inevitably, things spin out of control. This film runs on great acting and complex characterizations, making it a cerebral addition to the noir thriller genre.

Video Release: January 6, 2004

Theatrical Release: 1994

Runtime: 100

Rating: R (MPAA)

Studio: Universal Studios Home Video

UPC: 025192044526

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The Underneath

Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Starring Peter Gallagher

Video Release: January 6, 2004

Theatrical Release: 1994

Runtime: 100

Rating: R (MPAA)

Studio: Universal Studios Home Video

UPC: 025192044526


Edition Description
  • Stereo
  • Closed Captioned
  • Color
  • Runtime: 100 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Wide Screen
  • Originally in English
  • Released in English

Synopsis

In this cerebral remake of the 1949 film noir gem "Criss Cross," director Steven Soderbergh has renounced melodrama and suspense to create instead an art film with the emotional weight of Greek tragedy. The film weaves three time frames together: in the present, Michael Chambers returns to Austin, Texas to track down an old flame; in the past, he leaves town to escape some gambling debts; and in the future, he teams up with his old flame's new beau to rob a bank. Soderbergh handles the material so deftly that the viewer is left to question whether it is fate or personal responsibility that drove the characters to their ends.

Description

A charming drifter returns to his hometown and launches a scheme to pull off an armored car heist and rekindle his passion for his ex-wife, who's engaged to a mob-connected nightclub owner. An updated version of the 1948 Burt Lancaster film, "Criss Cross," based on the novel by Don Tracy.

Notes

Produced by Populist Pictures, Inc. Shot on location in Austin, Texas. Released theatrically in New York City and Los Angeles April 7, 1995. Additional credits: Robin Brown, Christopher Porter (additional camera operators); Bobby Sargent (stunt co-ordinator). Copyright 1994 Universal City Studios, Inc. Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Classification.
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