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  The Florentine (1999)
Character: Whitey

The bar in an old Pennsylvania steel town, housed with many of life's losers and disillusioned men, is the main setting for this slice-of-life film. Michael Madsen is the bar owner, who is deep in debt to the town's book-maker and loan shark Burt Young. Chris Penn is one of the bar's main inhabitants as he hides from his failing marriage to Mary Stuart Masterson. The bartender's sister (Virginia Madsen) is about to be married, and her former fiance (Tom Sizemore) shows up in town, after leaving her at the alter years before. Con man James Belushi runs a con on Perry to steal the money for the wedding caterer. As every plot in this multi layered story seems to be at it's worst, things look up because of an unlikely hero.

Supreme Sanction (1999)
Character: Dalton

A newspaper reporter (David Dukes) is marked for assassination for his investigation into what happened to some army helicopters that were mysteriously shot down. However, the assassin (Kristy Swanson) cannot pull the trigger when she sees him with his daughter. She then teams up with him to fight the mercenaries (led by Michael Madsen) that are after him. Ron Perlman is the head of the whole organization behind the master plot.

Ballad of the Nightingale (1998)
Character:N/A

A down-on-her luck prostitute embarks on a wild adventure that puts her in contact with the Mafia.

Flat Out (1998)
Character: Gene

Viewer comment:
I really enjoyed this movie, I am a big fan of motorbike movies, and this one is the best i've seen in ages, Not only that but the acting from Michael Madsen was Great. I mean sure its a B film but it was an exellent one. I would strongly suggest you watch this movie if you havent seen it yet, you don't know what your missing.

The Thief & The Stripper (1998)
Character: Jimmie D.

Viewer comment:
In The Late 90's and early 2000, Michael Madsen fell into a downward spiral of Direct To Video Features ("Choke", "Sacrifice", "Luck Of The Draw", "The Ghost", Voodoo Dawn", "Primal Instinct")
Chalk up another mediocre Madsen Flick: "Strip N' Run" (AKA: The Thief and The Stripper) He plays a gangster named Jimmie D. who is the voice of reason for other characters. To get straight to the point: The movie looks cheap, and the editing is jumpy. Madsen doesn't really do anything at all. He looks sleepy. The funniest part of the movie is the appearance of Todd Bridges as a hoodlum. He shoots people and goes way over the top. His death scene is pretty hokey. He just covers his chest after a poorly mixed gunshot noise.
In Conclusion: The movie has the sleazy moments you want (stripper nudity) and some decent acting.

Fait Accompli (1998)
Character: Frank Barlow

Viewer comment:
As previous comments have noted, this has hints that it could have been a serious, superior thriller, what with the talented cast and some quite good writing in-the-small. But the story lines never really cohere and it finally makes no real impact.

Vengeance Unlimited(TV series) (998)
Character: Mr. Chapel

Mr. Chapel is a man without a past. His M.O. is to send people who have been wronged by the system, or by criminals, clippings of other people he has helped out. He then offers them help in return for either 1 million dollars or a future favor they're to do him. Chapel then sets out to bring justice to the criminals, using elaborately plotted scams and some subtle violence as necessary.

Species II (1998)
Character: Pres Lennox

An astronaut gets infected with alien DNA during the first mission on Mars and runs amok on earth. The surviving team members from the first film team up with a peaceful, genetically re-engineered Sil to track the monster down.

Papertrail (1997)
Character: Brad Abraham

Jason Enola is an obsessive FBI agent who is almost losing his mind after ten years on the tail of an elusive serial killer whose hallmark is the "paper trail" of notes left along with the victims. Brad Abraham is the agent buddy who is watching Enola's back. As the film begins, a new wave of killings start after four years of silence, and the psychiatrist Dr. Alyce Robertson becomes involved when she starts receiving telephone calls from the killer.

Rough Draft (1997)
Character: Haynes

A struggling freelance writer, while investigating the transvestite night life, stumbles across a serial killer in action. The two then strike up a bizarre partnership to document the killer's motives and handiwork as a possessed detective struggling with his own personal demons tries to solve the crimes.

The Sender (1997)
Character: Dallas Grayson

In 1965, an American fighter squadron encountered a spaceship while flying over the Bermuda Triangle. After getting into a brief dogfight with it, one of the fighters is shot down, and the others agree to keep what they've seen a secret. Years later, the downed aircraft is recovered, and the son of the missing pilot insists on seeing it. Soon, strange ocurrences start happening around the son and his family. Could there be any connection with what his father witnessed?

Surface to Air (1997)
Character: Gunnery Sgt. Zach Massin

Executive Target (1997)
Character: Nick

A stunt driver (Michael Madsen) heading for prison on a minor charge is freed against his will by a terrorist gang. Then by kidnapping his wife, he is forced to drive a getaway car in a plot to kidnap the President from a motorcade.

Catherine's Grove (1997)
Character: Uncle Joseph

Viewer comment:
In CATHERINE'S GROVE, we (again) get to witness two very talented, underrated, charismatic actors waste their time again in a middling, direct-to-video forgettable. The plot has some reasonable interest at the onset, but the development of it is lacking, and the characters are an obnoxious, uninteresting bunch. What motivates Fahey and Masden to just throw their abilities to the wind like this?

The Maker (1997)
Character: Skarney

Josh is a high school guy who lives with adoptive parents and is involved in little crimes with his friends (including young lesbian Bella). Suddenly his elder brother Walter comes out of the blue (he left home 10 years ago when he was 18 and was never heard during these years). After that Walter starts to involve Josh in various new criminal activities, including robbery.

Donnie Brasco (1997)
Character: Sonny Black

This true story follows FBI agent Joe Pistone as he infiltrates the mafia of New York. Befriending Lefty Ruggiero, Pistone (under the name Donnie Brasco) is able to embed himself in a mafia faction lead by Sonny Black. Ruggiero and Pistone become tight as the group goes about collecting money for 'the bosses'. Eventually, the group become big time when Black himself becomes a boss, all the while Pistone collects evidence. However, the trials and tribulations of the undercover work become more than Pistone can bear. His marriage falls apart and to top it off, the mafia suspect a mole in the organization. The real dilemma is afforded to Pistone, who knows if he walks away from the mafia, Ruggiero will be the one punished.

The Last Days of Frankie the Fly (1997)
Character: Sal

Frankie is an unrespected little man, who works for mob bosses Sal and Vic. He meets Margaret, who is an ex-porn actress and plans to become a serious one, falls in love with her and tries to save her from Sal's influence.

The Girl Gets Moe (1997)
Character: Donnelly

Importing illegal automatic weapons for resale is a big business and Moe is the middleman. Even with the huge monetary rewards available, he finds that his love life is suffering and he is looking for that special someone. When he finds her, he wants to become respectable and marry, but it seems that business and a double date conspire to end this romantic relationship once and for all.

Red Line (1996)
Character: Mr. Lawrence

A car mechanic who enjoys "testing" his customers' vehicles for small is employed by a powerful gangster impressed by his skills. Doing car-related odd jobs for the gangster, the mechanic gets across an interesting and puzzling one pretty soon, and decides to change his ways a bit...

The Winner (1996)
Character: Wolf

A story about a man who can't seem to do anything but win at the tables in Vegas. This, of course, brings hustlers out of the woodwork intent on using him for financial gain. One of them is the man's brother who, incidentally, is trying to find who it was that killed their father, while still another is a woman who has schemes of her own. Couple all of this with drug kingpins and general thugs and you have a comedy with a fresh twist on surviving in Vegas.

Mulholland Falls (1996)
Character: Eddie Hall

This film is about the adventures of a 1940's special anti-gangster police squad in Los Angeles, the infamous 'Hat Squad.' The four members of this squad are big, tough, no-nonsense cops who don't hesitate to break the law, if it suits their purposes. When a local woman is murdered, their investigation turns up the fact that she had been romantically linked to several prominent men and had secret films taken of her liaisons. Since one of those men is the powerful U.S. Army General at the head of the then-new Atomic Energy Commission and another is the (married) leader of the Hat Squad, complications ensue. The FBI even gets involved in an attempted cover-up.

Man With A Gun (1995)
Character: John Wilbur Hardin

The assassin John Hardin (Michael Madsen) works for the loan-shark Jack Rushton (Gary Busey). When the loan-shark's wife Rena (Jennifer Tilly) steals a disc with information that can get her husband prosecuted he orders John to kill her. What he don't know is that John and Rena have started a affair.

Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995)
Character: Glen Greenwood

Two years ago the boy Jesse helped the whale Willy to jump into freedom. Jesse enjoys the life with his adoptive parents, when his half-brother Elvis arrives because the dead of their mother. During a holiday trip Jesse meets Willy again, as well as his indian friend Randolph. A tender love developes between Jesse and Rudolph's granddaughter Nadine. Suddenly a crashed oil tanker endangers the whales. Several animal and human lifes have to be saved when the movie gets into action finally.

Species (1995)
Character: Preston Lennox

In 1993, the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence Project receives a transmission detailing an alien DNA structure, along with instructions on how to splice it with human DNA. The result is Sil, a sensual but deadly creature who can change from a to an armour-plated killing machine in the blink of an eye. Government agent Xavier Fitch assembles a team of scientists and mercenaries to locate and destroy Sil before she manages to find a mate and breed.

Dead Connection (1994)
Character: Det. Matt Dickson

After a series of murders in motel rooms are connected, a cop, Dickson (Madsen), heads out on the trail to find a serial killer. He discovers that he signs the motel with the names of boxers, and hence gets a lead on him. However, when he just fails to catch up arrest him, the chase becomes personal.

Season of Change (1994)
Character: Randy Parker

A girl discovers her father's secret, changing their lives forever.

Wyatt Earp (1994)
Character: Virgil Earp

Wyatt Earp is a movie about a man and his family. More of a documentary than Hollywood tinsel, this movie shows us the good times and the bad times of one of the West's greatest heros.

Blue Tiger (1994)
Character: (uncredited) .... Gun salesman (cameo)

Gena witnesses the murder of her son by a Japanees hit-man. He accidentally shoots the boy during a hit on a rival gang of bus operators. Gena then dedicates her life to revenge, and seeks out the gunman. But are the other (mystical) influences involved ?

The Getaway (1994)
Character: Rudy Travis

Doc McCoy is put in prison because his partners chickened out and flew off without him after exchanging a prisoner with a lot of money. Doc knows Jack Benyon, a rich "business"-man, is up to something big, so he tells his wife (Carol McCoy) to tell him that he's for sale if Benyon can get him out of prison. Benyon pulls some strings and Doc McCoy is released again. Unfortunately he has to cooperate with the same person that got him to prison.

A House in the Hills (1993)
Character: Mickey

An aspiring actress (Alex) is housesitting in the hills, the owners are taking a break after their neighbour was murdered. For acting practise, Alex pretends to be the owner when someone calls at the house. The caller isn't who he says he is either...

Inside Edge (1993)
Character: Richard Montana

Loose cannon Sgt. Richard Montana screws up a major drug bust and is passed over for promotion for Henderson, a cop he holds responsible for the death of his first partner. Disgusted, Montana throws in his lot with drug kingpin Gio. While he eliminates Gio's competitors and gets his promotion, Gio's lady tempts him into a scam that will see them both either rich or dead.

Money For Nothing (1993)
Character: Detective Laurenzi

When unemployed dockworker Joey Coyle finds $1.2 million that fell off of an armored car, he decides to do the logical thing: take the money and run. After all, he says, finders keepers. He turns to his ex-girlfriend Monica, who works in an investment firm, for advice, before turning to the mob for help laundering the money. While Joey makes plans to leave the country, however, a detective is following his ever-warmer trail in order to recover the cash.

Free Willy (1993)
Character: Glen Greenwood

Fishermen separate a young orca whale (Willy) from his parents and he ends up in a at a marina. Meanwhile, a street kid runs afoul of the law and gets caught vandalising the marina, but his social worker gets him off the hook (so to speak) provided he cleans up his mess at the marina. While there, he befriends the whale and teaches him tricks, something the trainer hasn't been able to do. But when Willy is a dud in front of the audience, the marina owner plans some bad things, and the boy and his friends must try to free Willy.

Trouble Bound (1993)
Character: Harry Talbot

Upon getting out of prison, a man who took the rap for some thief buddies gets together with them again, and tells them he's not interested in doing things with them any more. They stick a dead body in his trunk, unbeknownst to him, and he roars off to find his future. Unfortunately, they forgot to get the key they need off the body, so they're chasing him. Meanwhile, a mafia kingpin's daughter is trying to kill the hitman that killed her father, but her grandmother is trying to make peace with the family that hired the hitman, so she and her thugs are trying to stop the daughter. The guy and the daughter get together and experience mayhem on the run from two directions.

Almost Blue (1992)
Character: Morris Poole

The young jazz saxophonist Morris Poole is at the height of his career. When his wife dies he is almost overcome by grief and blames himself. When after a while he finds a new love, he ends up in a situation that reminds him of his wife's mysterious death.

Beyond The Law (1992)
Character: Blood

Dan Saxon is an undercover cop who infiltrates a biker gang to nail the scum behind a drug-smuggling operation. In order to maintain the trust of the gang's leader, he must commit ever more dangerous and heinous crimes. Just how far 'beyond the law' will Saxon go?

Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Character: Mr. Blonde/Vic Vega

A gang of thieves carry out an armed robbery on a Diamond warehouse. The police are after them so quickly that they suspect they have a rat in their company. This film starts right after the robbery, with flashbacks to before the robbery, and to the planning of the crime. We are also introduced to the main characters in flashback mode. Plenty of fast action, and plenty of blood and gore

Baby Snatcher(TV) (1992)
Character: Cal Hudson

A woman is delighted to have given birth to a baby girl but her life is turned into a nightmare when she goes missing. The police mount a frantic search but to the woman's horror she finds out that it's herself who is the main suspect.

Straight Talk (1992)
Character: Steve

Honest and straightforward small-town Shirlee Kenyon chucks her boyfriend and heads for Chicago. Accidentally having to host a radio problem phone-in show, it is clear she is a natural and is hired on the spot. But the station insists she call herself Doctor, and as her popularity grows a local reporter starts digging for the truth. Problem is, the more he is around her the more he fancies her.

Fatal Instinct (1991)
Character: Cliff Burden

A detective (Michael Madsen) falls in love with the woman (Laura Johnson) he is investigating in the murder of a real estate tycoon.

Thelma & Louise (1991)
Character: Jimmy

Louise is working in a fast food restaurant as a waitress and has some problems with her friend Jimmy, who, as a musician, is always on the road. Thelma is married to Darryl who likes his wife to stay quiet in the kitchen so that he can watch football on TV. One day they decide to break out of their normal life and jump in the car and hit the road. Their journey, however, turns into a flight when Louise kills a man who threatens to rape Thelma. They decide to go to Mexico, but soon they are hunted by American police.

The Doors (1991)
Character: Tom Baker

Oliver Stone's homage to 60's rock group The Doors also doubles as a biography of the group's late singer, the "Electric Poet" Jim Morrison. The movie follows Morrison from his days as a film student in Los Angeles to his death in Paris in 1971, at the age of 27. The movies features a tour- de-force performance by Val Kilmer, who not only looks like Jim Morrison's long-lost twin brother, but also sounds so much like him that he did much of his own singing. It has been written that even the surviving Doors had trouble distinguishing Kilmer's vocals from Morrison's originals.

The End of Innocence (1990
Character: Earl

Seemingly autobiographical story of a woman overwhelmed with trying to please everyone except herself, and not finding any answers until she's admitted to a rehab center by her parents. Eventually here is where she finds her answers.

The Outsiders(TV series) (1990)
Character: Mick Jenkins

Francis Ford Coppola and S.E. Hinton's 14-episode follow-up to the 1983 movie, which builds on each character from the film immensely. Series finale (entitled "Breaking the Maiden") reaches an optimistic conclusion to the story of the group's troubled youth.

Montana(TV) (1990)
Character: Pierce

Blood Red (1989)
Character: Enzio

The history of a Sicilian family who emigrated to America years ago and now lives in California cultivating vine. The problems start when they have to confront themselves with a powerful landowner who comports like the local boss.

Kill Me Again (1989)
Character: Vince Miller

Fay Forrester, an attractive young lady wants to escape from her violent and jealous boyfriend Vince. So she hires Jack Andrews, a second class private investigator to arrange her death. She wants to restart her life with a new identity and the money she robbed together with Vince. Because of Jack's financial problems he joins Fay after her fake death. Unfortunately Vince finds out that Fay's still alive. The hunt for Jack, Fay and the money begins...

Shadows in the Storm (1988)
Character: Earl

A daydreaming businessman named Thelonius Pitt (Ned Beatty) takes a vacation in the Redwood Forests of California. The morning after he arrives, he meets a beautiful, mysterious woman named Melanie (Mia Sara.) She happens to look just like the woman he keeps seeing in his dreams. Thelonius and Melanie meet each other on the shore of a nearby river late at night. Melanie's husband finds them, and attacks Thelonius. Melanie pulls out a pistol and fires 3 shots, knocking her husband's body into the icy river below. The nightmare has begun...

War and Remembrance(TV mini-series) (1988)
Character: Lt. 'Foof' Turhall (Devilfish)

The saga of the Henry family, begun in "The Winds of War" continues as America is attacked by Japan and enters World War II. For Victor Henry, an upwardly mobile naval career sets him in command of a cruiser with sights on selection for the Admiralty. At the same time, however, Victor must struggle with a failing marriage as well as a love affair with the daughter of a prominent British radio news reporter. Victor's son Byron has equal success as a submarine officer, eventually selected to command his own ship, yet all the while must deal with the separation of his wife and son who are held in German custody as enemy alien Jews. Through other such characters as Professor Aaron Jastrow, Naval Pilot Warren Henry, and the noble German General Armin von Roon, "War and Remembrance" unfolds into an all encompassing and fascinating story of the Second World War.

Iguana (1988)
Character: Sebastian

User comment:
No, it's not some movie about a giant lizard that eats people... though that's what the title makes me think of. This is a pretty decent low-budget movie about a toughened sailor with a facial deformity that makes him look kind of lizard-like. His shipmates don't like him much and he jumps ship one night... but they find him again, beat and brand him. After a lifetime of such abuse he decides that from now on he will live the rest of his life taking what he wants, doing what he wants and forcing others to do his will. He takes over a small deserted island and enslaves the few people who wash up on its shores... cutting off their fingers (or heads) when they get out of line. Very interesting movie... the main character is a terrible person... but at times he also becomes the hero. We see that he has become this evil man because of the way he was treated by others all his life. Lovely (but sad) ending.

Shadows in the Storm (1988)
Character: Earl

A daydreaming businessman named Thelonius Pitt (Ned Beatty) takes a vacation in the Redwood Forests of California. The morning after he arrives, he meets a beautiful, mysterious woman named Melanie (Mia Sara.) She happens to look just like the woman he keeps seeing in his dreams. Thelonius and Melanie meet each other on the shore of a nearby river late at night. Melanie's husband finds them, and attacks Thelonius. Melanie pulls out a pistol and fires 3 shots, knocking her husband's body into the icy river below. The nightmare has begun...

The Killing Time (1987)
Character: Stu

A psycho murders a man who was on his way to a job as a deputy sheriff in a small California coastal town. He takes on the deputy's identity and arrives in town to start his new "job." What he doesn't know is that the sheriff and his mistress are plotting to murder her husband and blame it on the new deputy.

Our Family Honor (TV)(1985)
Character: August 'Augie' Danzig

This series revolves around the lives of two families, the McKays and the Danzigs. The McKays are a family of cops while the Danzigs' business is not exactly legal. The McKays have made it their life's mission to bring the Danzigs down cause they believe that it was the Danzigs who killed a member of their family years ago. And adding fuel to the fire is the fact that the Danzigs' prodigal son, Jerry is involved with Liz McKay whose father was who was killed years ago.

The Natural (1984)
Character: Bartholomew 'Bump' Bailey

An unknown middle-aged batter named Roy Hobbs with a mysterious past appears out of nowhere to take a losing 1930s baseball team to the top of the league in this magical sports fantasy. With the aid of a bat cut from a lightning struck tree, Hobbs lives the fame he should have had earlier when, as a rising pitcher, he is inexplicably shot by a young woman.

Racing with the Moon (1984)
Character: Frank

Henry and Nicky are small town pals from blue collar families with only a short time before they ship off to World War II. Henry begins romancing new-to-town Caddie Winger, believing her to be wealthy. Mischievious and irresponsible, Nicky gets into trouble which forces the other two to become involved, testing their relationship, as well as the friendship between the boys.

Diner (TV)(1983)
Character: Boogie

This pilot for the tv version of the critical acclaimed feature DINER (1982) focused on the complaints of the wives, Elyse and Beth, that their husbands were spending too much time hanging at the diner with their friends.

War Games (1983)
Character: Steve Phelps, airman in missile silo

A young computer whizz kid accidentally connects into a top secret super-computer which has complete control over the U.S. nuclear arsenal. It challenges him to a game between America and Russia, and he innocently starts the countdown to World War 3. Can he convince the computer he wanted to play a game and not the real thing ?

Special Bulletin (TV)(1983)
Character: N/A

A TV reporter and cameraman are taken hostage on a tugboat while covering a workers strike. The demands of the hostage-takers are to collect all the nuclear detonators in the Charleston, SC area so they may be detonated at sea. They threaten to detonate a nuclear device of their own of their demand isnt met.

Against All Hope (1982)
Character: Cecil Moe

User comment:
Definitely an odd debut for Michael Madsen. Madsen plays Cecil Moe, an alcoholic family man whose life is crumbling all around him. Cecil grabs a phone book, looks up the name of a preacher, and calls him in the middle of the night. He goes to the preacher's home and discusses his problems. The preacher teaches Cecil to respect the word of God and have Jesus in his heart. That makes everything all better. Ahh...if only everything in life were that easy. The fact that this "film" looks as if it was made with about $500 certainly doesn't help.

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