Simpatico

Simpatico

Director: Matthew Warchus Cast: Nick Nolte, Jeff Bridges, Sharon Stone

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Overview

Old rivalries lead to new betrayals in this Sam Shepard drama with comic undertones. Vinnie (Nick Nolte) and Carter (Jeff Bridges) have known each other for years, but their relationship has grown less than cordial. Many years ago, the two men, along with Vinnie's girlfriend Rosie (Sharon Stone), were making good money in a con game at a racetrack until Simms (Albert Finney), the local racing official, got wind of their ruse. Vinnie and Carter hatched a blackmail scheme that ended Simms' career and ruined his life. Years later, Vinnie is an alcoholic low-life who still makes a living from blackmail; Carter is now a successful horse breeder, married to Rosie, and Vinnie has incriminating information about him that he uses to get Carter to pay his living expenses. Carter gets a call from Vinnie one night as he's finalizing the sale of his prize-winning stallion Simpatico; Vinnie is in jail on a morals charge regarding a woman he's been seeing named Cecilia (Catherine Keener). Vinnie makes Carter an offer: if he comes to California to help him out of this mess, he'll hand off the documents that he's been using against him for years. Carter agrees, but when he arrives, it turns out that Vinnie's not in jail, Cecilia has filed no charges against him, and this is just part of a larger scam with Carter as its target. Director Matthew Warchus made his screen debut with this film; he also adapted the screenplay (in collaboration with David Nicholls) from the play by Sam Shepard.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/30/2001
UPC: 0794043504136
Original Release: 1999
Rating: R
Source: New Line Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nick Nolte Vinnie Webb
Jeff Bridges Lyle Carter
Sharon Stone Rosie
Catherine Keener Cecilia
Albert Finney Simms
Shawn Hatosy Young Vinnie
Liam Waite Young Carter
Kimberly Williams Young Rosie
Christina Cabot Waitress

Technical Credits
Matthew Warchus Director,Screenwriter
Amy B. Ancona Production Designer
Sue Baden-Powell Executive Producer
Ellen J. Brill Set Decoration/Design
Lance Brown Sound/Sound Designer
Pasquale A. Buba Editor
Stewart Copeland Score Composer
Jean-Francois Fonlupt Producer
Andrew Laws Art Director
Joel Lubin Executive Producer
Dan Lupovitz Producer
Karen Meisels Casting
Leon Melas Associate Producer
David Nicholls Screenwriter
Timm Oberwelland Producer
Karen Patch Costumes/Costume Designer
G. Marq Roswell Musical Direction/Supervision
Greg Shapiro Executive Producer
Daniel Swee Casting
John Toll Cinematographer

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