Dead Simple

Dead Simple

Director: Jason Bloom Cast: Daniel Stern, Patricia Richardson, James Caan


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A small-time loser who dreams of the big time discovers just how far wrong a good deed can take him in this black comedy. Frank Jacobs (Daniel Stern) is a guy with perennial bad luck living in a small town in Kansas, where he runs a gone-to-seed motel and is married to Helen (Patricia Richardson), a shrewish woman with a sharp tongue and little affection for her husband. Frank's great dream is to make a career for himself as a country and western singer, and while scrambling for a spot during an open mike night at a roadhouse, he makes the acquaintance of Julie (Lacey Kohl), a fellow singer who is married to past-prime C&W star Roy Baker (James Caan). After a quarrel, Roy leaves Julie by the side of the road, and Frank offers to give her a place to stay for the night. Helen is certain Julie's a home wrecker, and a serious argument erupts between Helen, Frank, and Julie; a gun goes off, and Helen is dead. Certain there's no easy way to explain Helen's death, Frank and Julie bury her in the backyard, and Frank soon finds himself having a fling with the attractive young singer. But before long, Roy arrives, eager to take Julie back whether she likes the idea or not, and matters are complicated when Helen's twin sister Wanda (also played by Richardson) arrives, determined to find out what's become of her sister. Viva Las Nowhere (also shown as Dead Simple) also stars Sherry Stringfield as another aspiring singer.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/15/2002
UPC: 0012236119753
Original Release: 2001
Rating: R
Source: Live / Artisan

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Daniel Stern Frank Jacobs
Patricia Richardson Helen/Wanda
James Caan Ray Baker
Sherry Stringfield Marguerite
Shaun Johnston Actor
Tim Abell Actor
Carrie Schiffler Actor

Technical Credits
Jason Bloom Director
Luis Colina Associate Producer,Editor
Kevin DeWalt Producer
James Glennon Cinematographer
Andrew Gross Score Composer
Alec Hammond Production Designer
Elizabeth Marx Casting
Mark McGarry Co-producer
Josh Miller Producer
Joshua Miller Producer
Robert M. Moore Costumes/Costume Designer
Demitri Samaha Producer
Elie Samaha Executive Producer
Tracee Stanley Producer
Andrew Stevens Executive Producer

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