“Everybody Wins” (1990) is a neo-noir with a number of attractions. Just do not expect a conventional thriller, much action or even mystery. The killer is revealed relatively early in the story, if at all. He himself doesn’t remember much. Do not expect conventional characters either, because this is written by the famous playwright, Arthur Miller. What you should expect is a drama of sorts with a focus on the people involved and not on big plot points or a feeling of forward motion. Miller doesn’t achieve that much intensity in this one, and we have some difficulty getting involved because Miller doesn’t lay it all on the line right away. There’s mystery in the central figure played by Debra Winger. The story seems a bit superficial, but beneath the surface he’s making statements about the characters, their objectives, how they operate, and what the net results are. The story is subtle. Miller is reasonably incisive but more wistful than cynical about it all. He’s playful. For the neo-noir aspect, expect an unusual femme fatale and a background of widespread small town corruption.The New England setting, filmed in Norwich, Connecticut, is great. The cinematography captures it admirably. The acting is very good to excellent; I like the work of all. Nick Nolte is asked to find evidence to free a young man in prison who is innocent, according to Debra Winger. She’s hard for Nolte and us to figure at first because she’s holding back information and has jarring shifts in how she treats Nolte at times. But we learn about her soon enough and she’s a fascinating character. Nolte’s detective work leads him in the direction of an oddball with hangups played by Will Patton. He too is quite a character. Frank Converse provides support as a district attorney whom Nolte despises. Jack Warden is a judge.The movie is at least average (a 6 to 6.5), not deserving of the current IMDb rating of just 5. For originality that separates it from the herd, I give it 7. I couldn’t help thinking that Debra Winger’s character had incorporated some of Marilyn Monroe, but I could be way off the mark in thinking that.
Everybody Wins (1990) Movie Data
Everybody Wins (1990) is Drama Mystery Thriller Genres film which released in 1990. Everybody Wins (1990) supported by Will Patton, Debra Winger, and Nick Nolte. This movie has 1h 37min duration and rating around 5.1 star from 877 movie experts. Not bad.
Everybody Wins (1990) Short Storyline
A seeming good Samaritan (Debra Winger) hires a private detective (Nolte) to prove a teen sitting in prison on a murder charge is innocent. His investigation discovers deep corruption in a …
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Debra Winger,Nick Nolte,Will Patton
Director: Karel Reisz
Writer: Arthur Miller
Everybody Wins (1990) PLOT STORY
A seeming good Samaritan (Debra Winger) hires a private detective (Nolte) to prove a teen sitting in prison on a murder charge is innocent. His investigation discovers deep corruption in a Connecticut town and finds the woman isn’t everything she pretends to be.
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