The Blue Iguana (1988)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Thriller, Post-Noir (Modern Noir)  |   Release Date - Apr 22, 1988 (USA)  |   Run Time - 88 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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In exchange for staying out of jail, down-and-out bounty hunter Vince Holloway (Dylan McDermott) agrees to work for corrupt IRS agents Vera (Tovah Feldshuh) and Strick (Dean Stockwell). Holloway travels to Diablo, a country run by criminals, to intercept a transfer of funds between crooked banker Cora (Jessica Harper) and gangster Reno (James Russo). Using a plot structure derived from Dashiell Hammett's novel Red Harvest, as well as from Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo and Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars, Holloway forms competing alliances with all parties to steal the money. As expected, everyone tries to double-cross everyone else. A would-be parody of film noir and westerns, John Lafia's The Blue Iguana unfolds more like a cartoon or a pinball game.

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bank, bounty-hunter, corruption, gangster, mission [quest], money-laundering, quarry [stone quarry]