Flawless


Flawless Information

Flawless is a 1999 crime comedy-drama film that stars Robert De Niro and Philip Seymour Hoffman. It was directed by Joel Schumacher, who also wrote the screenplay. Other cast members includes Daphne Rubin-Vega and Wilson Jermaine Heredia, both of whom starred (as Mimi and Angel, respectively) in the original production of the Broadway Musical Rent.

Plot

Walter Koontz (Robert De Niro) is a highly decorated "local hero" officer of the New York police department who lives in a downtown apartment complex. Despite his locale and rampant run of drag queens in his building he tends to keep to himself and still lives a life lavished in lovely women, dancing and dining. One night, he hears gunshots upstairs, and while ascending to help suffers a stroke. He awakens with the right side of his body paralyzed resulting in poor speech and posture, giving him an unrecoverable limp requiring him to use a cane to get around.

He suffers a massive blow to his ego, and Walter becomes ashamed to be seen in public in such a fashion. Rusty (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is one of Walter's drag queen neighbors and the two are at-odds constantly due to their differing lifestyles. Rusty has a desire to undergo a transsexual operation, but lacks the money to do so. When Walter comes to Rusty to use his musical talents for voice lessons to overcome his impediment, the pair while at first argumentative and uncomfortable with the other begin to become friends. Walter begins to gain confidence and make strides to return to a normal life. However their friendship is marred when Rusty shows Walter a stash of money, hidden in the body of his dress making mannequin, which is enough to pay for his operation. When Walter inquires how Rusty got the money, Rusty says he stole it from a drug pusher, who was also responsible for the attack the night Walter had his stroke. Outraged by this, Walter and Rusty part ways angrily.

One night, after returning from a drag beauty contest called "Flawless" Rusty is accosted by the criminals who had crept into his apartment to find the stolen money. Walter hears the commotion and runs up to save Rusty's life. Rusty locks himself in the bedroom, and when Walter comes in on them, the criminals turn their attention on him, prompting Rusty to return the favor. In the fight, Walter is shot by the criminals, but the pair are able to subdue them. While boarding an ambulance with Walter, Rusty gives the paramedics the stolen cash to ensure that Walter is okay. The pair again rekindle their friendship, setting their personal differences aside.

Cast

  • Robert De Niro as Walter Koontz
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman as Rusty
  • Barry Miller as Leonard Wilcox
  • Chris Bauer as Jacko
  • Wilson Jermaine Heredia as Cha-Cha
  • Daphne Rubin-Vega as Tia
  • Rory Cochrane as Pogo
  • Jude Ciccolella as Detective Noonan
  • Mina Bern as Mrs. Spivak
  • Penny Balfour as Cristal
  • Victor Rasuk (uncredited) as Neighborhood boy

Soundtrack

  1. "Planet Love" " Taylor Dayne (Allee Willis; Bruce Roberts)
  2. "Half-Breed" " Cher (Al Capps; Mary Dean)
  3. "Lady Marmalade" (Live) " Patti LaBelle (Bob Crewe; Kenny Nolan)
  4. "When the Money's Gone" " Bruce Roberts (Bruce Roberts; Donna Weiss)
  5. "G.A.Y." " Geri Halliwell (Geri Halliwell; Watkins; Wilson)
  6. "When Will You Learn" " Boy George (G. O'Dowd; John Themis; Mike Koglin)
  7. "La Chica Marita" " Marcus Schenkenberg (J. Beauvoir; T. Catania)
  8. "Turn Me Over" " Wonderbox (Monica Murphy)
  9. "Lady Marmalade" " All Saints (Bob Crewe; Kenny Nolan)
  10. "Sidewalk Talk" " John "Jellybean" Benitez (Madonna)
  11. "Can't Stop Love" " Soul Solution (Bobby Guy; Ernie Lake)
  12. "Give It to Me" " Drama Kidz (Danny Sullivan; E. Holterhoff; Jellybean)
  13. "The Name Game" " Shirley Ellis (Lincoln Chase; Shirley Ellis)
  14. "Whenever You Fall" " Taylor Dayne (Taylor Dayne; B.G. Craziose; Ernie Lake; Janice Robinson)
  15. "The Neighborhood" " Bruce Roberts; Gohl; Sarah McLachlan (Bruce Roberts)
  16. "Tia's Tango" " Bruce Roberts; Gohl; Sarah McLachlan (Bruce Roberts)
  17. "Luciano" " Bruce Roberts; Gohl; Sarah McLachlan (Bruce Roberts)



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