Rhythm Thief


1h 28m 1993

Brief Synopsis

Simon is a downwardly mobile, urban white guy who hustles a living selling bootleg music on the streets of New York City's Lower East Side. Ludlow Street chick Cyd, who has a real job, humps Simon weekday mornings. Simon's bootleg-wannabe sidekick Fuller has innocent romantic fantasies about Cyd. En

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1993
Distribution Company
STRAND

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 28m

Synopsis

Simon is a downwardly mobile, urban white guy who hustles a living selling bootleg music on the streets of New York City's Lower East Side. Ludlow Street chick Cyd, who has a real job, humps Simon weekday mornings. Simon's bootleg-wannabe sidekick Fuller has innocent romantic fantasies about Cyd. Enter Cynthia Sley of 1-900-BOXX (an all-girl militant punk band) who, having learned that Simon is selling her music, pays a violent visit with her thugs. Further complicating Simon's life, a girl from his past, Marty, shows up with her suitcase to announce that Simon's mom has died. To replace his smashed equipment, Simon borrows money from Mr. Bunch, his fat middle-aged mentor. Simon and Fuller tape a 1-900-BOXX gig. The band comes after them, beats Fuller, and hounds Simon out of the city with Marty in tow. But there's no escape for Simon; he is drawn inexorably back to the neighborhood where he's freed from his past in a final terrifying reckoning with fate.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1993
Distribution Company
STRAND

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 28m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States September 1994

Shown at Avignon/New York Film Festival in New York City April 5-11, 1995.

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (Panorama) February 9-20, 1995.

Shown at Boston Film Festival September 9-22, 1994.

Shown at Cleveland International Film Festival March 30 - April 9, 1995.

Shown at Montreal World Film Festival August 25 - September 5, 1994.

Shown at Sinking Creek Film Festival in Nashville, Tennessee November 6-12, 1995.

Shown at South By Southwest (SXSW) Film & Media Conference in Austin, Texas March 10-18, 1995.

Shown at Toronto International Film Festival September 8-17, 1994.

Film Crash co-founder Matthew Harrison marked his feature directorial debut with "Spare Me" (USA/1992).

aspect ratio 1:1.33

Released in United States 1993 (Shown as a "work-in-progress" at Independent Feature Film Market (IFFM) in New York City September 27 - October 4, 1993.)

Released in United States 1994 (Shown at Montreal World Film Festival August 25 - September 5, 1994.)

Released in United States 1995 (Recipient of a special jury recognition in directing citation at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival.)

Released in United States 1995 (Shown at Cleveland International Film Festival March 30 - April 9, 1995.)

Released in United States January 1995 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (in competition) in Park City, Utah January 19-29, 1995.)

Winner of the Kodak Award at the 1995 Sinking Creek Film Festival.

Released in United States 1993

Released in United States 1994

Released in United States 1995

Released in United States April 1995

Released in United States December 15, 1995

Released in United States Fall November 15, 1995

Released in United States February 1995

Released in United States January 1995

Released in United States March 1995

Released in United States November 10, 1994

Released in United States November 1995

Released in United States on Video May 20, 2008

Released in United States February 1995 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (Panorama) February 9-20, 1995.)

Released in United States March 1995 (Shown at South By Southwest (SXSW) Film & Media Conference in Austin, Texas March 10-18, 1995.)

Released in United States April 1995 (Shown at Avignon/New York Film Festival in New York City April 5-11, 1995.)

Released in United States on Video May 20, 2008

Released in United States September 1994 (Shown at Boston Film Festival September 9-22, 1994.)

Released in United States September 1994 (Shown at Toronto International Film Festival September 8-17, 1994.)

Released in United States November 1995 (Shown at Sinking Creek Film Festival in Nashville, Tennessee November 6-12, 1995.)

Released in United States November 10, 1994 (Shown in New York City (Walter Reade) as part of series "Independents Night!" November 10, 1994.)

Released in United States Fall November 15, 1995

Released in United States December 15, 1995 (Laemmle's Sunset 5; Los Angeles)