Penny Ante


1h 33m 1990

Brief Synopsis

An anti-drug, anti-gang comedy about an elderly Jewish man and a young black man who team up against drug dealers.

Film Details

Also Known As
Penny Ante - The Motion Picture
Release Date
1990
Location
San Jose, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 33m

Synopsis

An anti-drug, anti-gang comedy about an elderly Jewish man and a young black man who team up against drug dealers.

Crew

Mark Alberding

Assistant Camera Operator

Ron Althoff

Stunts

Tammy Apana-dianda

Production Assistant

John Ashby

Stunts

Angelica Ashkar

Props

Elza Bergeron

Casting

Curt Brotel

Stunts

Jeff Buchanan

Best Boy

John Burke

Assistant Camera Operator

Rocky Capella

Stunts

Byron J Cohen

Photography

Kevin Constant

Art Director

C Cracko

Assistant Art Director

Judy Davis

Production Assistant

Mike Davis

Production Assistant

Mike Davis

Driver

John Dirlam

Steadicam Operator

Jeffrey Douglas

Grip

Michele Dunn

Hair

Michele Dunn

Makeup Assistant

Rava Eleasari

Continuity

Kelly Flood

Key Grip

Art Freyer

Gaffer

Jan Garner

Accountant

Phenix Gilbert

Assistant Location Manager

Christian Hammershoy

Property Master

Reonne Haslett

Assistant Director

Cathe Hoogner

Script Supervisor

Robert Idarola

Driver

Kenneth Jeffries

Animal Wrangler

Brook Johnson

Dolly Grip

Irene Kimura

Caterer

Dan Koko

Stunts

Judie Lawson

Casting Associate

Susan Marenco

Location Manager

Ed Martinez

Special Effects

Mike Martinez

Stunts

Wendy Messteri

Production Assistant

Kim Meyer

Makeup

James Monroe

Costume Supervisor

Peter Moody

Driver

Jeff Moseley

Stunts

Allan Nadohl

Producer

Jeff Nealon

Grip

Gail Owen Newton

Other

Jere Newton

Production Coordinator

Mark Oppenheimer

Assistant Director

Jay Patterson

Sound

Tom Pinney

Boom Operator

Bill Rice

Production Manager

Mark Rohrmeier

Art Assistant

Marie Rowe

Casting

Marc Sachnoff

Producer

Elizabeth A Scott

Costume Designer

Luke Seerveld

Grip

Steve Shriver

Electrician

Mercy Sichon

Production Assistant

Frank Simeone

Assistant Director

Susan Sloan

Craft Service

Dave Snook

Accounting Assistant

James Stuart

Driver

Kenneth W Thornton

Assistant Camera Operator

Kim Wiedeman

Production Assistant

Annette Wise

Production Assistant

Colin Wyldbore

Transportation

Colin Wyldbore

Other

Wendy Yee

Casting

Ed Yelin

Music

Film Details

Also Known As
Penny Ante - The Motion Picture
Release Date
1990
Location
San Jose, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 33m

Articles

Vincent Schiavelli (1948-2005)


American Actor Vincent Schiavelli, a classic "I know the face but not the name" character player who had prominent roles in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Nightshift and Ghost, died at his Sicily home after a long battle with lung cancer on December 26. He was 57.

He was born on November 10, 1948 in Brooklyn, New York. After he studied acting at New York University's School of the Arts, he quickly landed a role in Milos Foreman's Taking Off (1971), and his career in the movies seldom dropped a beat. Seriously, to not recognize Schiavelli's presence in a movie or television episode for the last 30 years means you don't watch much of either medium, for his tall, gawky physique (a towering 6'6"), droopy eyes, sagging neck skin, and elongated chin made him a casting director's dream for offbeat and eccentric parts.

But it wasn't just a striking presence that fueled his career, Schiavelli could deliver the fine performances. Foreman would use him again as one of the mental ward inmates in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975); and he was hilarious as the put-upon science teacher, Mr. Vargas in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982); worked for Foreman again as Salieri's (F. Murray Abraham's) valet in Amadeus (1984); unforgettable as an embittered subway ghost who taunts Patrick Swayze in Ghost (1990); downright creepy as the brooding organ grinder in Batman Returns (1992); worked with Foreman one last time in The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996); and was a dependable eccentric in Death to Smoochy (2002). Television was no stranger to him either. Although he displayed a gift for comedy playing Latka's (Andy Kaufman) confidant priest, "Reverend Gorky" in a recurring role of Taxi, the actor spent much of his time enlivening shows of the other worldly variety such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, Tales from the Crypt, The X Files, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

In recent years, Schiavelli curtailed the acting, and concentrated on writing. He recently relocated to the Sicilian village of Polizzi Generosa, where his grandparents were raised. He concentrated on his love of cooking and in 2002, wrote a highly praised memoir of his family's history as well as some cooking recipes of his grandfather's titled Many Beautiful Things. He is survived by two children.

by Michael T. Toole
Vincent Schiavelli (1948-2005)

Vincent Schiavelli (1948-2005)

American Actor Vincent Schiavelli, a classic "I know the face but not the name" character player who had prominent roles in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Nightshift and Ghost, died at his Sicily home after a long battle with lung cancer on December 26. He was 57. He was born on November 10, 1948 in Brooklyn, New York. After he studied acting at New York University's School of the Arts, he quickly landed a role in Milos Foreman's Taking Off (1971), and his career in the movies seldom dropped a beat. Seriously, to not recognize Schiavelli's presence in a movie or television episode for the last 30 years means you don't watch much of either medium, for his tall, gawky physique (a towering 6'6"), droopy eyes, sagging neck skin, and elongated chin made him a casting director's dream for offbeat and eccentric parts. But it wasn't just a striking presence that fueled his career, Schiavelli could deliver the fine performances. Foreman would use him again as one of the mental ward inmates in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975); and he was hilarious as the put-upon science teacher, Mr. Vargas in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982); worked for Foreman again as Salieri's (F. Murray Abraham's) valet in Amadeus (1984); unforgettable as an embittered subway ghost who taunts Patrick Swayze in Ghost (1990); downright creepy as the brooding organ grinder in Batman Returns (1992); worked with Foreman one last time in The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996); and was a dependable eccentric in Death to Smoochy (2002). Television was no stranger to him either. Although he displayed a gift for comedy playing Latka's (Andy Kaufman) confidant priest, "Reverend Gorky" in a recurring role of Taxi, the actor spent much of his time enlivening shows of the other worldly variety such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, Tales from the Crypt, The X Files, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In recent years, Schiavelli curtailed the acting, and concentrated on writing. He recently relocated to the Sicilian village of Polizzi Generosa, where his grandparents were raised. He concentrated on his love of cooking and in 2002, wrote a highly praised memoir of his family's history as well as some cooking recipes of his grandfather's titled Many Beautiful Things. He is survived by two children. by Michael T. Toole

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Miscellaneous Notes

Began shooting February 1989.

Completed shooting March 1989.

Shown at Cannes Film Festival (market) May 10-21, 1990.

Shown at Chicago International Film Festival October 12-25, 1991.

Shown at Montreal World Film Festival (Cinema of Today and Tomorrow) August 24, 1990.

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