In The Soup


Directed by

Alexandre Rockwell

Writing Credits (in alphabetical order)

Sollace Mitchell (as Tim Kissell)
Alexandre Rockwell

Cast (in credits order) verified as complete

Steve Buscemi Steve Buscemi
Seymour Cassel Seymour Cassel
Jennifer Beals Jennifer Beals
Pat Moya Pat Moya
Will Patton Will Patton
Sully Boyar Sully Boyar
Old Man
Steven Randazzo Steven Randazzo
Louis Barfardi
Francesco Messina Francesco Messina
Frank Barfardi
Jim Jarmusch Jim Jarmusch
Carol Kane Carol Kane
Stanley Tucci Stanley Tucci
Rockets Redglare Rockets Redglare
Elizabeth Bracco Elizabeth Bracco
Debi Mazar Debi Mazar
Sam Rockwell Sam Rockwell
Ruth Maleczech Ruth Maleczech
Mrs. Rollo
David Cantler David Cantler
Joe’s Son
Tessie Hogan Tessie Hogan
Joe’s Ex-Wife
Jaime Sánchez Jaime Sánchez
Uncle Teo
Svetlana Rockwell Svetlana Rockwell
Ukrainian Lady Tenant
Paul Herman Paul Herman
E-Z Rent-A-Car Clerk
Richard Boes Richard Boes
Tony Kitaras Tony Kitaras
Keivyn McNeill Grayes Keivyn McNeill Grayes
Cop’s Son
Robinson Youngblood Robinson Youngblood
Michael J. Anderson Michael J. Anderson
Little Man (as Mike Anderson)
Ingrid Uribe Ingrid Uribe
Angelica’s Niece
Wilson Galarza Wilson Galarza
Angelica’s Nephew
Ramon O'Neill Ramon O’Neill
Angelica’s Nephew
Anibal O. Lleras Anibal O. Lleras
Uncle Teo’s Friend
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steve Axelrod Steve Axelrod
Porn clerk (uncredited)
Chosei Funahara Chosei Funahara
Bar patron (uncredited)

Produced by

Hank Blumenthal producer
Pascal Caucheteux producer
Chosei Funahara co-executive producer
James Schamus associate producer
Jim Stark producer
Junichi Suzuki co-executive producer
Ryuichi Suzuki executive producer

Music by


Cinematography by

Phil Parmet

Film Editing by

Dana Congdon

Production Design by

Mark Friedberg

Art Direction by

Ginger Tougas

Costume Design by

Elizabeth Bracco

Makeup Department

Lori Hicks hair stylist / makeup artist

Production Management

Craig Markey production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

David Alberico assistant director
Marybeth Hagner assistant director
Rob Hallenbake assistant director

Sound Department

George A. Lara foley mixer
Julie Lindner assistant sound editor
Paul P. Soucek additional sound effects
Brian Vancho foley artist
Pawel Wdowczak sound mixer

Camera and Electrical Department

Denise Brassard first assistant camera
David Larue grip
David C. Lawson second assistant camera
Charles Libin additional cinematographer / gaffer
Mark Schwentner best boy
William M. Weberg key grip

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Virginia D. Patton wardrobe supervisor

Editorial Department

Brian Logan apprentice editor

Location Management

Tim Tyler location assistant

Music Department

Peter Gordon music arranger / music producer
Eric Liljestrand music engineer
Mader music arranger
Samantha Rosenfelds music production coordinator

Other crew

George Camarda script supervisor
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon intern
Mickey Cottrell publicist (uncredited)


Simon Brook special thanks


Institute History 1993 Sundance Film Festival in Tokyo

1992 Sundance Film Festival

Description:  Two veteran actors in American independent film—one from the Cassavetes era (Seymour Cassel), and one from the Jarmusch generation (Steve Buscemi)—come together with zesty abandon in this loopy comic noir. Impoverished would-be film director Adolpho Rollo (Buscemi), surviving on a diet of Dostoyevsky, Nietzsche, and the vitamins his mother keeps sending to his Lower East Side apartment, is down to his last dime. With his criminal landlords pounding on the door (Steve Randazzo and Frank ? in memorable bits as the Bafardi brothers), he desperately places an ad offering his epic five-hundred-page screenplay to the highest bidder. The taker is Joe (Cassel), a small-time hood looking for the perfect dupe to use in his petty scams. Joe convinces Adolpho that he’ll finance his film, but in the meantime, there are cars to steal, break-ins to perpetrate, and stolen goods to fence.

Inevitably this odd couple is drawn to each other. (Opposites do attract, and this could be the nonsexual—albeit kissy—love story of the year.) Adolpho is fascinated by the sheer brio with which Joe enjoys his criminal existence. And Joe likes his naive sidekick well enough to try helping Adolpho romance his beautiful next-door neighbor, Angela (Jennifer Beals). As Joe’s increasingly convoluted dealings accelerate into nightmarish complications, Adolpho begins to realize that this movie is not on Joe’s agenda. Direction con brio, richly hued, black-and-white cinematography and hilarious cameos by Carol Kane and Jim Jarmusch are among the ingredients making this one tasty soup to be in. — Robert Hawk

Screening Details

Section: Dramatic Competition

Film Type: Dramatic Feature

Country: U.S.A. Run Time: 90 min.

Sundance Film Festival Awards

Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Special Jury Prize for Acting

Music: Mader

Actor: Jennifer Beals, Steve Buscemi, Seymour Cassel, Frank Messina, Will Patton, Steve Randazzo,

Producer: Jim Stark, Hank Blumenthal,

Editor: Dana Congdon

Executive Producer: Chosei Funahara, Ryuichi Suzuki, Junichi Suzuki

Screenwriter: Tim Kissel, Alexandre Rockwell,

Cinematographer: Phil Parmet Director, Alexandre Rockwell