The Underneath R

The Underneath
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: November 17, 1998
  • Originally Released: 1994
  • Label: Universal Studios
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Single Side - Single Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Film Highlights
    • Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Production Notes
    • Biographies: Cast & Filmmakers
  • DVD-ROM Features:
    • Weblinks

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring &
Performer: , , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenplay by &
Composition by
Produced by
Director of Photography:
Executive Production by , &

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"God, I love betting."
  - Michael (Peter Gallagher) to Rachel (Alison Elliott)

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 22


User Ratings: 1,448
Rating: 3/5 -- A diverting piece of moviemaking, thanks primarily to fine direction by Soderbergh. Full Review
Austin Chronicle
Jan 1, 2000
...A hypnotic blend of suspense and eroticism....This seductive twisted thriller pulls you right in...
Rolling Stone
May 18, 1995
...Intriguing....[The] plot strands are deftly orchestrated with an eye toward constructing a thematic argument....The visual style is intense...
Mar 20, 1995
...Alison Elliott is pitch perfect in conveying the mystery behind her character...
New York Times
Apr 28, 1995
Rating: 1/4 -- One of Soderbbergh's weakest (and unnecessary) films, this exercise in film noir, a remake of the 1949 classic Criss Cross, is marred by weak dialogue and formulaic plot, again stressing the need of a gifted helmer like Soderbergh for stronger narrative Full Review
Aug 31, 2006
Rating: 2/5 -- What The Underneath lacks is the kind of emotional connection that the best film noirs have. Instead of involving, this film is distancing, too given to admiring its own shiny surface. Full Review
Los Angeles Times
Feb 13, 2001
Rating: 3/5 -- Really enjoyable, especially if you like intricate flashbacks and multiple storylines. Full Review
Goatdog's Movies
Feb 28, 2002

Product Description:

With this cerebral remake of the 1949 film noir gem CRISS CROSS, director Steven Soderbergh has renounced melodrama and suspense to instead create an art film with the emotional weight of Greek tragedy. The film weaves three time frames together to tell its story. In the present, Michael Chambers (Peter Gallagher) returns to Austin, Texas, for his mother's wedding. In the past, he flees town to escape an outrageous gambling debt, ditching his girlfriend, Rachel (Alison Elliott), in the process. And in the future, when Rachel's new boyfriend, Tommy (William Fichtner), a dangerous club owner, catches them having an affair, Michael comes up with a plan for Tommy to rob the armored car he drives. Soderbergh handles his material so deftly that the viewer is left to question whether it is fate or personal responsibility that drove the characters to their ends. Cinematographer Elliot Davis shoots each section with a distinct look in order to further distinguish the film's three chapters, giving the film a visual aesthetic that is overtly stylish and moody. As the flighty Michael, Gallagher is an attractive--and surprisingly comical--presence. His interactions with the rest of the cast (most notably, Elliott) are at turns hysterical, dramatic, and suspenseful.

Plot Synopsis:

THE UNDERNEATH is an elliptical noir thriller from director Steven Soderbergh. The story follows a charming drifter who returns to his hometown and launches a scheme to pull off an armored car heist and rekindle his passion for his ex-wife, who's engaged to a mob-connected nightclub owner. When the heist goes awry, the double crosses begin to pile up. Soderbergh's picture is an updated version of the 1948 Burt Lancaster film CRISS CROSS, which in turn was based on the novel by Don Tracy.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: April 7, 1995.
  • Shot on location in Austin, Texas.
  • Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater has a cameo as the doorman at the local club.
  • Screenwriter Sam Lowry is actually director Steven Soderbergh. Sam Lowry is the name of Jonathan Pryce's character in Terry Gilliam's BRAZIL.
  • Peter Gallagher also starred in Soderbergh's SEX, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE.
  • Soderbergh was initially slated to direct QUIZ SHOW instead of THE UNDERNEATH but was bumped from the former project when Robert Redford took over as director. Soderbergh told Film Comment (1/2001), "It was the best thing that ever happened to me because if I had made QUIZ SHOW, the tiny voice that was screaming at me to start over again and shake it up might have been extinguished. Making THE UNDERNEATH took the gag off that child."

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