The Frightening Frammis

Peter Gallagher may look too callow to be a grifter, but under Tom Cruise's direction he turns in a solid perf in an astute adaptation of Jim Thompson's tale.

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Cast: Peter Gallagher, Nancy Travis, Isabella Rossellini, John Reilly, Bill Erwin, Jean Speegle Howard, Joe Viterelli, Gene Price.

Peter Gallagher may look too callow to be a grifter, but under Tom Cruise’s direction he turns in a solid perf in an astute adaptation of Jim Thompson’s tale.

Cruise draws striking cameos from the two-bit losers Gallagher encounters: poker-playing Bill Erwin and his wife, Jean Speegle Howard; come-on artist Isabella Rossellini; Nancy Travis as Gallagher’s betrayed wife; Bible printer John Reilly; and, frighteningly, Vegas enforcer Joe Viterelli.

Story’s far-fetched but engrossing.

The Frightening Frammis

(Sun. (5), 11-11:30 p.m.)

Production: Director, Tom Cruise; writers, Jon Robin Baitz, Howard A. Rodman; story, Jim Thompson.

Crew: Camera, Peter Suschitzky; editor, David Siegel; sound, Michael Evje.

Cast: Cast: Peter Gallagher, Nancy Travis, Isabella Rossellini, John Reilly, Bill Erwin, Jean Speegle Howard, Joe Viterelli, Gene Price.

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