High-roller Joey O’Brien (Robin Williams) wheels and deals his livelihood by selling top-of-the-line American cars, though his luck in the showroom has hit a slump lately, and it’s taking everything he has to get back his old spiel. When the dealership secretary’s jealous husband (Tim Robbins) shows up with an automatic weapon and holds the hawker hostage, however, Joey is suddenly forced to give the pitch of his life.
Roger Donaldson (born 15 November 1945) is an Australian-born New Zealand film producer, director and writer who has made numerous successful movies. He was a co-founder of the New Zealand Film Commission.
Donaldson was born in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia and in 1965 emigrated to New Zealand to establish a small still photography business. He entered the film industry when he made the drama series Winners and Losers for New Zealand television, then directed and produced his first film Sleeping Dogs in 1977. As this was the first film to come out of New Zealand in nearly 15 years, he lobbied the New Zealand Government to found the New Zealand Film Commission in 1978. Donaldson’s first films were made in close collaboration with his friend and leading man, actor and musician Bruno Lawrence, with whom Donaldson worked extensively in the 1970s, but the partnership and their long friendship effectively ended after Smash Palace.
Donaldson’s first American break was when he… read more