Keys to Tulsa (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes

Keys to Tulsa (1996)




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The black sheep son of a wealthy family sinks deeper into corruption the harder he tries to pull himself out in this drama. Richter Boudreau (Eric Stoltz) is a small-time film critic with a checkered past and some bad debts who decides to return to his old home town of Tulsa in hopes of getting his life back in order, much to the dismay of his mother Cynthia (Mary Tyler Moore), who is sick of lending him money and would prefer to have nothing to do with him. Richter still carries a torch for his one-time girlfriend Vicky (Deborah Kara Unger), who these days is married (not especially happily) to Ronnie (James Spader), a low level drug dealer with loftier criminal ambitions. Richter owes Ronnie money from a long time ago and isn't in a position to say no when Ronnie asks him to help with his latest scheme; Cherry (Joanna Going), a stripper, was a witness to the murder of a prostitute, and since the killer, Bedford Shaw (Marco Perella), is the son of the richest and most powerful man in town, Harmon Shaw (James Coburn), Ronnie feels that this information has remarkable blackmail potential. Richter finds himself caught up in Ronnie's plan while fully aware of the danger of tangling with Harmon Shaw. He also finds himself falling into ill-advised romance with Cherry. Keys to Tulsa was the first directorial effort for producer Leslie Greif; Cameron Diaz and Michael Rooker also appear in supporting roles.

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Eric Stoltz
as Richter Boudreau
James Spader
as Ronnie Stover
Randy Graff
as Louise Brinkman
Mary Tyler Moore
as Cynthia Boudreau
James Coburn
as Harmon Shaw
Deborah Kara Unger
as Vicky Michaels Stover
Michael Rooker
as Keith Michaels
Peter Strauss
as Chip Carlson
Dennis Letts
as Preston Liddy
Josh Ridgway
as Billy Boudreau
Marco Perella
as Bedford Shaw
George Greif
as Bartender
Doran Ingrham
as Tattoo Man
Vernon Grote
as Desk Sergeant
Randy Means
as Victor Hill
Vicky Hutson
as News Reporter
Lucia Reeves
as News Reporter
Roger Bulrage
as Hill's Friend
Debbie Bowman
as Sixty-Six Club Dancer
Sanda Czapla
as Sixty-Six Club Dancer
Marcella Mhall
as Sixty-Six Club Dancer
Erin Swenson
as Sixty-Six Club Dancer
Dawn Wagner
as Sixty-Six Club Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Keys to Tulsa

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

This nonsensical picture appears to have been directed by a coma victim and edited by an axe maniac.

December 14, 2018

The plot is full of italicised twists and kooky set-pieces, but grossly over-plotted and overwritten.

December 14, 2018 | Full Review…

This comedic crimer is a late-in-the-cycle Tarantino retread. Pyeton's script from Berkey's novel is deft, but Leslie Grief's awkward direction lacks modulation and visual style, and he doesn't even get decent performances from Stolz and Cameron Diaz.

December 20, 2006 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

A messy mix of soap opera, film noir, black comedy, and social satire, none of which is done very well.

January 7, 2005 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…

A ham-handed and just plain dumb modern Midwest noir.

June 10, 2003 | Rating: 50/100 | Full Review…

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