Cheap Shots

Institute History


Cheap Shots is anything but. It’s a black comedy somewhat reminiscent of Blood Simple, in which the get-rich scheme, a rural motel manager and its lone tenant backfire with murderously funny results. As a last-ditch attempt to finance repairs mandated by shady Health Department inspectors, Louie Constantine (Louis Zorich) and Arnold Posner (David Patrick Kelly) hit upon the idea of making sex videotapes, and decide to surreptitiously record the love making of a mysterious couple who’ve taken up residence on the premises. What they end up taping isn’t just sex—it’s murder. Hit men appear, blackmail is attempted and a shoot-out occurs, all with eccentric originality and decidedly unexpected results.

Cheap Shots was produced in upstate New York by the team of Jerry Stoeffhaas, Jeff Ureles and William Coppard, the latter of whom runs the highest-grossing at theatre, per capita, in the U.S. Not surprisingly, the film reflects a keen awareness of art-house tastes: it’s stylishly European, but driven by a wholly American sense of character, humor and locale.

— Tony Safford

Screening Details

As you use our Online Archives, please understand that the information presented from Festivals, Labs, and other activities is taken directly from official publications from each year. While this information is limited and doesn't necessarily represent the full list of participants (e.g. actors and crew), it is the list given to us by the main film/play/project contact at the time, based on the space restrictions of our publications. Each entry in the Online Archives is meant as a historical record of a particular film, play, or project at the time of its involvement with Sundance Institute. For this reason, we can only amend an entry if a name is misspelled, or if the entry does not correctly reflect the original publication. If you have questions or comments, please email [email protected]