In the Soup

In the Soup is a 1992 independent comedy directed by Alexandre Rockwell.[2] It stars Steve Buscemi as Aldolpho Rollo, a self-conscious screenwriter who has written an unfilmable 500-page screenplay and is looking for a producer.

In the Soup
Directed byAlexandre Rockwell
Produced byJim Stark
Hank Blumenthal
Chosei Funahara
Written byTim Kissell
Sollace Mitchell
Alexandre Rockwell
CinematographyPhil Parmet
Distributed byFantoma (US DVD)
Release date
  • January 1992 (1992-01) (Sundance)
  • October 23, 1992 (1992-10-23) (New York City)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$256,249[1]

Tortured by self-doubt, financial ruin, and unrequited passion for his next door neighbor (Jennifer Beals), Aldolfo places an ad offering his mammoth screenplay to the highest bidder. In steps Aldolfo's "guardian angel", Joe (Seymour Cassel) a fast-talking, high-rolling gangster who promises to produce the film but has his own unique ideas regarding film financing.

The film and its history are discussed in depth in John Pierson's account of the independent American film 'scene' of the late 1980s/early 1990s, Spike, Mike, Slackers, & Dykes: A Guided Tour Across a Decade of American Independent Cinema.

A Kickstarter project started in July 2017 with hopes of restoring the archival print and release the film for the 25th anniversary.[3] The restored print was released by Factory 25 in 2018. [4]


  1. "In the Soup (1992) - Box Office Mojo".
  2. Maslin, Janet (3 October 1992). "From Art-Loving Gangster To a Menacing Hemophiliac" via
  3. "IN THE SOUP Urgent Restoration & 25th Anniversary Re-Release". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2017-08-01.
  4. "In the Soup | Tribeca Film Festival". Tribeca. Retrieved 2019-08-25.
Preceded by
Sundance Grand Jury Prize: U.S. Dramatic
Succeeded by
Ruby in Paradise
tied with Public Access

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