This World, Then the Fireworks

This World, Then the Fireworks is a 1997 American crime drama film directed by Michael Oblowitz and starring Billy Zane, Gina Gershon and Sheryl Lee.[1] The screenplay is based on a short story of the same name by Jim Thompson.

This World, Then the Fireworks
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMichael Oblowitz
Produced by
Screenplay byLarry Gross
Based on"This World, Then the Fireworks"
by Jim Thompson
Music byPete Rugolo
CinematographyTom Priestley Jr.
Edited byEmma E. Hickox
Distributed by
Release date
  • July 11, 1997 (1997-07-11)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$51,618


As children, Marty and Carol Lakewood, fraternal twins, witness a brutal murder involving their father. They grow up to become depraved and incestuous adults, living in Los Angeles in the mid-1950s.

Marty is a skillful journalist, but grows bored with every new job and is easily distracted. When he seduces a young police officer, Lois Archer, and discovers she owns a beach house, Marty sets out to double-cross her and make the property his own.

Carol is a heartless prostitute, willing to go to any lengths to con men out of their money, or make them pay in other ways. Powerless to stop them is Mrs. Lakewood, a weak-willed woman who suspects the terrible truth in her children's relationship, but knows no way to stop it.



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