The Linguini Incident

The Linguini Incident (released on home video as Shag-O-Rama) is a 1991 American crime comedy film set in New York starring David Bowie and Rosanna Arquette. The film was directed by Richard Shepard, who co-wrote the script with Tamar Brott. The name refers to linguini, a type of pasta.

The Linguini Incident
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Directed byRichard Shepard
Written byTamar Brott
Richard Shepard
Produced bySarah Jackson
Arnold Orgolini
StarringRosanna Arquette
David Bowie
Eszter Balint
Marlee Matlin
Buck Henry
Viveca Lindfors
CinematographyRobert Yeoman
Music byThomas Newman
Distributed byAcademy Entertainment
Release date
  • May 1, 1991 (1991-05-01)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States


A British bartender, Monte, wishes to marry a waitress at the restaurant he works, ostensibly so he can get his green card. Waitress and aspiring escape artist, Lucy, and hopeful lingerie designer Vivian, wish to rob Monte's and Lucy's employer in order to fund their ambitions. Monte agrees to help the duo rob the restaurant so long as Lucy marries him. While the robbery does not go precisely according to plan, the trio are successful. However, Lucy accidentally leaves Monte at the altar, causing him to lose a two million dollar bet with the restaurant owners that he could marry a waitress in a week. In a Double or nothing scenario, Monte wagers Lucy's skills as an escape artist. He tricks the women into playing along, claiming that the bosses found out about the robbery. The women appear to forgive him for lying about the circumstances of the escape performance. The two women rob the restaurant a second time. The relationship of the women and Monte remains ambiguous in the end.


Iman and Julian Lennon have brief cameos in the movie.[1]


The movie was released to VHS in 1992.

Critical responseEdit

Reviews of the movie were mostly negative. Empire magazine gave the movie one star out of five, calling it "an unbearably protracted dud".[2] Variety magazine called the movie an "uninspired, poverty row production" and lamented the miscasting of Bowie in the lead role.[1] In contrast, Janet Maslin of The New York Times gave the film a positive review, and approved of Bowie's casting.[3] TV Guide gave the movie 2 stars out of 5.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Cohn, Lawrence (May 4, 1992). "Review: The Linguini Incident". Variety. Los Angeles, California: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  2. ^ "Reviews: The Linguini Incident". London, England: Bauer Media Group. 1 January 2000. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  3. ^ Maslin, Janet (May 1, 1992). "Movies: The Linguini Incident". The New York Times. New York City. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  4. ^ "The Linguini Incident (Review)". TV Guide. New York City: CBS Corporation. Retrieved February 20, 2015.

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