The Underneath

Released 1995


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The Underneath

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Steven Soderbergh
The Underneath is a 1995 dramatic crime thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh. In this film, Michael Chambers (Peter Gallagher) is a family outcast returning home to Austin, Texas to celebrate his mother's (Anjanette Comer) new marriage. The source of Michael's isolation is his former gambling problem. His addiction was so severe that no one including his mother, brother, David (Adam Trese), or his wife, Rachel (Allison Elliott), wanted anything to do with him anymore. Now Michael hopes that returning home is a chance at redemption with the ones he cares most about. Unfortunately for Michael, his brother David is still angry with him and his wife has moved on. When Michael left, his wife was forced to deal with all the consequences of his gambling including a huge pile of debt he created. She has a new boyfriend, Tommy Dundee (William Fichtner), who is a mean man that nobody is dumb enough to mess with. Michael sees Rachael is underneath Tommy's control and wants to risk everything to save her from his controlling grip.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    By the end of the film the 1949 film noir sources are plainly in view, but earlier, Soderbergh seems more interested in personality quirks than double-crosses, and those are the mo...

  • 60

    The New York Times

    The Underneath is too chaotic to work as a thriller. The suspense kicks in too late and blends uneasily with the rest of the film. But the movie has other sorts of appeal. At heart...

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    The Underneath doesn't add up. Made with polish and assurance, capably acted and intricately constructed, its overall impact is less than these parts would indicate. It is good but...

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Psychological, Thrillers, Gambling