Mr. Sadman | Chicago Reader

Mr. Sadman

Scarred by a knife-wielding attacker, a body double for Saddam Hussein loses his job on the eve of the gulf war and, for reasons unexplained, flies to Los Angeles, where he’s adopted as a mascot by kindly strangers and abused as a freak by unkindly ones. This silent soul (played by Al No’mani) gets exposed to Western pop culture and tries on various personas (Bruce Lee, Prince, and Travis Bickle of Taxi Driver). Frat boys get him high and strand him at an orgy, gangbangers mug him for his shoes, and two federal agents named Wang and Johnson bungle their attempts to find and detain him. The story may sound funny on paper, but this indie comedy by writer-director Patrick Epino is tonally scrambled, wearyingly episodic, and far too dependent on its central sight gag. 85 min.

Credits

Director:

  • Patrick Epino

Cast:

  • Al No'mani
  • Scoot McNairy
  • Rudy Ramos
  • Amanda Fuller
  • Tim Kang
  • Cameron Bender
  • Ricky Harris
  • Patricia De Leon
  • Charisma McKorn
  • Jordan Boggess
  • Tyler Moore
  • Mike Dunay
  • Lee Kunz
  • Sam Sako
  • Sammy Sheik
  • Maz Siam
  • Dylan Ramsey

Producers:

  • Rain Breaw
  • Patrick Epino
  • Cindy Fang

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