Nicolas Cage in: Never on Tuesday

Never on Tuesday

Released in 1988 ▪ Review posted October 20, 2014

“Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit

And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes,

I will be brief: your noble son is mad.”

Polonius (Hamlet)

In the 1988 movie Never on Tuesday, two horny young fellows from flyover country set out for California in search of bitchin’ babes, but are stranded on a stretch of highway in the middle of nowhere when they get into a car accident with a sexy woman named Tuesday. The three of them wait for help by the side of the road, learning about each other and growing as people. Though the movie was released directly to VHS, it was written and directed by Adam Rifkin when he was just 22, and features a cavalcade of cameos from well known actors like Charlie Sheen, Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Gilbert Gottfried—and Nicolas Cage. Here is his entire 30-second performance.

Never on Tuesday is a low-budget movie from the ’80s through and through, but by no means is it bad. It has funny moments and a lot of well composed, if basic, camera shots. It subverts the stock movie plot about inexperienced guys awkwardly trying to conquer a female by portraying Tuesday as a confident lesbian, almost as much a subject of the story as the two dudes. By the end of the film, the dudes begin to view women more as humans and less as objects.

Every motorist that passes by the stranded group is an uncredited cameo. All the characters they portray match Cage in outrageousness, but Cage’s performance was unique. I wish he did moments like this in more movies. He could find a new mainstream acceptance by adopting the persona of gonzo cameo artist, popping in and out of films at will, fully unleashing Nouveau Shamanic for each little character. Unfortunately, I don’t think that kind of fame is serious enough for Nic. Maybe when he’s older.

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