Dennis Hopper and Michael Madsen star in this darkly comic thriller about the seedier side of Hollywood. Hopper plays Frankie, a kind-hearted gopher working for the Hollywood Mafia, whose main line of business is making porno movies. Constantly tyrannised by his violent and unpredictable boss, Sal (Madsen), Frankie sees the way out of the gutter lies in making his own movie. In return for placing his bets, Frankie enlists the help of Joey (Keifer Sutherland), a wannabe Hollywood director paying off his gambling debts to Sal by making his skin flicks. However Sal has many eyes on the street and sees what Frankie's up to. His reaction is swift and unrelenting, forcing Frankie to watch as he mockingly films the torture of Joey and Margaret (Darryl Hannah), a porn actress whom Frankie secretly loves. Vengeance, not escape, now plagues Frankie's mind as he vows to make Sal pay... in more ways than one.