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Adverse (film)

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Directed byBrian Metcalf
Produced byBrian Metcalf
Thomas Nicholas
Kelly Arjen
Written byBrian Metcalf
  • Thomas Nicholas
  • Lou Diamond Phillips
  • Sean Astin
  • Kelly Arjen
  • Penelope Ann Miller
  • Mickey Rourke
Music byAlex Kharlamov
CinematographyDerrick Cohan
Black Jellybeans Productions
Potato Eater Productions
Red Compass Media
Release date
  • February 28, 2020 (2020-02-28) (Fantasporto)
CountryUnited States

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Adverse is a 2020 American crime thriller drama film written and directed by Brian Metcalf and starring Thomas Nicholas, Lou Diamond Phillips, Sean Astin, Kelly Arjen, Penelope Ann Miller, and Mickey Rourke. It premiered at Fantasporto Film Festival, Portugal's largest film festival.[1] Both Deadline and Variety announced that the film's director Brian Metcalf won a Platinum Remi Award for Adverse at the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival.[2]

Both Deadline Hollywood and Variety announced that Lionsgate's Grindstone Entertainment would be distributing the film. It is expected to open in theaters on January 23, 2021.[3][4]


  • Thomas Nicholas as Ethan
  • Lou Diamond Phillips as Dr. Cruz
  • Sean Astin as Frankie
  • Kelly Arjen as Mia
  • Penelope Ann Miller as Nicole
  • Mickey Rourke as Kaden
  • Jake T. Austin as Lars
  • Matt Ryan as Jake
  • Andrew Keegan as Jan
  • Aaron Schwartz as Detective Mitchell
  • Charlene Amoia as Mary
  • Jesse Garcia as Detective Ranie


Principal photography began in Los Angeles in October 2018.[5] On January 17, 2019, it was confirmed that filming had been completed.[6] The film will have its premiere at FantasPorto 2020, a film festival held in Oporto, Portugal, in February 2020.[7]


  1. McNary, Dave (23 January 2020). "Mickey Rourke's 'Adverse' Opens Fantasporto Festival". Variety. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  2. "2020 Remi Winners". Worldfest.org.
  3. Ramos, Dino (15 September 2020). "Grindstone Entertainment Group Acquires Neo-Noir Thriller 'Adverse'". Deadline.
  4. McNary, Dave (9 September 2020). "Mickey Rourke's 'Adverse' Bought by Grindstone". Variety.
  5. N'Duka, Amanda (30 October 2018). "Mickey Rourke, Lou Diamond Phillips & More Star In 'Adverse' Drama From Brian A. Metcalf". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  6. McNary, Dave (7 November 2018). "Mickey Rourke to Produce, Star in Crime Drama 'Twilight Into Darkness'". Variety. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  7. Pinto, João. "Interview With Bria A.Metcalfe, the Director of Adverse That Will Premier at FantasPorto" (in Portuguese). PortalCinema.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)

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