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Hugo Pool

Hugo Pool
Hugo Pool DVD cover
Hugo Pool DVD cover
Directed by Robert Downey, Sr.
Produced by Barbara Ligeti
Written by
  • Robert Downey, Sr.
  • Laura Downey
Music by Danilo Pérez
Cinematography Joseph Montgomery
Editing by Joe D'Augustine
  • BMG Independents
  • Nomadic Pictures
Distributed by Northern Arts Entertainment
Release date(s) December 12, 1997 (1997-12-12)
Running time 92 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $13,330 (domestic)

Hugo Pool (also known as Pool Girl in the UK[1]) is a 1997 American romantic comedy film, directed by Robert Downey, Sr., starring Alyssa Milano and Patrick Dempsey.


Hugo Dugay (Alyssa Milano) runs a small company, Hugo Pool, that cleans swimming pools in Los Angeles. The film covers one day in her life, during which she must clean many pools in the midst of a drought that interferes with her usual water supply. In addition to dealing with several eccentric customers, including mobster Chick Chicalini (Richard Lewis) and filmmaker Franz Mazur (Robert Downey, Jr.), Hugo must care for her needy parents Minerva (Cathy Moriarty) and Henry (Malcolm McDowell). Also, Hugo may be falling in love with Floyd Gaylen (Patrick Dempsey), a customer of hers who has ALS.



The film was written by Robert Downey, Sr. and his wife Laura, who died of ALS.[2][3]


In an unfavorable review for The Village Voice, Elizabeth Weitzman criticized many of the performances, with the exceptions of Dempsey, for giving an understated performance, Downey Jr., "whose talents cannot be destroyed no matter what horrors he puts them through," and Milano, "whose natural performance appears to have been cut and pasted from another (better) movie," though she "can't turn around without the camera lewdly ogling her."[4] A Variety review states, "the movie seldom achieves the quirky, zany rhythm it strives for"; Hugo Pool is "a comedy that should have been messier and more outrageous." Like The Village Voice, Variety praises the performances of Dempsey, Milano and Downey Jr. above other cast members. The review notes the film's visual accomplishments and production, stating, "Production values are first-rate, including Joe Montgomery's radiant lensing, Lauren Gabor's colorful production design, Danilo Perez's vibrant music and Joe D'Augustine's crisp editing.[5]


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