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Shy People (1987)

R | | Drama | 11 March 1988 (USA)
New York journalist visits her distant cousin for the first time to write an article about her hard life in the bayous of Louisiana. Journalist's wild drug addicted daughter just adds to tensions between two families' cultures.

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(as Andrei Konchalovsky)

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(story) (as Andrei Konchalovsky), (screenplay) (as Gerard Brach) | 2 more credits »
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2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Diana
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Ruth
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Grace
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Mike
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Tommy
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Mark
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Paul
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Candy
Michael Audley ...
Louie
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Larry
Tony Epper ...
Jake
Paul Landry ...
Henry
Warren Battiste ...
Dick
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Chuck
Vladimir Bibic ...
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Storyline

New York pretentious Diana Sullivan is writing a series of articles on the theme of "family" for Cosmopolitan magazine. Primarily to keep an eye on her but also because of the personal connection, Diana invites her mid-teen daughter, Grace Sullivan, to accompany her on a trip to research the next in the series, dealing with their own family, most specifically a wing that lives deep in the backwaters of the Louisiana bayou, which has been largely overtaken by oil companies of late. They are most directly connected by brothers: Diana's grandfather Mike, and Joe, the patriarch of the Louisiana wing. Diana and Grace have never met their Louisiana relations, they in turn who do not even know that Diana and Grace exist. As difficult as it becomes, Diana and Grace are able to meet their Louisiana relations, led by Joe's widowed young wife, Ruth Sullivan, who acts as if Joe is still with them, who sees anything related to the city as suspect, and who rules her household with an iron fist to ... Written by Huggo

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11 March 1988 (USA)  »

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Aru Hitobito  »

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$769,119 (USA)
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Hummin' the Blues
Written by Michael Bishop
Performed by Michael Bishop and John Bigham
Produced by Michael Bishop and Barry Rudolph
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A haunting tale of shallow city life vs. that of relative isolation
1 April 1999 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

This film seems at first pretentious and then very thoughtful.

It begins as a shallow magazine photographer and her daughter travel deep into the Bayou to research their family history. As they meet and establish relationships with their cousins, the story evolves into a truly haunting display of modern life vs. isolation, and the ways in which people relate to each other. Barbara Hershey is especially excellent as a tough but deeply loving widow.


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