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Writers (WGA):
Beth Henley (play)
Beth Henley (screenplay)
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Release Date:
19 January 1990 (Sweden) See more »
An explosive comedy!
Carnelle isn't happy with her life, so in order to improve herself she enters a local beauty contest... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Holly Hunter ... Carnelle Scott

Mary Steenburgen ... Elain Rutledge

Tim Robbins ... Delmount Williams

Alfre Woodard ... Popeye Jackson

Scott Glenn ... Mac Sam

Veanne Cox ... Tessy Mahoney

Ann Wedgeworth ... Miss Blue

Trey Wilson ... Benjamin Drapper

Amy Wright ... Missy Mahoney

Kathleen Chalfant ... Miss Lily

Robert Fieldsteel ... Tommy Turner

Greg Germann ... Ronnie Wayne
Avril Gentles ... Mrs. Biggs

Bert Remsen ... Mr. Morton
Angela Turner ... Caroline Jefferson
Lori Hayes ... Sally Chin
Barbara Welch ... Joe Ann Jacobs
Billy Nichols ... Auctioneer
Mitch Saxton ... Mitch
John Burgess ... William

Christine Lahti ... Clara Archer
Wilson Lahti Schlamme ... Baby Willie Archer

Brent Spiner ... Preacher Mann
Bronwen Sennish ... Mrs. Mann
Gene Caldwell ... Old Man
Jewell N. Guion ... Old Woman
Jody Lovett ... Little Delmount
Murray L. Cain ... Bobby Potato
Earle Ingram ... Dude P. Jones
Joyce Murrah ... Ruby Kay
Michael Netherland ... Carnie
Homer Swayze ... Carnie
Eugene P. Williamson ... Carnie
John T. Grantham ... Orphan
Judy Cole ... Catfish Worker
Veronica Cooper ... Catfish Worker
Brenda Fielder ... Catfish Worker

Hoyt Chavers ... Catfish Worker
Ann Wenger ... Catfish Worker
Hardy White Jr. ... Catfish Foreman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christiana Throne ... Little Carnelle
Kevin Ray Alex ... Orphan (uncredited)
Maddux Bennett ... Carnie (uncredited)
Cham Trotter ... Franklin Rutledge (uncredited)

Directed by
Thomas Schlamme 
Writing credits
Beth Henley (play "The Miss Firecracker Contest")

Beth Henley (screenplay)

Produced by
Lewis M. Allen .... executive producer (as Lewis Allen)
Fred Berner .... producer
Richard Coll .... co-producer
Ross Milloy .... executive producer (as Ross E. Milloy)
Helen Pollak .... associate producer
Original Music by
David Mansfield 
Cinematography by
Arthur Albert (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Peter C. Frank 
Casting by
Avy Kaufman 
Mindy Marin 
Production Design by
Kristi Zea 
Art Direction by
Maher Ahmad 
Debra Schutt 
Costume Design by
Molly Maginnis 
Makeup Department
Cydney Cornell .... department head hair stylist
Katherine James .... makeup artist (as Katherine James Cosburn)
Production Management
Fred Berner .... unit production manager
Helen Pollak .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Henry Bronchtein .... first assistant director
Nina Kostroff-Noble .... second assistant director (as Nina Kostroff)
Jan R. Lloyd .... first assistant director (as Jan Lloyd)
Jane Paul .... assistant director
Art Department
Jeff Balsmeyer .... storyboard artist
Robert L. Cain .... on-set dresser
Robert Foose .... set dresser (as Robert Fosse)
Dwayne Grady .... assistant property master
Chris Mood .... painter
Nancie Lee Mosley .... set dresser
Jeffrey Schlatter .... construction coordinator
Arthur Ray Smith .... set dresser
Jay Soday .... art department production assistant
Robert Testerman .... charge scenic (as Bob Testerman)
Mark S. Turner .... stand-by painter
Sound Department
Glenn E. Berkovitz .... sound mixer
Saverio Camporeale .... assistant sound editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Rick Dior .... sound re-recording mixer
Jack Haigis .... sound effects editor
Matthew A. Handal .... assistant sound editor
Raymond Karpicki .... sound editor (as Ray Karpicki)
George A. Lara .... foley mixer
Jane McCulley .... adr editor
Harry Peck Bolles .... sound editor
Kate Sanford .... assistant sound editor
Greg Sheldon .... supervising sound editor
Paul P. Soucek .... foley editor
John T. Grantham .... stunt coordinator (as John Grantham)
Camera and Electrical Department
James Babineaux .... best boy electric
Anthony F. Balderrama .... first assistant camera
Donald Burghardt .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Jack English .... gaffer
Scott Graves .... grip
Philip Holahan .... second camera operator (as Phil Hohahan)
Jim Kwiatkowski .... best boy grip
Jim Kwiatkowski .... key grip
Bob Marshak .... still photographer
Nicola Pecorini .... Steadicam operator
Casting Department
David Glanzer .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Danajean Cicerchi .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Guy Barresi .... assistant editor
Music Department
Ralph Berliner .... music supervisor
Joseph S. DeBeasi .... music editor
Homer Denison .... composer: additional music
James Flatto .... assistant music editor
David Mansfield .... conductor
Patrick Mullins .... music editor
John Moses .... musician: clarinetist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Edwin Bowden Jr. .... transportation captain
Other crew
Olivia Bruce .... production office coordinator
Russ T. Fisher .... key production assistant
Derek Gibbs .... office production assistant
Tracy Gibbs .... office production assistant
Sharon Haskell .... title designer
Don Haynie .... office production assistant
Robert Lang .... set production assistant
Wilson Lye .... set production assistant
Sandra McBride .... location scout
Katie O'Neill .... production associate
Richard Outlaw .... critter wrangler
William Ewell Roberts .... special advisor
Patrice Soriero .... choreographer
Spooky Stevens .... unit publicist
John Jabaley .... production assistant (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
102 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-3 (new rating: 2001) | Iceland:L | Singapore:PG | Sweden:7 | UK:PG | UK:U (DVD rating) | UK:12 (VHS rating) | USA:PG

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Delmount Williams:Please, don't make me treat you like dogs. I don't want to treat you like common dogs.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Gone with the Wind (1939)See more »


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A Dysfunctional Family, 13 May 2014
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

What I expected was a humorous satire on beauty pageants. What I got was a bizarre family drama that had little to do with pageants. The first-half dialogue tells us about Carnelle's (Holly Hunter) plans to be in the contest. But the action mostly centers on peripheral family problems involving Carnelle's two cousins, Elain (Mary Steenburgen), a former winner, and Delmount (Tim Robbins), something of a roving cad. Both just happen to arrive back in Carnelle's small town to be characters in the script.

The second half gets us closer to pageant time. But again, Elain and Delmount dominate the plot so that, for example, as contestants parade on-stage, the camera is on Delmount delivering dialogue tangential to the film's supposed theme on beauty pageants. The one funny moment was a reference, by another character, to bullfrogs that had been dressed in miniature glamorous costumes.

The story's theme is somewhat clichéd: contestants enter pageants for acceptance and love. That may have been true in times past. But I think in today's competitive world, the real motivation is money or a shot at stardom.

Visuals are acceptable. Cinematography is competent though conventional. That the film was shot on location in Mississippi adds some realism to the setting. Casting and acting are okay, I guess. Background music trends nondescript and unmemorable.

This film could have been so much more. I don't know anything about the play upon which the film is based. But I might have enjoyed the movie more if the writers had scrapped the original material and wrote an original story that put the focus on the pageant rather than on a dysfunctional family.

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