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Slaves of New York -- Benadette Peters stars in this ironic film based on Tama Janowitz's best-selling collection of short stories that defined the downtown New York art scene of the 1980s


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Tama Janowitz (based on the stories by)
Tama Janowitz (screenplay)
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March 1989 (USA) See more »
Eleanor lives with the artist Stash. Just like his artist friends, he is completely unknown but is waiting for the big break... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Bernadette Peters ... Eleanor

Chris Sarandon ... Victor Okrent

Mary Beth Hurt ... Ginger Booth
Madeleine Potter ... Daria
Adam Coleman Howard ... Stash

Jsu Garcia ... Marley (as Nick Corri)
Charles McCaughan ... Sherman
John Harkins ... Chuck Dade Dolger

Mercedes Ruehl ... Samantha
Joe Leeway ... Jonny Jalouse

Anna Katarina ... Mooshka
Bruce Peter Young ... Mikell

Michael Schoeffling ... Jan

Steve Buscemi ... Wilfredo
Jonas Abry ... Mickey
Stephen Bastone ... Chauffeur
Denise Beaumont ... Ballerina (as Denise Marie Beaumont)

Mark Boone Junior ... Mitch (as Mark Boone Jr.)
Dianne Brill ... Jagger
Michael Butler ... Performance Artist
Richie Cannata ... Saxophonist
Johann Carlo ... Performance artist
Betty Comden ... Mrs. Wheeler

Anthony Crivello ... Hairdresser
Raye Dowell ... Cheerleader

Christine Dunford ... B (as Christine Mary Dunford)
Stash Franklin ... Graffiti Artist
Kevin John Gee ... Kyoshi
Aaron Goodstone ... Graffiti Artist
Adam Green ... Max

Tammy Grimes ... Georgette
Louis Guss ... Vardig
Rich Hara ... Tetsu

George Harris ... Super
Francine Hunter ... Hairdresser
Paul Jabara ... Derelict

Sakina Jaffrey ... Wilfredo's receptionist
Tama Janowitz ... Abby

Ken Kensei ... Kiochi
Freddy Korner ... Party guest

Anthony LaPaglia ... Henry (as Anthony La Paglia)
Kim Laresse ... Ballerina

Jennifer Lee ... Polly
Philip Lenkowsky ... Fritz
Maura Moynihan ... Mona
Harsh Nayyar ... Dr. Pandiya
Suzanne O'Neill ... Victor's receptionist
Lázaro Pérez ... Bill (as Lazaro Perez)
Dustin Pittman ... Party guest
Paul Potter ... Simon St. Simon
Paige Powell ... Party Guest
Mark Robinson ... Derelict
Stillman Rockefeller ... Man Who Paints

Richard Steinmetz ... Party Guest
Michael David Tanney ... Toddler

Stanley Tucci ... Darryl

Julian Scott Urena ... Vandal (as Fabio Urena)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Harris II ... Super

Charles Pendelton ... Eddie
John D. Bair ... Photographer (uncredited)
Carrie Jiler ... Blood Pressure Girl On Street (uncredited)

Ismail Merchant ... Party Guest (uncredited)

George Nemeh ... Limousine Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
James Ivory 
Writing credits
Tama Janowitz (based on the stories by)

Tama Janowitz (screenplay)

Produced by
Vincent Fremont .... associate producer
Gary Hendler .... producer
Fred Hughes .... associate producer
Ismail Merchant .... producer
Original Music by
Richard Robbins 
Cinematography by
Tony Pierce-Roberts 
Film Editing by
Katherine Wenning 
Casting by
Howard Feuer 
Production Design by
David Gropman 
Art Direction by
Karen Schulz Gropman  (as Karen Schulz)
Set Decoration by
Carol Nast 
Costume Design by
Carol Ramsey 
Makeup Department
Ma Kalaadevi Ananda .... makeup designer (as Marilyn Carbone)
McKinley Kirby .... hair stylist: Miss Potter
McKinley Kirby .... makeup designer: Miss Potter
Anthony Sorrentino .... hair stylist
Honey Twigg .... makeup artist: fashion show models
Production Management
Mary Kane .... production manager
Donald Rosenfeld .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
R.D. Hawley Richard .... first assistant director (as Richard Hawley)
Timothy J. Lonsdale .... second assistant director (as Timothy Lonsdale)
Art Department
Jeff Balsmeyer .... storyboard artist
Scott Buckwald .... art department shopper
Matthew Corey .... art department assistant (as Matt Corey)
Anthony Dunne .... construction coordinator (as Tony Dunne)
Ann Edgeworth .... assistant property master
Stash Franklin .... main title artwork (as Stash Josh Franklin)
Peter Gelfman .... set dresser
Sandy Hamilton .... property master
Brent Haywood .... key set builder
Jennifer Ingram .... set dresser
Patrick Kennedy .... painter: Stash's paintings
Bill Lehne .... key set builder (as William Lehne)
John Ralbovsky .... scenic artist (as John A. Ralbovsky)
Victor J. Zolfo .... key set dresser (as Victor Zalfo)
Sound Department
Randall Coleman .... assistant adr editor (as Randy Coleman)
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer
Keith Gardner .... boom operator
Tom Nelson .... sound recordist
Dan Sable .... sound editor
Lynn Sable .... assistant sound editor
Deborah Wallach .... adr editor
Special Effects by
J.C. Brotherhood .... special effects
Steven Kirshoff .... special effects (as Steve Kirshoff)
Matt Vogel .... special effects
Ren Campbell .... stunt double (as Karen Kennedy)
Camera and Electrical Department
Aaron Anawalt .... grip
Robert M. Andres .... key grip (as Robert Andres)
Nico Bally .... grip
Robin Brown .... second assistant camera
Joe Buscaglia .... additional first assistant camera
Richard Dobbs .... dolly grip
William Farber .... best boy electric
John McElwain .... best boy grip
Barbara Nitke .... Steadicam operator
Marc Rogers .... gaffer
Jeffery J. Tufano .... first assistant camera (as Jeff Tufano)
Joel David Warren .... still photographer (as Joel Warren)
Scott Williams .... third electrician
Casting Department
Judy Claman .... extras casting
Dennis Osborne .... casting associate (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Denise Andres .... wardrobe supervisor
Barbara Hause .... wardrobe supervisor
Varcra Russal .... wardrobe assistant
Mary Sheldon .... costume technician
Stephen Sprouse .... costumes: fashion show
Editorial Department
Mark Ginsberg .... color timer
Kate MacDonald .... assistant editor
Andrew Marcus .... associate editor
Kate McDonald Roth .... assistant editor (as Kate McDonald)
Tom San Martin .... negative matcher
Arnold Shuster .... negative matcher
Joe Violante .... dailies advisor (as Joseph Violante)
Music Department
Michael Farrow .... music recording engineer: RCA Studio C New York City
Scott Lehrer .... music recording engineer: Passport Recording New York City
Vlad Naslas .... composer: theme
Transportation Department
Edward O'Donnell .... driver
Other crew
Deborah Bacquel .... production auditor
Fred Buchholz .... performing props
Patricia Anne Doherty .... location manager (as Patty Doherty)
Granville Greene .... production assistant
Carolyn Jacobs .... script supervisor
Margot Lulick .... assistant location manager (as Margo Lulick)
Linda Marshall-Smith .... location assistant
Steve McAuliff .... animal trainer
Cathy Mortensen .... unit publicist
Thomas Reilly .... teamster captain
M. Ross-Michaels .... production auditor (as Ross Michaels)
Andrew Sears .... first assistant accountant
Stephen Sprouse .... clothes: fashion show
Quincy Z. Gunderson .... location assistant (uncredited)
Ed Koch .... special thanks (as Edward I. Koch Mayor)
Pat Scott .... special thanks (as Patricia Reed Scott)

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124 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

The film Eleanor and Abby are watching while getting their haircuts is Holiday (1938).See more »
Eleanor:What happened? Where were you?
Stash:Daria was helping me at the studio and I walked her home and took her dog for a walk and it was attacked by a cheetah.
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Movie Connections:
Features Holiday (1938)See more »
O ruddier than the cherrySee more »


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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Sadly underrated film, 19 March 2001
Author: Muffy St. Bernard ( from Waterloo, Ontario

It can't be easy to bring a Tama Janowitz novel to the screen. Her characters are strange and chronically flawed. Her plots progress like real life -- loosely, with lots of extraneous details and false starts -- yet contain a lot of wacky situations which we have trouble relating to reality (until we really think about it, and realize it's weird because it REALLY HAPPENS, everyday). I love her sense of humour and her style of writing, especially since her novels don't follow a traditional form of plot development.

That said, this movie could have been better. I don't think that the split-screen presentation of different scenes works at all, and many of the actors don't seem to understand why they're uttering the lines -- I don't think they "get it." Adam Coleman Howard (Stash) struggles valiantly, but always seems one step behind his character. Madeleine Potter (Daria) isn't very convincing either. Bruce Peter Young (Mikell) looks by turns bored and baffled. And -- perhaps the biggest injustice of all -- the knight in shining armour at the end is a terrible actor; instead of being happy and hopeful at the emergence -- finally! -- of a single genuine person in Eleanor's life, I couldn't get beyond his wooden delivery.

Everyone else is great, however. Bernadette Peters seems tailor-made to star in a Janowitz adaptation, as do many of the other oddball characters (Wilfredo, Mooshka, Samantha, the Japanese film crew). Things pick up in the second half, and it certainly gets funnier as it goes along...Eleanor mentions a dream she had the other night about a baby with long arms and legs like a chimpanzee, "but it was cute." The party (and the blender) is a blast. After so long in more-or-less quiet neutral, the last half hour kicks into gear.

Some people mentioned, "how could Eleanor put up with Stash?" Well, look around, sadly...there are lots of Eleanors and lots of Stash's (people who are "abridged" like their "tentacles have been cut off at the wrist"). As for the odd artsy SoHo this film to "Mondo New York" and see that, if anything, Janowitz has missed out on a few bizarre and self-indulgent art types.

Don't expect to be on the edge of your seat when you watch this one. Just sit back, enjoy, and take it for what it is: an expose on the New York art world in the 80's, and an examination of one woman attempting to deal with a city full of shallow, uncaring, jealous and stupid people.

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