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9 November 1990 (UK) See more »
Sometimes terrible things happen quite naturally
A young boy tries to cope with rural life circa 1950s and his fantasies become a way to interpret events... See more » | Add synopsis »
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So dark, it makes Blue Velvet almost feel like a romantic comedy! See more (72 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Viggo Mortensen ... Cameron Dove

Lindsay Duncan ... Dolphin Blue

Jeremy Cooper ... Seth Dove

Sheila Moore ... Ruth Dove

Duncan Fraser ... Luke Dove

David Longworth ... Joshua
Robert Koons ... Sheriff Ticker
David Bloom ... Deputy
Evan Hall ... Kim
Codie Lucas Wilbee ... Eben
Sherry Bie ... Cassie
Jason Wolff ... Cadillac Driver (as Jason Wolfe)
Dean Hass ... Passenger

Guy Buller ... Passenger
Jason Brownlow ... Passenger
Jeff Walker ... Adam Blue

Joyce Robbins ... Twin (as Joyce)

Jacqueline Robbins ... Twin
Debi Greenawdt ... First Woman
Sandra Redmond ... Second Woman
Walt Healy ... Old Man

Directed by
Philip Ridley 
Writing credits
Philip Ridley (written by)

Produced by
Dominic Anciano .... producer
Jim Beach .... executive producer
Ray Burdis .... producer
Les Kimber .... line producer: Canada
Diane Roberts .... co-producer (as Di Roberts)
Original Music by
Nick Bicât 
Cinematography by
Dick Pope (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Scott Thomas 
Casting by
Therese Reinsch  (as Therese Reinsch)
Victoria Thomas  (as Vickie Thomas)
Art Direction by
Rick Roberts 
Set Decoration by
Andrea French 
Costume Design by
Joanne Hansen (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Iloe Flewelling .... hair stylist
Al Magallon .... makeup artist
Production Management
Les Kimber .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Douglas Berquist .... second assistant director
Don French .... first assistant director
Andrew Price .... third assistant director
Art Department
Alfred A. Arndt .... construction coordinator (as Alf Arndt)
Robert Barry .... carpenter
Janice Blackie-Goodine .... assistant set decorator (as Janice Blackie)
Calvin Boze .... assistant art director
Robert Everett .... carpenter
George Griffiths .... painter
Bruce Hosick .... property master
J.A. Johnson .... painter (as J. A. Johnson)
Ken Merrelle .... assistant property master (as Ken Merrells)
Ken Wills .... set dresser
David Trainor .... prop builder (uncredited)
Sound Department
Arabella Hutter .... assistant sound editor
Alan Knight .... sound editor
George Tarrant .... sound recordist
Aad Wirtz .... dubbing mixer
Kelly Zombor .... boom operator (as Kelly Zombar)
Garry Fiferman .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Lee Routly .... special effects
Bill Ferguson .... fight arranger
Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas Best .... camera department trainee
Gary Buffie .... electrician
Douglas Curran .... stills (as Doug Curran)
Theo Eglseder .... first assistant camera
Jim Gregor .... gaffer
Chris Hassen .... second assistant camera
Wayne MacConnell .... camera operator (as Wayne Macconnell)
Chris Merrells .... grip
Frank Merrells .... key grip
T. Dean Merrells .... best boy
Dick Pope .... camera operator
Carey Toner .... dolly grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carol Case .... cutter
B.J. Elliott .... assistant wardrobe (as B. J. Elliott)
Joanne Hansen .... wardrobe mistress
Stephanie Woods .... seamstress
Editorial Department
Larry Becker .... second assistant editor
Richard Benwick .... assistant editor (as Rick Benwick)
Patrick O'Neill .... assistant editor (as Pat O'Neill)
Location Management
Joe Thornton .... location manager
Music Department
The Chamber Orchestra of London .... music performers (as London Chamber Orchestra)
Keith Grant .... music recordist
Christopher Warren-Green .... music director (as Christopher Warren Green)
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Cy Barry .... transportation coordinator
Diana Brockhurst .... driver
Jack Cundy .... driver
Rick Garbutt .... driver: camera truck (as A. Richard Garbutt)
Blake Patterson .... driver
Other crew
Mike Ashwell .... executive: for Jim Beach (as Michael Ashwell)
Karen Bédard .... script supervisor (as Karen Bedard)
Gwen Cundy .... production receptionist
Kaye Grieve .... unit publicity
Nancy Gullett .... production coordinator
Laurie Hawes .... production accountant
Mary Hosick .... unit nurse
Kim Kennedy .... production assistant
Michael Larkins .... production accountant
Glenn Miller .... security
Brenda Terning .... production assistant
Abel Urbina .... production assistant
Emma Ward .... assistant to the producers
Bob Waugh .... security: Exclusive Security
Richard Morrison .... title designer (uncredited)
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Rated R for intense violent behavior, and for sensuality
96 min | Canada:115 min (Ontario)
Color (Technicolor)
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Director Philip Ridley stated that he hand painted all the wheat yellow because he preferred the look of itSee more »
Ruth Dove:Have you been exploding frogs again?See more »
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11 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
So dark, it makes Blue Velvet almost feel like a romantic comedy!, 15 August 2005
Author: NateManD from Bloomsburg PA

In the 1950's era, Seth Dove, a young seven year old deals with his highly dysfunctional family. The film takes place in the farmlands of Idaho. The strange neighbor women Dolphin Blue lives close to Seth. He's convinced that she is a vampire. Mainly because Seth reads to many comics and has a wild imagination. When Seth and his friends blow up a frog and it explodes on Dolphin, his mother forces him to go to her house and apologize. Dolphin is very strange and constantly talks of her dead husband. Meanwhile a serial killer is on the loose killing the towns children. Seth's dad is accused. To prove his innocents in a manic depressive way, he drinks gasoline and lights himself on fire. This scene kind of reminded me of Jodorowsky's "Santa Sangre". After the father's death, Seth's brother returns from the military and starts dating Dolphin. Seth is afraid that she wants to suck the life out of him. Seth also finds a dead baby in a pile of hay. He keeps it under his bed convinced it's an angel of his dead friend. British playwright and author Philip Ridley's debut film "The Reflecting Skin" is very bleak and disturbing. At times reminiscent of David Lynch; it's a surreal coming of age drama that shows a kids perspective on tragedy. This is probably one of the most depressing films I've seen next to "Dancer in the Dark". Although very bleak it's still an excellent film. Also check out Ridley's other film "The Passion of Darkly Noon".

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