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The Unbelievable Truth
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8 November 1990 (Australia) See more »
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After serving time for murder, Josh Hutton returns to his home town where me meets Audry Hugo. No one can remember exactly what Josh did... See more » | Add synopsis »
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2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Interesting first attempt by Hartley See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Adrienne Shelly ... Audry

Robert John Burke ... Josh (as Robert Burke)
Chris Cooke ... Vic Hugo (as Christopher Cooke)
Julia McNeal ... Pearl
Katherine Mayfield ... Liz Hugo
Gary Sauer ... Emmet
Mark Chandler Bailey ... Mike (as Mark Bailey)
David Healy ... Todd Whitbread

Matt Malloy ... Otis: Driver - Bum

Edie Falco ... Jane - The Waitress
Jeff Howard ... Irate Driver

Kelly Reichardt ... His Wife
Ross Turner ... Their Son

Paul Schulze ... Bill (as Paul Schultze)
Mike Brady ... Bob

Bill Sage ... Gus

Tom Thon ... News Vendor
Mary Sue Flynn ... Girl at Counter

Directed by
Hal Hartley 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hal Hartley  written by (uncredited)

Produced by
Jerome Brownstein .... executive producer
Hal Hartley .... co-producer
Bruce Weiss .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Jim Coleman 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Alan Spiller (director of photography) (as Michael Spiller)
 
Film Editing by
Hal Hartley 
 
Production Design by
Carla Gerona 
 
Set Decoration by
Sarah Stollman 
 
Makeup Department
Judy Chin .... hair stylist
Judy Chin .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Bob Gosse .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ted Hope .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Daniel Ouellette .... property master
Steve Rosenzweig .... graphic artist
 
Sound Department
Nick Gomez .... sound recordist
Jeff Kushner .... boom operator
Reilly Steele .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Breen .... additional grip
Sarah Cawley .... first assistant camera
Joe Cochran .... best boy
Tory Estern .... additional gaffer
Anne Gwynn .... additional second assistant camera
Richard Ludwig .... still photographer
Tami Reiker .... second assistant camera
Chris Rogers .... key grip
Neil Shapiro .... additional second assistant camera
Frank Stubblefield .... gaffer
Heather White .... additional second assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kelly Reichardt .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Nick Gomez .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
The Brothers Kendall .... performer: additional songs
Jim Coleman .... musician: keyboard sampling
Wild Blue Yonder .... performer: additional songs
 
Other crew
Kaethe Fine .... office coordinator
Paul Giorgi .... production assistant
Peter Grand .... continuity advisor
Dan Leiner .... production assistant
Mary McGloughlin .... production assistant
Megan O'Niel .... production assistant
Chris Parlow .... production assistant
Harriet Phillimore .... production assistant
Ilene Podgur .... production assistant
Ann Ruark .... script supervisor
Andy Sands .... production assistant
Greg Skorka .... production assistant
 

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90 min
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Trivia:
Film debut of Matt Malloy.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Audry and Emmet are walking in the street rite after Audry tells Emmet she does not want to go out with him anymore if you look behind Audry you can see a car approach the corner and a crew member directing the car to turn left so it does not interfere with the shot, the crew member even walks up to the car.See more »
Quotes:
Audry:I decided I can have faith in what I can't see.
Josh Hutton:What do you wanna see?
Audry:The world.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Cinefile: Made in the USA (1993) (TV)See more »

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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Interesting first attempt by Hartley, 4 December 2003
Author: kintopf432 (kintopf432@hotmail.com) from St. Paul, MN

First feature by eccentric writer/director Hal Hartley turns out to be one of his most accessible films. Unfortunately, it's also a little boring. The problem here is the same as that of Peter Greenaway's `The Pillow Book,' or any film that departs from its auteur's trademark style; that is, it isn't weird enough for the director's devotees, but it's too weird for anybody else. Of course, as a first film, `The Unbelievable Truth' isn't a departure, it's an experiment, and so fans of Hartley's later work aren't likely to feel as alienated as they would if he had made it after establishing himself with absurdist little indie comedies like `Trust,' `Surviving Desire,' and `Simple Men.' Hartley's signature quirks--non-sequiter-laden dialogue, slapstick, existentialist rhetoric, and deliberately flat performances--are all there, but in muted, almost embryonic form. This was the only Hartley feature I hadn't seen, and it's hard to imagine what it would have been like to see it without knowing his other films--from the other comments posted here, it appears impressions vary. Myself, I found it a bit slow, and I kept wishing he would crank the artifice up to the level of his later films, or at least his later early films. Still, while I don't feel it's his strongest work, it's always interesting, and the performances by Hartley icons Adrienne Shelley and Robert John Burke (how young he looks!) give the film an emotional honesty that more than pays off. 7 out of 10.

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