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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 »
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The truth is , this is an unbelievably intriguing film...bravo! See more (21 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 Spiller (director of photography)
 
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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Filmed in just 11 days.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?
Josh Hutton:The world.
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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
The truth is , this is an unbelievably intriguing film...bravo!, 4 December 2006
Author: Amy Adler from Toledo, Ohio

Audry (Adrienne Shelly) is a brainy and beautiful girl living in Long Island. She has just been accepted to Harvard, no less, but has to bargain with her father about attending the famous school. She is just turning 18 and wants to major in literature. Father insists on her getting a part time job and choosing to study communications. At this moment on LI, also, a convicted man has just returned to his home turf. His name is Josh and no one is sure what he did, but it seems that he killed two or more people. Audry has a chance meeting with him and is smitten. She even gets him a job at her father's automobile shop. How in the world is this a match made in heaven? No description is really adequate to relate the events in this film. Rather than plot driven, it is a quirky, intelligent film where conversation and the unexpected reign mightily. The script is just stunning. Where else, I might suggest, can you view a film that offers explanations on the merits of Moliere's Misanthrope and the workings of a car's transmission apparatus? All of the actors, the costumes, the look, and the direction of the film are very, very worthy, too. (Sadly, Ms. Shelly was murdered in 2006 in NYC). There is a smattering of bad language and the subject matter is adult, so the movie is not suitable for an underage audience. Nevertheless, if you definitely want to take a walk down the aisle of vintage, independent films, pick this one up without delay. It is a gem, even years after its creation.

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