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Jean Genet (inspired by the novels of Jean Genet with quotations from "Miracle of the Rose", "Our Lady of the Flowers" and "Thief's Journal")
Todd Haynes (written by)
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Release Date:
16 August 1991 (Sweden) See more »
Three intercut stories about outsiders, sex and violence. In "Hero," Richie, at age 7, kills his father and flies away... See more » | Add synopsis »
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4 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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oddly mesmerizing and unique See more (22 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Edith Meeks ... Felicia Beacon
Millie White ... Millie Sklar
Buck Smith ... Gregory Lazar
Anne Giotta ... Evelyn McAlpert
Lydia Lafleur ... Sylvia Manning

Ian Nemser ... Sean White

Rob LaBelle ... Jay Wete

Evan Dunsky ... Dr. MacArthur
Marina Lutz ... Hazel Lamprecht
Barry Cassidy ... Officer Rilt
Richard Anthony ... Edward Comacho
Angela M. Schreiber ... Florence Giddens
Justin Silverstein ... Jake
Chris Singh ... Chris
Edward Allen ... Fred Beacon
Carlos Jimenez ... Jose
Larry Maxwell ... Dr. Graves

Susan Norman ... Nancy Olsen (as Susan Gayle Norman)
Al Quagliata ... Deputy Hansen

Michelle Sullivan ... Prostitute
Parlan McGaw ... Newscaster
Frank O'Donnell ... Old Doctor
Melissa Brown ... Woman in the Alley / Additional Voices (voice)

Joe Dietl ... Man in the Alley
Don Damico ... Doctor #1 / Cop #2 / Additional Voices (voice)
Charles Cavalier ... Cop 1
Kyle De Camp ... Neighbor (as Kyle deCamp)
Aimee Scheff ... Neighbor
Jessica ... Nurse
Lorraine Traverson ... Nurse
Phil W. Petrie ... Doctor
John C. Nadeau ... Doctor (as John Nadeau)
James Cagnard ... Bartender
Lauren Zalaznick ... Waitress
Chris Henricks ... Sleazy Man
Leah Mullen ... Little Girl
Elyse Steinberg ... Little Girl
Bruce Cook ... Dr. Strick
Andrew Bishop ... Child's Hands
Tom McCullough ... Townsperson
Chava Tiger ... Townsperson
Jack Tiger ... Townsperson
Frankie Waters ... Townsperson
Richard Hansen ... Narrator (voice)
Joe Glick ... Additional Voices (voice)
Scott Renderer ... John Broom
James Lyons ... Jack Bolton
John R. Lombardi ... Rass

Tony Pemberton ... Young Broom
Andrew Harpending ... Young Bolton
Tony Gigante ... Inspector

Douglas Gibson ... Van Roven

John Leguizamo ... Chanchi (as Damien Garcia)
Les Simpson ... Miss Tim
Joey Grant ... Jamoke
Gary Ray ... Canon / Additional Voices
David Danford ... Basco
Jason Bauer ... Doran

Ken Schatz ... Preacher
Maurice Clapisson ... Guard 1
Matthew Ebert ... Guard 2
Marie-Françoise Vachon ... Foster Mother
Michael Silverman ... Foster Father
Shaun Wilson ... Broom Age 6
Nino Bua ... Fontenal Inmate
Wayne Compton ... Fontenal Inmate
Ray Dragon ... Fontenal Inmate (as Raymond Dragen)

John Duffy ... Fontenal Inmate
John McGhee ... Fontenal Inmate
Michael A. Miranda ... Fontenal Inmate (as Michael Miranda)

Anthony J. Ribustello ... Fontenal Inmate
Jonathan Smit ... Fontenal Inmate
Oscar Tevez ... Fontenal Inmate
Gideon Joslyn Brown ... Baton Inmate

John Gleeson Connolly ... Baton Inmate (as John Connolly)

Tom Cross ... Baton Inmate
Eric Cubano ... Baton Inmate
Dani Michaeli ... Baton Inmate
Jim Fletcher ... Additional Voices (voice)
Tom Wayland ... Additional Voices (voice)
Norman Yugutta ... Additional Voices (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Reardon ... Bartender (uncredited)

Directed by
Todd Haynes 
Writing credits
Jean Genet (inspired by the novels of Jean Genet with quotations from "Miracle of the Rose", "Our Lady of the Flowers" and "Thief's Journal")

Todd Haynes (written by)

Produced by
Brian Greenbaum .... executive producer
James Schamus .... executive producer
Christine Vachon .... producer
Lauren Zalaznick .... associate producer
Original Music by
James Bennett 
Cinematography by
Maryse Alberti (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Todd Haynes 
James Lyons 
Casting by
Karim Aïnouz  (as Karim Ainouz)
Laura Barnett 
Andrew Harpending 
John Michael Kelsey  (as John Kelsey)
Production Design by
Sarah Stollman 
Art Direction by
Chas Plummer 
Costume Design by
Jessica Haston 
Makeup Department
Angela Johnson .... hair stylist
Angela Johnson .... makeup artist
Scott Sliger .... effects makeup
Production Management
Andy Fair .... unit manager
Lauren Zalaznick .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Haffenreffer .... second assistant director
Andrew Harpending .... second assistant director
Christine Vachon .... first assistant director
Art Department
Matthew Ebert .... set dresser
John Hansen .... set designer
Kelly Reichardt .... property master
Sound Department
Neil Danziger .... sound recordist
Julie Lindner .... assistant sound editor
Mary Ellen Porto .... sound editor
Reilly Steele .... sound mixer
Julie Wilde .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
Paul Seidman .... production assistant
Camera and Electrical Department
Karim Aïnouz .... third electrician (as Karim Ainouz)
Stephen Earley .... second assistant camera
Barry Ellsworth .... black and white camerawork
Russell Lee Fine .... still photographer
Tom Gilmour .... first assistant camera
Sam Henriques .... first assistant camera
Jenny Hwozdek .... best boy
Bethany Jacobson .... still photographer
John C. Nadeau .... gaffer
Dave Samuel .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ivan Flores .... assistant costume designer
Julie Lindner .... wardrobe supervisor
Kelly Reichardt .... key dresser
Editorial Department
Karim Aïnouz .... supervising assistant editor (as Karim Ainouz)
Tim Brennan .... negative cutter
Alan Hofmanis .... apprentice editor
Irin Strauss .... assistant editor
Dave Pultz .... color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
Peter Golub .... conductor
Other crew
Andy Fair .... location manager
Philip Harrison .... production assistant
John O'Hagan .... intern
Jennifer Opresnick .... script supervisor
Jeffrey Schwarz .... production assistant
Derek Yip .... production assistant (uncredited)
John Waters .... thanks

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Rated NC-17 for explicit sexuality
85 min
Aspect Ratio:
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All three episodes feature one scene that consists of a long, hand-held POV camera shot.See more »
John Broom:[V.O] Prison was not new to me. I'd lived in them all my life. In submitting to prison life, embracing it... I could reject the world that had rejected me.See more »
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References A Song of Love (1950)See more »


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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
oddly mesmerizing and unique, 29 August 1999
Author: woody-55 from newark, de

Make sure that you are not tired when watching this film. Although this film introduces some outstanding performances by some little known actors, the film falls short. One of the three short stories of the film is shot in black and white and is strangely reminiscient of David Lynch's masterpiece "The Elephant Man." When Dr. Graves is ordered out to the fire-escape, I was just waiting for him to shout, "I'm not an animal; I'm a human being." The prisoner story, unlike the black and white story, is full of emotion and intensity. Issues such as homosexuality, abuse, and longing for love are enmeshed in this tale. The third story is shot documentary style. An unseen interviewer questions neighbors, family, and friends about the events leading up to the shooting and death of an abusive father. This movie will intrigue you, confuse you, and bother you. It's worth a watch.

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