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Resident Alien -- The widely acclaimed RESIDENT ALIEN chronicles the adventures of cult figure Quentin Crisp, a flamboyantly eccentric Englishman who once pursued fame across the razor-sharp edges of Manhattan.


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At age 73, writer and melancholy master of the bon mot, Quentin Crisp (1908-1999), became an Englishman in New York... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Quentin Crisp ... Himself
Peter Walker ... The Bum
Gilbert Stafford ... Man on Street
Gus Rogerson ... Street Performer
Michaela Murphy ... Street Performer
Felicity Mason ... Herself - Dinner Hostess / Writer

Fran Lebowitz ... Herself - Writer
Guy Kettelhack ... Himself - Writer

John Hurt ... Himself - Actor
Richard Seiburth ... Himself - Professor
Hunter Madson ... Himself - Writer

Sting ... Himself - Singer

Michael Musto ... Himself - Gossip Columnist

Sally Jessy Raphael ... Herself - Talk Show Host (archive footage) (as Sally Jesse Raphael)
Shi Ringer ... Herself - Gay Activist
Tom Steele ... Himself - Publisher
Al Goldstein ... Himself - Pornographer
Lenny Dean ... Himself - Cabaret Performer

Robert Patrick ... Himself - Playwright
Penny Arcade ... Herself - Performance Artist
Patrick Angus ... Himself - Painter
Paul Bridgewater ... Himself - Gallery Owner
Orshi Drozdick ... Himself - Sculptor
Emile de Antonio ... Himself - Filmmaker
David McDermott ... Himself - Painter
Peter McGough ... Himself - Painter
Trey Spiegel ... Himself - Painters' Friend
Franco the Great ... Himself - Painter

Holly Woodlawn ... Himself - Performer / Actor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vincent Hanlon ... Himself

Paul Morrissey ... Himself

Directed by
Jonathan Nossiter 
Produced by
Chantal Bernheim .... associate producer
Jonathan Nossiter .... producer
Stephen J. Ross .... line producer
Dean Silvers .... co-producer
Cinematography by
John Foster  (as John R. Foster)
Film Editing by
Jonathan Nossiter 
Production Management
Mary Sansevero .... production manager
Sound Department
John Purcell .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Prinzi .... additional photographer
Oren Rudavsky .... photography: second unit
Editorial Department
Ron Hershey .... associate editor
Other crew
Peter Barossi .... production assistant
Effie Samios .... production coordinator

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85 min
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The word "fuck" is used 20 times in the film, but only in a rap song played on the soundtrack called "Fuck Martinez"See more »
Quentin Crisp:I'm a sad person's idea of a gay person.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Dead Bang (1989)See more »
Fuck MartinezSee more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
One of a kind--and kindness is all, 1 June 1999
Author: ( from Austin, Texas

Quentin Crisp (formerly Dennis Pratt), in the process of regaining his virginity, has created an inimitable persona. "Substance is ephemeral, style is eternal" epitomizes his existence, which in conventional terms is ghastly, but which under his touch becomes magical. This movie is the perfect vehicle for displaying the intellectual vigor and keen wit of one of the sharpest minds alive. Easily at home with whomever he encounters, he generously dishes out his presence to any who asks. Could he possibly do otherwise? The quintessentially worldly naif is wonderfully presented, as the modest camera follows his daily round, homely domestic detail through gorgeous partying. No voice-over here, just a simple portrayal of a person truly alive. One wishes Quentin Crisp could go on forever, as at the age of 90 he seems very likely to do. A real gem of documentary moviemaking.

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