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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 »
Dew ragged white street performer:Welcome to New York. If you can make it here, you'll fail anywhere else.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Muerte en el Río Grande (1982)See more »
Fuck MartinezSee more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful subject, but only fair style, 16 March 2000
Author: lenona321 from Boston, MA

In a rude, harsh world, it is hard to overrate the value of someone as witty, generous, kind and genteel as the beloved, late Quentin Crisp. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for this movie. If you were lucky enough to spend time with him or see his one-man show, which he started around age 70 and was filmed in 1979, you will already have gained more than "Resident Alien" has to offer. The movie opens with thrilling, teasingly macabre music and visuals, but from then on, it falls somewhat flat. Too much of it focuses on his commentators - and the director repeats some shots as if he thought repetition would work for him just because it worked for Mr. Crisp. Fran Lebowitz is never to be missed, but for newcomers to Crisperanto, there is not quite enough of the man himself and his speeches to make them fall in love as I did long before the movie. >

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