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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 The Horror Show (1989)See more »
Englishman In New YorkSee more »


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Highly recommended for those who love wisdom!!, 12 May 1999
Author: MrEguy from West Hollywood, CA

Quentin Crisp is a unique Godsend. His acidic wit and unique originality are foremost in this piece. The cinematic construction of this piece is brilliant! It is ever-flowing, constantly entertaining, and wonderfully colorful, with respect to the characters he shares his life with! The naturally occurring characters are major players throughout. Take a trip through the 70's and enjoy the rare, bent wisdom of the first "Queen" to emigrate to the States. Quentin Crisp is a rare, brilliant, marvellous human being! It is a pleasure to follow his daily travails and know him, somewhat internally, as we watch him move throughout NYC. Highly recommended to those who are Gay, as well as to those who adore wise, old folks who see the world in a wonderfully different way!

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