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Gas, Food Lodging (1992)

R | | Drama, Romance | 10 July 1992 (USA)
In the boring desert of New Mexico, a single mother raises her two teenage daughters, Shade and Trudi, whose deepest desire is to leave the dead calm town. Shade is the type to escape in ... See full summary »

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In the boring desert of New Mexico, a single mother raises her two teenage daughters, Shade and Trudi, whose deepest desire is to leave the dead calm town. Shade is the type to escape in her extravagant fantasies while Trudi is so rebelious it could drive her away. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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When Shade's good, she's very good. But when Trudi's bad, she's better.

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$1,345,236 (USA)
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The letter telling Nora about Trudi's absences from school gives the name of the school principal as Allison Anders, the director of the film. See more »

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When Trudi first attempts to call her dad in the beginning of the movie, the dolly can be seen in the toaster oven. See more »

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[first lines]
Shade: If it weren't for Elvia Rivero, this story wouldn't even be worth telling. Whenever Elvia came to this litte town, well, it's like she woke the place up. My home town, Laramie New Mexico, it came alive. Elvia Rivero was the one who made me laugh when I needed to laugh. She made me cry when no one was looking. But most of all, Elvia was able to put into to words what I was thinking.It was Elvia who first gave me the idea. It was decided then and there, I knew what was missing from ...
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Written by Mickey Petralia and Carlos Adley
Produced by Amos Newman and Mickey Petralia
Performed by The Mitch Green Experience featuring "Carlos"
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Peculiar, unsettling, but also courageous and amazing mood-piece...
31 January 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Keen adaptation of Richard Peck's novel "Don't Look and It Won't Hurt", starring Brooke Adams in a terrific performance as the single mother of two headstrong young daughters who hopes for a better existence outside their backwater town in New Mexico, but not knowing just how to go about finding it. Arty, intriguing showcase for some very fine actresses (Adams, Ione Skye and the inscrutable Fairuza Balk), as well as James Brolin in a small but telling role as the girls' dreamy-quiet, estranged father. Director Allison Anders, who also adapted the screenplay, does hit an awkward snag or two in exploring these characters' emotions, but her feel for Nowhere U.S.A. is rich with complexity. Moody and unusual, it's a film worth seeing. *** from ****


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