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Bodies, Rest & Motion (1993)

R | | Drama | 9 April 1993 (USA)
Nick is a feckless television salesman who gets fired and impulsively decides that he and his girlfriend, Beth, will move to Butte, MT, which he's read is "the city of the future." "I read ... See full summary »

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Sid
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Elizabeth
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Yard Sale Lady (as Sandra Lafferty)
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TV Customer
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Station Attendant
Scott Johnson ...
Chip
Kezbah Weidner ...
Dine Woman
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Motorcycle Rider
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Waitress
Rich Wheeler ...
Elizabeth's Grandfather
Scott Frederick ...
TV Store Kid
Warren Burton ...
Radio Preacher (voice)
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Nick is a feckless television salesman who gets fired and impulsively decides that he and his girlfriend, Beth, will move to Butte, MT, which he's read is "the city of the future." "I read that a while ago, so the future should be there by now," he enthuses. He waits until the last moment to tell Carol, his ex and Beth's best friend, about the move. While Nick is working his last day, Sid comes to the couple's house to paint it for the next tenants. He quickly develops an interest in Beth. He, Beth, and Carol get stoned and hang out. When Sid hears about the move, he tells Beth that he's never left Enfield, and has no interest in traveling. Meanwhile, Nick decides to take off on his own. When Beth gets word of this from Carol, she finds solace in Sid's arms. Sid proclaims his love the next morning, and implores Beth to stay. Meanwhile, Nick visits his childhood home, looking for his parents, has an epiphany, and decides to return to Carol. Written by Anonymous

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Nick is leaving. Beth is staying. Carol is waiting. Sid is painting. See more »

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Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Arba Nishimot, Arba Tnuoat  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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$764,083 (USA)
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In the end credits there is a special thanks to Harvey Keitel. He was not involved in the movie as such, but he made a very important phone call to Tim Roth. Roth had been offered a big and well paid part in a big budget film immediately before this low budget independent film was to begin shooting. Harvey Keitel made a phone call to Roth, giving him the following advice "Don't take the money. Take the film you really want to make". So Roth stayed with this project. See more »

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Beth: I have to find happiness in myself.
Sid: No, that's wrong. People tell you that, but it's wrong. I've lived with people who have that 'happiness from within', that happiness... it's just them being pleased with themselves. It's not enough. It's a lonely thing.
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Pushin' Too Hard
Performed by The Seeds
Written by Sky Saxon
Courtesy of GNP Crescendo Records
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Excellent indie film with real-life couple as leads
18 December 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

"sex, lies and videotape" doesn't really have much on this film, except for a more prurient twist. Like Steven Soderbergh's seminal indie hit, "Bodies, Rest and Motion" is an intelligent drama dealing with life as a twentysomething in middle (and middle-class) America. It's tightly written, excellently acted and doesn't sound a false note along the way, except for perhaps the mystical scene in the young redhead's house when Tim Roth goes searching for his estranged parents. But that's a small quibble. Revisit this lost gem, which showcases Eric Stoltz's best role and performance, and his real-life lover at the time, Bridget Fonda, as the put-upon Olive Garden waitress who always seems to pick the wrong guy -- this time Roth as a morally bankrupt Circuit City salesman. Phoebe Cates is just right as Roth's ex-lover turned neighbor, who forgives him everything, except perhaps his treatment of Fonda.


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