Dottie Gets Spanked (1993)

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Another dazzling suburban phantasm from writer-director Todd Haynes, Dottie Gets Spanked (made post-Poison and pre-Safe) is a stylized, bittersweet nod to his childhood fascination with I ... See full summary »

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Steven Gale (as Evan Bonifant)
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Lorraine Gale
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Dottie Frank
Robert Pall ...
Steven's Father
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Sharon's Mother (as Harriet Harris)
Irving Metzman ...
TV Show Guide
Ashley Chapman ...
Sharon
Rhea Silver-Smith ...
Darcy
Gina Gallagher ...
Kim
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Dick Gordon
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Dream Messenger
John Brian Rogers ...
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Lenny Singer ...
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Leo Ferstenberg ...
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Lindsay Rodio ...
Jennifer
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Another dazzling suburban phantasm from writer-director Todd Haynes, Dottie Gets Spanked (made post-Poison and pre-Safe) is a stylized, bittersweet nod to his childhood fascination with I Love Lucy. Deep in the heart of pre-hippie 1960s America, young artistically-inclined Steven Gale is obsessed with Dottie Frank, wacky star of the eponymous hit sitcom The Dottie Show. While his mother gently encourages the boy's fixation, his father grows increasingly frustrated by his son's apparently "sissified" interests. This provocative, heartfelt mini-feature anticipates Haynes' Oscar-nominated Far From Heaven with its excavation of placid mid-century surfaces and deeply-buried emotions. Written by Anonymous

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5 October 1993 (USA)  »

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A film to enjoy again and again
10 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful movie which takes the viewer back to the shame of those first childhood sexual fantasies that cannot be shared with anyone.

Steven Gale,like many young boys, is fascinated by the complex world of the women around him. He watches them,listens to them, and draws them endlessly. The film has him fixated on a Lucille-Ball-like TV star, but the undertones are deeply psychological as they track this young boy's attempt to understand why some things are branded "normal" and some things are quite definitely NOT.

The writing and casting are superb. Watch this film several times to appreciate the meticulous sets and costuming!


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