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Release Date:
19 May 1995 (USA) See more »
Accountancy, Murder, Amnesia, Torture, Ecstasy, Understanding, Redemption
Isabelle is an ex-nun waiting for her special mission from God. In the meantime, she is making a living writing pornography... See more » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Isabelle Huppert ... Isabelle

Martin Donovan ... Thomas Ludens
Elina Löwensohn ... Sofia Ludens

Damian Young ... Edward, Jaque's Accountant

Chuck Montgomery ... Jan, Jaque's Goon

Dave Simonds ... Kurt, Jaque's Goon

Pamela Stewart ... Officer Patsy Melville

Erica Gimpel ... Irate Woman
Jan Leslie Harding ... Waitress

Terry Alexander ... Frank, the Cook

Holt McCallany ... Usher
Hugh Palmer ... Warren

Michael Imperioli ... Doorman at Club
Angel Caban ... Detective

Emmanuel Xuereb ... Bartender

Lennie Loftin ... Taxi Driver
David Greenspan ... George, the Pornographer

Adria Tennor ... Kid reading 'The Odyssey'

Parker Posey ... Girl Squatter

Dwight Ewell ... Boy Squatter

Currie Graham ... Video Store Clerk

Jamie Harrold ... Pizza Guy

Patricia Scanlon ... Young Irate Mother

James McCauley ... Policeman

Benny Nieves ... Policeman
David Troup ... Guard

Tim Blake Nelson ... Young Detective
Marissa Copeland ... Sister at Door
Dael Orlandersmith ... Mother Superior

Michael Gaston ... Sharpshooter

Paul Schulze ... Cop Who Shoots Thomas
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jason Fisher ... David (uncredited)

Directed by
Hal Hartley 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hal Hartley 

Produced by
Jerome Brownstein .... executive producer
Hal Hartley .... producer
Ted Hope .... producer
Lindsay Law .... executive producer
Yves Marmion .... executive producer
Scott Meek .... executive producer
Original Music by
Hal Hartley  (as Ned Rifle)
Jeffrey Taylor 
Cinematography by
Michael Spiller 
Film Editing by
Steve Hamilton 
Casting by
Billy Hopkins 
Suzanne Smith 
Production Design by
Steve Rosenzweig 
Art Direction by
Ginger Tougas 
Set Decoration by
Jennifer Baime 
Amy Tapper 
Costume Design by
Alexandra Welker 
Makeup Department
Judy Chin .... makeup artist
Marjorie Durand .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Christopher Goode .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert C. Albertell .... third assistant director
Gregory Jacobs .... first assistant director
Allen Kupetsky .... second assistant director
Art Department
Susan Blume .... scenic artist
Laurie F. Cohen .... scenic charge
Robert Cosentino .... art production assistant
David Doernberg .... property master (as Dave Doernberg)
Linda Harvey .... construction coordinator
Sarah Lavery .... assistant props
Joyce Pierpoline .... art department coordinator (as Joyce M. Pierpoline)
Neda Pourang .... art intern
Constance Van Flandern .... set property master
Sound Department
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Jeanne Gilliland .... second boom operator
Paul Koronkiewicz .... boom operator
Susan Littenberg .... sound editor
Jeff Pullman .... sound mixer
Steve Silkensen .... sound editor
Reilly Steele .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Drew Jiritano .... special effects
Ron Petruccione .... special effects
Phil Neilson .... stunt coordinator
Ron Petruccione .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Bart Blaise .... second assistant camera
Richard Breen .... best boy electric
Paul Candrilli .... key grip
Leonard Freed .... additional still photographer
Eric M. Klein .... best boy grip
Richard Ludwig .... still photographer
Paul Nickason .... dolly grip
Storn Peterson .... first assistant camera
Linda Phillips .... electrician
Danya Reich .... second second assistant camera
Frank Stubblefield .... gaffer (as W. Stubblefield)
Joe Stubblefield .... electrician
Casting Department
Kerry Barden .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elana C. Fisher .... costume production assistant
Marina Marit .... wardrobe supervisor
Kathryn Nixon .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Alex Albanese .... first assistant editor
Susan Littenberg .... assistant editor
Patricia Sztaba .... negative matcher
Stan Sztaba .... negative matcher
Transportation Department
Brian Maxwell .... transportation captain
Other crew
Joan Altman .... production auditor
Paul C. Arianas .... assistant production coordinator
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer
Eddy Collyns .... location manager
Fliss Coombs .... unit publicist
Joyce Hsieh .... assistant auditor
Jocelyn Jansons .... location assistant
Roger Kass .... legal services
Lilene Mansell .... dialect coach
James McCauley .... fight director (as James Michael McCauley)
Victoria McGarry .... production coordinator
Alexa D. O'Brien .... production office intern
Andrew Saxe .... assistant location manager
Rick Washburn .... weapons coordinator
Greg White .... production assistant

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Rated R for violence and language
105 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Isabelle Huppert got the lead role by writing to the director and begging for a part in his next film.See more »
Thomas:How can you be a nymphomaniac and never had sex?
Isabelle:I'm choosy.
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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
The Disenfranchised of Hal Hartley, 9 May 2001
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

A chance encounter in a coffee shop between two people, both of whom are seeking their own identities (one literally, one figuratively), leads to a relationship seemingly beneficial to both, but for different reasons, in `Amateur,' written and directed by Hal Hartley. A man (Martin Donovan) wakes up one morning lying on his back in a quiet, out-of-the-way street in New York City; all he knows is that he's bleeding from the back of his head and is suffering from total amnesia. He has no identification on him; he has no idea who he is or how he came to be on that street. Dazed, he stumbles into a small coffee shop and sits down at the counter. He tries to order something, but the only money he has is Dutch, and he has no idea why. A young woman, also sitting at the counter and working on a lap-top computer, observes his plight and notices the blood on the back of his neck.

Her name is Isabelle (Isabelle Huppert); asking for some water, she cleans his injury and buys him something to eat. Isabelle, it turns out, is a former nun, having only recently left the convent after fifteen years. Rather lost herself, she is attempting to make a living by writing pornographic stories for a magazine. A self-professed nymphomaniac (though she is still a virgin), she also feels that she has a specific purpose in life, a destiny she has yet to fulfill, though she has yet to figure out what it is. But she believes that meeting this man is a sign; perhaps he's a part of whatever it is she has to do. So she decides to help him, which just may lead her to the answers she is seeking about her own life, as well.

As with all of Hartley's films, this one has a somewhat mesmerizing effect, which he exacts with a unique style of presenting his story that has to do with the look and feel of the film, the deliberate pace he establishes, and most especially the manner in which his actors deliver their lines. His performers speak with a rather stoic, matter-of-fact, understated rhythm that is engrossing in itself, very similar to the kind of cadence David Mamet employs in his films. But Hartley's method is even more pronounced, so that when one of his characters does have an emotional outburst, the underplaying that surrounds it significantly underscores the impact of it all.

Few directors have such a unique style that so vividly identifies their work; Mamet is one, Ingmar Bergman another (the three of them being part of a very select group). And though this particular film is not, perhaps, one of Hartley's best, it is still pure Hartley, with aspects that are certainly engaging and memorable, beginning with his main character, Isabelle. Talk about an off-the-wall character! And yet, within the context of the story, she comes across as quite real and believable, which says something about Huppert's ability as an actress, as well as Hartley's expertise as a director.

Huppert gives a very credible performance here, convincingly conveying that sense of confusion Isabelle obviously harbors deep within about her own life and where she's headed. She makes you realize that beyond anything else that's happening, this is essentially a person searching for a place to fit in, which is why she makes such a connection with this stranger, this man who really has no idea of who he is or where he belongs. And Huppert certainly makes Isabelle someone with whom it is easy to empathize.

Donovan, a veteran of many of Hartley's films, is very effective here also, with a very pensive, understated performance that clearly indicates an honest sense of this man's bewilderment, as does the very real caution with which he approaches his situation as he attempts to reorient himself and get on with his life. And Hartley develops the relationship between Isabelle and this man in real time-- there's no instant love affair here, as happens so often in cinematic renderings of similar situations-- which gives a ring of authenticity to the story, bizarre as it may get.

The supporting cast includes Elina Lowensohn (Sofia), Damian Young (Edward), Chuck Montgomery (Jan), Dave Simonds (Kurt) and Pamela Stewart (Officer Melville). No one can capture a sense of disenfranchisement any better than Hartley, as the characters in `Amateur' so aptly illustrate; these are people perpetually on the outside looking in, and yet there's something about them with which you will be able to relate, as well as sympathize . And that's part of Hartley's magic; making you realize, that in the end we're not so different from one another, after all. I rate this one 7/10.

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