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R | | Thriller | 1 August 1994 (USA)
In 1965, Rudy, a Midwestern high-school kid, moves to Albuquerque; lonely and friendless, he's attracted to Kit, slightly older, with a car, his own apartment, and spending money. Kit loves... See full summary »

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Kit
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Rudy
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Jimmy
Caleb Smith ...
Drunken Teenager
Casey Dixon ...
Heidi
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Donna
Wendy Gastellum ...
Cindy
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Martha
Vatsana Bilavarn ...
Ruth
Alida Gunn ...
Tammy
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Mrs. Kurtz (as Deborah Harry)
Jerome Zelle ...
Danny Kurtz
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Kirsten
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Rick Dubov ...
Liquor Store Clerk
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In 1965, Rudy, a Midwestern high-school kid, moves to Albuquerque; lonely and friendless, he's attracted to Kit, slightly older, with a car, his own apartment, and spending money. Kit loves Elvis and loves the ladies; plus, he's a complete phony: his tan is fake, he wears lifts, he lies to girls, and he pretends to care about Rudy. Kit also shares a dark secret with two other devoted followers, Jimmy and Martha. He meets his match in Kirsten, a spoiled rich girl who gives as good as she gets. When she and a younger cousin disappear, Rudy must choose between loneliness and the law. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A Tale of Deep Love ... And Shallow Graves See more »

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Rated R for language and sociopathic behavior, including violence and sexuality | See all certifications »
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1 August 1994 (USA)  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Except for the name changes, this is the story of real-life killer Charles Schmid, who murdered several teenagers in Tucson, Arizona, in the mid-'60s. See more »

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In The Garden of Love
Written by Healy
Performed by Dee Thomas
Courtesy of ACE Records
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A great off-beat film!
6 July 2001 | by (Omaha) – See all my reviews

I've always loved this movie. Its the story of a conceited young man who uses beer cans in his shoes to make himself taller, a full face of make-up and hair dye to attract young girls. A very popular guy who we later find out is much more than he seems. In fact, Kit's not a very nice guy at all. I thought this movie to be a very offbeat and interesting film. I think it shows just how young people can be fooled by a slick-talking phoney. I remember being young and having crushes on cheesy guys like this. It also shows how fake someone can actually be. I knew a girl who reminded me a little of Kit. She used fake hair, contacts and a fake tan to be the prettiest girl in school. Everything about her was fake. Boys all fell for it back then. Its amazing the lengths people will go to be liked.

There's another side of this I found fascinating. This story seems to be based on the real life killer, Charles Schmid aka Smitty the Pied Piper of Tuscon. If you go to the crime library you can read the story of the real guy. The stories are exactly the same. Its very interesting to read if you are a fan of this movie like I am. It makes the whole movie more intense to know that it was based on a real life murderer.

All in all a great film. Its one I will watch again and again.


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