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S.F.W. -- An alienated and misanthropic teenager gains sudden and unwanted celebrity status after he's taken hostage by terrorists where his indifference to their threats to kill him makes news headlines.


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Writers (WGA):
Andrew Wellman (novel)
Danny Rubin (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
20 January 1995 (USA) See more »
Fate made them hostages. The media made them stars.
An alienated and misanthropic teenager gains sudden and unwanted celebrity status after he's taken hostage by terrorists where his indifference to their threats to kill him makes news headlines. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Stephen Dorff ... Cliff Spab

Reese Witherspoon ... Wendy Pfister

Jake Busey ... Morrow Streeter

Joey Lauren Adams ... Monica Dice

Pamela Gidley ... Janet Streeter
David Barry Gray ... Scott Spab

Jack Noseworthy ... Joe Dice

Richard Portnow ... Gerald Parsley
Edward Wiley ... Mr. Spab
Lela Ivey ... Mrs. Spab

Natasha Gregson Wagner ... Kristen

Annie McEnroe ... Dolly
Virgil Frye ... Earl
Francesca P. Roberts ... Kim Martin

Soon-Tek Oh ... Milt Morris (as Soon Teck Oh)
Blair Tefkin ... Allison Ash

Steve Antin ... Dick Zetterland

Melissa Sullivan ... Sandy Hooten (as Melissa Lechner)
Lenny Wolpe ... Phil Connors

Natalie Strauss ... Rita Connors

Tobey Maguire ... Al
Dana Allan Young ... Johnny
John Roarke ... Phil Donahue Clone / Sam Donaldson Clone / Alan Dershowitz / Ted Koppel Clone / Larry King Clone

Amber Benson ... Barbara 'Babs' Wyler
China Kantner ... Female Pantyhose Gunman
Kathryn Atwood ... Pebbles Goren

Caroline Barclay ... Mindy Lawford
Sylvia Short ... Doctor Travis
Sandra Phillips ... Female Talent Agent

Gary Grossman ... Male Talent Agent
Michelle Seipp ... Hotel Receptionist (as Michele Seipp)

Frank Collison ... Stoner Witness
Stephanie Cambria ... Dori Smelling (as Stephanie Friedman)
Adam Small ... Burger Boy Manager
Ben Slack ... Mayor
Carol Hankins ... Nervous Lady on Talkshow
Kristen Ernst ... Teenage Girl on Talkshow
Mil Nicholson ... Woman at Homecoming
Charles Font ... Burger Boy Worker
John Chaidez ... Burger Boy Worker
Corey Gunnestad ... Burger Boy Worker

William Scott Brown ... Reporter

Lisa Dinkins ... Reporter
Amber Edam ... Reporter
Jerome Front ... Reporter
Susan Harney ... Reporter

Philip Moon ... Reporter
Joanne Takahashi ... Reporter
Richard Wilson ... Reporter (as RW Wilson)
Ada Gorn ... Photographer
Jon Gudmundsson ... Photographer
Bernadette Elise ... Photographer

Gary Coleman ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lena Banks ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Lori Barbero ... Herself (uncredited)
Kat Bjelland ... Herself (uncredited)

Mike Breyer ... Student (uncredited)
Alex Esta ... Photographer (uncredited)
Maureen Herman ... Herself (uncredited)

Laura Lee ... Hospital Worker (uncredited)
Mark Taormino ... Paparazzi Photographer (uncredited)

Directed by
Jefery Levy 
Writing credits
Andrew Wellman (novel)

Danny Rubin (screenplay) and
Jefery Levy (screenplay)

Produced by
Gloria Lopez .... associate producer
Michael Nelson .... co-producer (as Mike Nelson)
Dale Pollock .... producer
Sigurjon Sighvatsson .... executive producer
Original Music by
Graeme Revell 
Cinematography by
Peter Deming (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lauren Zuckerman 
Casting by
Rachel Abroms 
Owens Hill 
Production Design by
Eve Cauley 
Art Direction by
Philip Messina 
Set Decoration by
Sandy Struth 
Costume Design by
Debra McGuire 
Makeup Department
Lisa Layman .... key makeup artist
Marianna Lucido .... hair stylist
Suzanne Parker Sanders .... key hair stylist (as Suzanne P. Sanders)
Cheryl Voss .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Scott Carleton .... post-production supervisor: Propaganda Films
Tim Clawson .... executive in charge of production
Michael Nelson .... unit production manager (as Mike Nelson)
John Portnoy .... post-production supervisor: Propaganda Films
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harry A. Jarvis III .... second assistant director (as Harry Jarvis)
John E. Vohlers .... first assistant director
Art Department
Tony Bonaventura .... property master
Walter Cahall .... art department coordinator
Chris Carriveau .... leadperson
Paul Dowler .... swing
Eric Epple .... painter (as Eric 'Shlep' Epple)
Monica Fedrick .... graphic artist
Damon Fortier .... set designer
Mark Haber .... propmaker
Jeff Hay .... swing
Ernest Hernandez .... propmaker
Trevor Hernandez .... labor foreman
Brenton L. Lane .... assistant property master (as Brenton Littlefield Lane)
Allan Lotta .... construction coordinator
Fred Salinas .... propmaker
Keith Sawyer .... lead scenic (as Keith 'Kip' Sawyer)
Charles S. Serrano .... construction foreman (as Charles Serrano)
Robert Smart .... propmaker
Don G. Smith .... on-set decorator
Adrian St. Clair .... painter (as Adrian 'A.D.' St. Clair)
Sound Department
Mark Berger .... supervising re-recording mixer
Jay Boekelheide .... adr editor
Tom Caton .... boom operator
David Chornow .... sound mixer (as David B. Chornow)
Malcolm Fife .... foley editor
David Halbert .... boom operator
Samuel Lehmer .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Levinson .... dialogue editor
Michael Mennies .... assistant sound editor
Douglas Murray .... sound designer
Douglas Murray .... supervising sound editor
Jennifer Myers .... foley artist
Jonathan Null .... apprentice sound editor
Margie O'Malley .... foley artist
Jim Pasque .... foley recordist
Philip Rogers .... sound recordist (as W. Phillip Rogers)
Michael Semanick .... foley mixer
Mark Jan Wlodarkiewicz .... sound effects editor
Marilyn S. Zalkan .... assistant dialogue editor
Special Effects by
Frank Ceglia .... special effects coordinator
Kavien Amiri .... stunts
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunts (as Billy Burton Jr.)
Steve M. Davison .... stunt coordinator
Tim A. Davison .... stunts (as Tim Davison)
Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw .... stunts (as Tracy Keehn Dashnaw)
Steve Picerni .... stunts
Chad Randall .... stunts
Pat Romano .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Lee Auerbach .... electrician
Corwin A. Bibb .... best boy electric (as Corwin 'Cory' Bibb)
Brian Branigan .... key grip
Scott Browner .... first assistant camera
Lila Byall .... camera loader
Jim Carroll .... best boy grip (as James Carroll)
Andrea Chesney .... second assistant camera
Tim Collins .... dolly grip (as Timothy P. Collins)
Peter Cornford .... electrician
Louis DiCesare .... gaffer
Tim Durr .... electrician (as Timothy R. Durr)
Ali Farboud .... rigging gaffer
Rickey Kelly .... grip
Patricia Lee .... electrician
Wren Maloney .... still photographer
Niles McElroy .... electrician
Anthony Ragonese .... grip
Celia Starr .... video playback operator: Video Playback Services
Casting Department
Stacy Pinhas .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Connie Peirce .... set costumer (as Connie M. Peirce)
Jemma Scarisbrick .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Angela Barton .... second assistant editor
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Todd Chestnut .... editor: GWAR video
Poppy Das .... first assistant editor
Scott Griffin .... apprentice editor
William Pine .... color timer (as Bill Pine)
Music Department
Sharon Boyle .... music supervisor
Grant Fitch .... musician
Richard Henderson .... music coordinator
Jonathan McHugh .... music supervisor: A&M Records (as Jon McHugh)
Debbie Reinberg .... music legal services
Dana Sano .... music supervisor
Brian Williams .... music designer
Joshua Winget .... music editor
Transportation Department
Robert Arterburn .... driver
Thomas G. Barlow .... driver
Jimmy Jones .... transportation captain (as James P. Jones)
James 'Obee' Oberman .... transportation coordinator
Ron 'Rooster' Venegas .... driver
Other crew
Sarah Auerswald .... script supervisor
Christine Blosdale .... production assistant
Rick Firkins .... caterer: All Star Motion Picture Catering
Lisa Fredo .... set production assistant
Mark Gantt .... key set production assistant (as Mark W. Gantt IV)
Susan Jacobs .... publicist
Julia Kalcheim .... assistant production coordinator
Michael Kuhn .... big cheese
Marybeth Martin-Eck .... assistant accountant
Cheryl Nelson .... legal services
Christy Powers .... on-set medic
Jerry Rife .... accountant (as Jerry L. Rife)
Larry Ring .... assistant location manager (as Larry R. Ring)
Marco Schnabel .... set production assistant
Nina Skuladottir .... production assistant
Sean Spector .... set production assistant
Michael D. Starks .... craft service
Christine White .... production coordinator
Boyd Wilson .... location manager (as Boyd H. Wilson)
Todd Baker .... office production assistant (uncredited)
Jack E. Herman .... extras set coordinator (uncredited)
Rick Rosner .... set security (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"So Fucking What?" - USA (long title)
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Rated R for pervasive strong language, scenes of brutal violence, constant drug and alcohol use and some sexuality
96 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Director Jefery Levy wanted to include material from Nirvana, particularly the song "All Apologies", on the S.F.W. soundtrack. Though the music was never obtained, Levy said an early cut of S.F.W. was screened for singer Kurt Cobain who "responded" to the film. Later, following Cobain's death, Levy said that he found the parallels between S.F.W. and Cobain's life to be quite eerie.See more »
Continuity: During the last flashback, Spab is seen pulling out an Uzi that he had never acquired.See more »
Cliff Spab:[to his captors; sarcastic tone] Hi, my name's Rick Forsythe. I live in Silver Pond with my parents George and Edna Forsythe, and my sister Suzanne. I'm president of the debate team, and captain of my baseball team over at Silver Pond High. I have a dog named Rusty, and my hobbies include coin collecting and dry-humping cheerleaders.See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Growing Pains" (1985)See more »
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A Life/Mind-Altering Film, 21 July 2000
Author: Jefery from New York, U.S.A.

Way, way ahead of it's time (similarly themed films made years after were Natural Born Killers, Mad City, Truman Show), this is, quite simply, a life-altering, mind-altering film which zeroes in on and then embodies the zeitgeist of the nineties. See this film, take a look at the world surround you (especially western popular culture), and think about it. It's also pretty f***in' funny.

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