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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Denise Waverly / Edna Buxton
Sissy Boyd ...
Dress Saleswoman
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Mrs. Buxton
Jill Sobule ...
Singing Contestant
Jennifer Leigh Warren ...
Doris Shelley
Tegan West ...
M.C. at Talent Show
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Audition Record Producer
Natalie Venetia Belcon ...
Betty
Kathy Barbour ...
Sha Sha
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Joel Millner
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Waitress in Diner
Eric Jerome Kirkland ...
Stylette
Irving Washington III ...
Stylette (as Irving Eugene Washington III)
Kurt Jackson ...
Stylette
Michael Angelo Saulsberry ...
Stylette (as Michael Saulsberry)
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An aspiring singer, Denise Waverly/Edna Buxton, sacrifices her own singing career to write hit songs that launch the careers of other singers. The film follows her life from her first break, through the pain of rejection from the recording industry and a bad marriage, to her final triumph. Written by John Deming <jfdeming@sprynet.com>

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For years her songs brought fame to other people. Then she found her own voice.

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Rated R for language, and for some sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »
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13 September 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Sombra de Um Génio  »

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$173,654 (USA) (13 September 1996)

Gross:

$617,632 (USA) (4 October 1996)
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In what would have been her film debut, Amy Ryan played a character married to Eric Stoltz in the second part of the film, but was cut from the final edit of the film. See more »

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Jay Phillips' sunglasses during TV interview. See more »

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Jay Phillips: The only thing I wish for you, and I wish it most sincerely, I wish you would get fired.
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Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #1.3 (2002) See more »

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In Another World
Written by Gerry Goffin and Los Lobos
Produced by Larry Klein
Performed by Kristen Vigard
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Behind every idol is a song...
5 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Illeana Douglas portrays songwriter Densie Waverly in a film loosely based on Carole King. It is more like a sneak peek into the lives of the 60's pop composers at the famous Brill Building(Neil Diamond, Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich). Most of the characters are based on real life rock and rollers. John Turturro plays a Phil Specter like producer named Joel, who discovers Denise. Matt Dillon does a pretty decent portrayal of a producer, not unlike Beach Boy Brian Wilson. Some parts are a bit too dramatic, but the songs in the movie--composed by the Brill writers make up for it. The highlight is Douglas's lip sync(sung by Kristen Vigard), written by Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello. Good rock and roll movie. If you like this try: *La Bamba *That Thing You Do *The Rose


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