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Chasing Amy -- Holden and Banky are comic book artists. Everything's going good for them until they meet Alyssa, also a comic book artist. Holden falls for her, but his hopes are crushed when he finds out she's a lesbian.
Chasing Amy -- Chasing Amy, the third installment in the “New Jersey Trilogy” from award-winning writer/director Kevin Smith. Cult comic-book artist Holden (Ben Affleck) falls in love with fellow artist Alyssa (Joey Lauren Adams).

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Writer (WGA):
Kevin Smith (written by)
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Release Date:
4 April 1997 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
It's not who you love. It's how. See more »
Plot:
Holden and Banky are comic book artists. Everything's going good for them until they meet Alyssa, also a comic book artist. Holden falls for her, but his hopes are crushed when he finds out she's gay. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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Adult, funny and moving - one of Kevin Smith's finest achievements See more (498 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ethan Suplee ... Fan

Ben Affleck ... Holden McNeil

Scott Mosier ... Collector

Jason Lee ... Banky Edwards

Casey Affleck ... Little Kid

Dwight Ewell ... Hooper X

Joey Lauren Adams ... Alyssa Jones

Guinevere Turner ... Singer

Carmen Llywelyn ... Kim (as Carmen Lee)

Brian O'Halloran ... Jim Hicks - Executive #1

Matt Damon ... Shawn Oran - Executive #2
Alexander Goebbel ... Train Kid
Tony Torn ... Cashier
Rebecca Waxman ... Dalia
Paris Petrick ... Tory

Welker White ... Jane
Kelli Simpkins ... Nica (as Kelly Simpkins)
John Willyung ... Cohee Lundin
Tse-Mach Washington ... Young Black Kid at Record Store (as Tsemach Washington)

Ernest O'Donnell ... Bystander (as Ernie O'Donnell)

Jason Mewes ... Jay

Kevin Smith ... Silent Bob
Kristin Mosier ... Waitress
Virginia Smith ... Con Woman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mike Allred ... Himself (uncredited)

Illeana Douglas ... Alyssa's Roommate (uncredited)
'Krazy Joe' Fiore ... Guy at Hockey Game (uncredited)

Walter Flanagan ... Fanboy (uncredited)
Robert Hawk ... Hooper's Lover (uncredited)

Brian Jude ... Train Station Passenger (uncredited)
John Launder ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Brian Lynch ... Bryan White (uncredited)
Jeff Millstein ... Record Store Patron (uncredited)
Vincent Pereira ... Startled Pinball Player (uncredited)

Joe Quesada ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Kevin Smith 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Kevin Smith (written by)

Produced by
Robert Hawk .... associate producer
Scott Mosier .... producer
John Pierson .... executive producer
Derrick Tseng .... line producer
 
Original Music by
David Pirner 
 
Cinematography by
David Klein (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Scott Mosier 
Kevin Smith 
 
Casting by
Shana Lory 
 
Production Design by
Robert Holtzman  (as Robert 'Ratface' Holtzman)
 
Art Direction by
Jim Williams 
 
Set Decoration by
John Carlucci 
Susannah McCarthy 
 
Costume Design by
Christopher Del Coro 
 
Makeup Department
Jane Choi .... hair stylist
Jane Choi .... makeup artist
Kristin Mosier .... hair/makeup assistant
 
Production Management
Monica Hampton .... post-production manager
Monica Hampton .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Klein .... second unit director
Linda Krantz .... second assistant director
Chip Signore .... second second assistant director (as Stephen 'Chip' Signore)
John M. Tyson .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Laura Allred .... artwork: Bluntman & Chronic action sequence
Mike Allred .... artwork: Bluntman & Chronic action sequence
Scott 'Whitey' Anderson .... construction foreman
Mike 'Gold Bond' Baker .... construction coordinator
Kate Bartouldus .... scenic artist (as Kate Bartoldus)
Matt Brundage .... artwork: Bluntman & Chronic action sequence
Howard Chelder .... leadman
Jennifer Cooke .... set dresser
Augusta 'Gussy' Hopkins .... property master
Mitchell Landsman .... scenic artist
Amanda Nanawa .... art department production assistant
 
Sound Department
Tim J. Carroll .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Gary Funicelli .... foley artist
David Glaser .... foley artist
David Glaser .... sound designer
David Glaser .... sound editor
Don Hankinson .... foley artist
William Kozy .... production sound mixer
Brian Mackewich .... foley artist
Brian Mackewich .... sound designer
Brian Mackewich .... supervising adr editor
Brian Mackewich .... supervising sound editor
Susan Mackewich .... foley artist
Sean McAuliffe .... foley artist
Sean McAuliffe .... sound editor
Don Powell .... foley artist
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dominick 'The Dominator' Tavella)
Joe White .... boom operator (as Joseph White Jr.)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kelly Baldwin .... first assistant camera (as Kelly S. Baldwin)
Lorenzo Bevilaqua .... still photographer
Andrew Blauner .... additional electrician
Eric Boncher .... additional electrician
Jay Chandrasekhar .... additional grip
Divine Cox .... additional grip
Raphaelle Gosse-Gardet .... additional electrician (as Raphaelle Gardet)
Jeremy Graham .... rigging electrician
Kevin Hackenberg .... additional electrician
Monica Hampton .... still photographer: opening credit stills
Takeshi Hattori .... third electrician
Alan Jacobsen .... best boy electric
Learan Kahanov .... gaffer (as Learan 'Skippy' Kahanov)
Michele Lee Kirwan .... second assistant camera
David Klein .... Steadicam operator
David Klein .... camera operator
Seth Loft .... third grip
Roberto Lopez .... rigging grip
John McEnerney .... additional grip
Malcolm Murray .... additional grip (as M.C. Murray)
Christian O'Reilly .... additional grip
Michael 'Rodi' Rodia .... best boy grip
Michael 'Rodi' Rodia .... ice dolly grip
Nat Russell .... rigging grip
Ron Stone .... grip and electrical equipment supplier: R.D. Sparks Inc.
Peter Vietro-Hannum .... key grip
Elizabeth Wick .... additional electrician
 
Casting Department
Paris Petrick .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Melissa Crawford .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
David Glaser .... assistant editor: avid
Fred Heid .... color timer
Noëlle Penraat .... negative cutter
Arnold Shuster .... additional negative cutter
 
Music Department
Lisa Brown .... music consultant
Jennifer Chouinard .... music clearances
David Glaser .... music editor
Bonnie Greenberg .... music consultant
Brian Mackewich .... music editor
Sean McAuliffe .... music editor
Jill Meyers .... music business affairs
 
Other crew
Mike Allred .... artwork: Bluntman & Chronic 'Chasing Amy'
Paul Brennan .... legal services: Sloss Law Office
John T. Copeland .... caterer
Christopher Cram .... office production assistant
Nicole Duryea .... set production assistant
Randi Eaton .... office production assistant
Doug Edwards .... office production assistant
Nick Giovannetti .... set production assistant
Shai Halperin .... set production assistant
Monica Hampton .... auditor
Mike Hansen .... set production assistant
Carlo Hart .... office production assistant
David Hurlburt .... set production assistant
Bryan Johnson .... assistant production coordinator
Brian Lynch .... key craft service
Colleen Lynch .... caterer
Ian MacGregor .... location manager
David McCole .... firearms specialist
Glenn Mobley .... key set production assistant
Gary Muscato .... avid supervisor
Jimmy Palmiotti .... artwork: "White Hating Coon"
Jodi Peikoff .... legal services: Sloss Law Office
Karen Phillips .... location assistant
Joe Quesada .... artwork: "White Hating Coon"
David Rhee .... location assistant
Lance Rosario .... security: New York
John Sloss .... legal services: Sloss Law Office
Luis R. Soto .... security: New York
Ritamarie Stapleton .... caterer
Devon J. Start .... set production assistant
Bryan W. Strang .... craft service assistant
Peggy Sutton .... script supervisor
Kirk Van Wormer .... artwork: "Idiosyncratic" & "Baby Dave"
Garry Vander Voort .... key office production assistant (as Gary Vander-Voort)
Kyle V. White .... set production assistant
Mike Zittle .... set production assistant (as Mike Zittel)
Neal Bennett .... production assistant (uncredited)
Vincent Pereira .... set production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Brooke Adams .... thanks
Joey Lauren Adams .... the director would like to thank: For giving me something personal to say. I love you poopie. (First one who laughs gets decked! ) (as Joey)
Mike Allred .... the director would like to thank: For fulfilling this fanboy's dream. See you in the funny papers.
Jack Anderson .... thanks
Mike Brodzik .... thanks
John Burzichelli .... thanks: Hill Studio (as John Burzachelli)
Mark Cohen .... thanks
Chris Davis .... thanks
Dwight Ewell .... the director would like to thank: Hi Duh-Wight. (as Dwight)
John Gordon .... thanks
Jonathan Gordon .... the director would like to thank: Why, Why, Why?!? (as Jon Gordon)
Robert Hawk .... the director would like to thank: For being there from the start, teaching us what makes a movie great, and always doing the dishes. (as Bob Hawk)
Charles Herzfeld .... thanks (as Charlie Herzfeld)
David Klein .... the director would like to thank: For the prettiest pictures yet. At bargain basement prices, no less! (as Dave)
Jason Lee .... the director would like to thank: For kicking it Reynold's style.
Brian Mackewich .... the director would like to thank: For the extra mile... and the hundred more that followed.
Scott Mosier .... the director would like to thank: Master of the Impossible, ying to my yang, heart of my heart... He's my cherry pie. (as Scott)
Jimmy Palmiotti .... thanks: Event Comics (as Jim Palmiotti)
John Pierson .... the director would like to thank: Guru, Czar, friend.
Scott Purcell .... thanks
Joe Quesada .... thanks: Event Comics
Tony Romano .... thanks
Matt Zoller Seitz .... the director would like to thank: For the one review that made a difference. (as Matt Seitz)
Donald E. Smith .... the director would like to thank: I know I've got a PG in me somewhere. (as Dad)
Grace Smith .... the director would like to thank: I know I've got a PG in me somewhere. (as Mom)
Joe Violante .... thanks (as Joey Violante)
Harvey Weinstein .... the director would like to thank: Who, like a good parent, gives us money, offers endless moral support, and spanks us when we need spanking (okay... everything but the spanking part .) (as Harvey)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated R for strong graphic sex-related dialogue, language, sexuality and drug content
Runtime:
113 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:MA | Brazil:18 | Canada:18A | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-12 | Germany:16 | Iceland:14 (original rating) | Iceland:12 (video rating) | Israel:16 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/16 (video premiere) | Singapore:M18 (re-rating) | South Korea:18 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 (video rating) | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #35184)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Director Trademark: [Kevin Smith] [off-screen grab]When Banky asks whether Alyssa looks at herself in the mirror, Holden grabs him and pulls him from off-camera.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Ally's hair during her long monologue in the couch after making love with Holden. She has it back her ear, then on her cheek, then on the ear again.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Comic Book Writer #1:I don't know. I love Chow Yun Fat. I just don't see him playing Madman.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Chasing Jason (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
We 3See more »

FAQ

Will there be a "Chasing Amy X" 10th anniversary DVD released, as there was with Clerks and Mallrats?
What is Chasing Amy?
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16 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Adult, funny and moving - one of Kevin Smith's finest achievements, 29 May 2007
Author: Max_cinefilo89 from Italy

With his third film, Kevin Smith tried to do something new for him: a grown-up film. As loved as it may (deservedly) be, Clerks is remembered for the crude humor rather than the plot, while Mallrats, which was meant to be a smart, amusing teen movie, turned out to be little more than a vehicle for Jason Lee's comedic talent. Chasing Amy is radically different: combining Smith's trademark superb dialogue, believable characters and a heartfelt story, it is one of the best, most insightful romantic comedies of the '90s, and the director's most satisfying picture aside from Clerks I and II.

Whereas his first two movies kept referencing other films as soon as there was time to do so, Chasing Amy centers on Smith's second great passion: comic-books. In fact, it all begins at a convention, where Banky Edwards (Jason Lee) and Holden MacNeil (Ben Affleck) are signing issues of their successful book Bluntman & Chronic. Afterwards, they hang out with fellow artists Hooper X (Dwight Ewell) and Alyssa Jones (Joey Lauren Adams), and while Banky spends all of his time arguing with Hooper over the racism in Star Wars (one of the funniest things Smith has ever written) or the gay subtext in Archie comics, something clicks between Holden and Alyssa, and soon enough they start seeing each other almost every day. It is obvious something deeper than friendship is in the air, and they both know it, yet there's a catch: Alyssa is a lesbian, or at least she used to be one before meeting Holden. Hence the big question: can they have a meaningful relationship with her past being such a huge burden? What kind of sacrifices will have to be made?

In another film, the boy-loves-lesbian premise would have been an excuse to deliver a 90-minute marathon of distasteful, gratuitously explicit jokes. Chasing Amy, on the other hand, is good because it really cares for its characters and whatever crudities there may be never feel excessive or out of place, but on the contrary they manage to convey the speaker's emotions more correctly (this is particularly true for Jason Lee's foolproof, energetic performance). The central love story is honest and touching, two characteristics that are evident in the realistic dialogue and acting: Adams, who hasn't managed to find a decent role ever since, portrays Alyssa as a human being, not a stereotype, and that's what makes her scenes with Affleck, always at his best when working with Smith, compelling and almost painful to watch.

Most of the time, Chasing Amy is a perfect balance between gross-out humor and tender romance, something the director kept toying with on the underrated Jersey Girl (where the jokes were less sweary than usual) and perfected with his masterpiece, Clerks II. There are, however, a few moments when Smith doesn't understand he has to stop and tells us everything about a certain character's personality, whereas he should simply have implied it. Overall, though, this feature remains one of the most hilarious, moving, revealing films of the '90s, with its best moment saved for the director himself: halfway through the movie, the mandatory Jay and Silent Bob (Jason Mewes and Smith) make their appearance. In all the other View Askew flicks, they are just incredibly funny. This time, Bob breaks his silence and gives a long, thoughtful speech that explains the film's title and has more to say about love and relationships than certain movies do in their entire running time. Astonishing.

8,5/10

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