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Chasing Amy -- Cult comic-book artist Holden (Ben Affleck) falls in love with fellow artist Alyssa (Joey Lauren Adams), only to be thwarted by her sexuality, the disdain of his best friend Banky (Jason Lee), and his own misgivings about himself.
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.


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Writer (WGA):
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18 April 1997 (USA) See more »
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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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  (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)

Monica Hampton ... Make Out Girl (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
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)
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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Rated R for strong graphic sex-related dialogue, language, sexuality and drug content
113 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Argentina:18 | Australia:MA | Brazil:18 | Canada:18A | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | 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)

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Director Trademark: [Kevin Smith] [New Jersey]Main bulk of the story occurring in New Jersey.See more »
Continuity: When Banky is signing the last copy of "Bluntman and Chronic", the sharpie is in his left hand one minute and his right the next.See more »
[first lines]
Comic Book Writer #1:I don't know. I love Chow Yun Fat. I just don't see him playing Madman.
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Will there be a "Chasing Amy X" 10th anniversary DVD released, as there was with Clerks and Mallrats?
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30 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
One Of My Favorite Movies, 7 October 2005
Author: americanadian25 from United States

Being a huge Kevin Smith fan, its no wonder I love this movie so much, it is one of the best movies I've ever seen. Its a close toss up for my favorite Smith movie, right next to Clerks.

The Plot: Holden McNeil(Ben Affleck) and Banky Edwards(Jason Lee) are two long time best friends and the co-creators of their successful comic book Bluntman and Chronic. One day while they were pushing their comic at a comic/sci fi convention, they met a girl named Alyssa Jones. Holden immediately falls for Alyssa, but his hopes are shattered once he finds out a shocking surprise, she's a lesbian. Still, they form a great friendship which only makes Holden more in love with her. Once Holden reveals his love to Alyssa, they form what seems like a great relationship. Things change; however, once Banky fears that this friendship will affect their long friendship and Holden has to deal with Alyssa's rich past.

The Good: This is a very well done movie. Kevin Smith is well known for his creative dialog and clever direction in all of his movies, this is no exception. The actors performances, especially those of Ben Affleck, Jason Lee, Joey Lauren Adams, and Dwight Ewell, is exceptional. You won't find better direction for this kind of movie. I normally don't like love stories but this is one of those rare exceptions.

The Bad: Nothing really bad about this movie but its not for everyone. First off, the movie deals with some really touchy subject matter. Its also one of the most profane movies I've seen. If you are offended of either one of these subjects, I wouldn't recommend it.

Overall: Chasing Amy is one of the best movies I've ever seen. I give it a 10/10!

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