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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):
Kevin Smith (written by)
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Release Date:
18 April 1997 (USA) See more »
It's not who you love. It's how. See more »
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
Location Management
Ian MacGregor .... location manager
Karen Phillips .... location assistant
David K. Rhee .... location assistant (as David Rhee)
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
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
Joe Quesada .... artwork: "White Hating Coon"
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:MA15+ | 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] [jaws]When Holden and Alyssa go skee-balling, there is a coin machine with the name "Gottlieb" on it (a major arcade-game maker). Carl Gottlieb co-wrote Jaws. The sequence in the club, where Banky and Alyssa compare cunnilingus scars and stories, parodies a similar scene on board the boat in Jaws (1975) between Hooper and Quint. In a lecture at Indiana University, Smith mentioned that the latter scene was originally intended for his film Mallrats (1995) but was axed by the studio.See more »
Continuity: When Holden and Banky are in the office with the executives, Exec. #1 isn't wearing a watch, but can be seen later on in this scene, where we can see a watch on his left wrist.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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73 out of 102 people found the following review useful.
The Best Love Story of the Year, 2 February 1999
Author: Tanner-3 from Manchester, England

"Chasing Amy" has to be the best love story of 1997. It was emotional, gripping, funny, sad, heartwarming, and had some great jokes. How could anyone deny that this screenplay was anything less than original, or perfection. Absolutely intoxicating. The performances were right on and the writing was magnificent. Kevin Smith is, without a doubt, one of the best new writers. With this movie he goes to a whole new level. "Clerks" was great, and I think I'm one of the five people that enjoyed "Mallrats", but "Chasing Amy" takes the cake. Nothing else came even close that year. That movie should have made a star out of Joey Lauren Adams. She gave the BEST performance in 1997 and was robbed of an Oscar nomination, as was the script. The scene outside of the ice rink is more than enough to show just how good she was. And anyone who can watch that ending, the you don't know if you should cry or jump for joy ending, and not feel something, is heartless. The movie was great. It is one of my personal favorites, and will always be.

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The ending was horrible, also lots of ridiculous scenarios. groovybruceman
Holden calls the gay black guy a fag? VaZoris
Why do most people feel sorry for Holden but not Alyssa? cubefn
'I won't be your whore!' can someone explain this paulmer
SO much screaming -- minor spoilers ksf-2
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