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Niagara, Niagara (1997)

An outsider and a young woman plagued by Tourette's syndrome meet and together journey to Canada.

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Marcy
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Seth
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Claude
John MacKay ...
Seth's Father
Alan Pottinger ...
Sanitation Lot Cop
Sol Frieder ...
Pawnbroker
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Sally
Andrew L. Phillips ...
Sally's Policeman
Jeffrey Howard ...
Liquor Store Clerk
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Lead High School Punk
Adam Lauricella ...
High School Punk #2 (as Adam T. Lauricella)
Jaime Lynn O'Hara ...
High School Girl
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Doug
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"Niagra, Niagra" begins quietly in a drugstore in Poughkeepsie, where Marcie, the film's disarming heroine, likes to shoplift. She literally crashes into Seth, a quiet outsider, also on a shoplifting spree. Marcie invites Seth to accompany her to Canada to find a black hairstyling head. They set off in Seth's beat-up station wagon, destined for a toy store in Toronto. While on the road, Marcie confides to Seth that she has Tourette's syndrome, necessitating a series of detours to liquor stories and pharmacies along the roads of upstate New York. Written by Anonymous

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Love can't be controlled.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for violence, sexuality, substance abuse and strong language | See all certifications »
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$40,224 (USA) (27 March 1998)

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$168,462 (USA) (10 April 1998)
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Both Kate Winslet and 'Juliette Lewis' turned down the role of Marcy. See more »

Goofs

The second time Seth goes into the store he is wearing black pants but by the time he is in the middle of the store he is wearing khaki pants. See more »

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Spoofs Harold and Maude (1971) See more »

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Original Muzak
Written and Performed by Tor Hyams
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Another middle-of-the-road love movie, despite the mental disorder
30 May 2013 | by (Northwest Ohio) – See all my reviews

This is a little-remembered film from the 90's starring the types of characters from Drugstore Cowboy, Natural Born Killers, and True Romance, except for one has Tourette's syndrome. Their interest in each other gets them caught up in chaotic scenarios and ultimately puts their relationship in peril, even if one of them has a lot of crazy life stories to tell to future children or something.

The characters were sort of bland, Gen-Xer, 90's models of 20-somethings who had niche interests in petty theft and living life outside of the local rules. Robin Tunney gives a good performance as the Tourette's girl (name forgotten), but Henry Thomas' character, her significant other, was dull and not bright at all…a real pain to watch. The worst part about the film was the missing logic during most of the characters' encounters with people along their journey to Canada. So many awkward experiences could have been avoided if the guy just explained her mental condition in a calm manner to others.

Overall, it's a memorable film, to me, but it gets lost in the shuffle between the aforementioned movies and films like Girl, Interrupted which explore more mentally-challenged characters on a deeper, more logical level. It feels more middle-of-the-road, which is why I give it a 5 star rating. A better ending would have boosted that rating up a notch, as well.


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