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Release Date:
9 May 1997 (USA) See more »
"sexy, psychedelic, dementedly funny, with a sensational soundtrack... it's like clueless with nipple rings." See more »
The third film in a trilogy by writer-director Gregg Araki. Described as "90210 on acid", the film tells the story of a day in the lives of a group of high school kids Los Angeles and the strange lives they lead. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Duval ... Dark Smith

Rachel True ... Mel
Nathan Bexton ... Montgomery

Chiara Mastroianni ... Kriss

Debi Mazar ... Kozy

Kathleen Robertson ... Lucifer
Joshua Gibran Mayweather ... Zero

Jordan Ladd ... Alyssa

Christina Applegate ... Dingbat

Sarah Lassez ... Egg / Polly

Guillermo Díaz ... Cowboy (as Guillermo Diaz)

Jeremy Jordan ... Bart Sighvatssohn
Alan Boyce ... Handjob

Jaason Simmons ... The Teen Idol

Ryan Phillippe ... Shad

Heather Graham ... Lilith

Scott Caan ... Ducky

Thyme Lewis ... Elvis

Mena Suvari ... Zoe

Beverly D'Angelo ... Dark's Mom

Charlotte Rae ... Fortune Teller

Denise Richards ... Jana

Teresa Hill ... Shannon

Kevin Light ... Noah

Traci Lords ... Val-Chick 1

Shannen Doherty ... Val-Chick 2

Rose McGowan ... Val-Chick 3

John Ritter ... Moses Helper

Christopher Knight ... Mr. Sighvatssohn

Eve Plumb ... Mrs. Sighvatssohn

Lauren Tewes ... Julie The Newscaster

David Leisure ... Egg and Ducky's Dad

John Enos III ... Scary Drag Queen #1
Nicolette Gato ... Scary Drag Queen #2
Brian Buzzini ... Scary Drag Queen #3
Aaron Smith ... Atari Gang Member
Sara Jane ... Atari Gang Member
Tre Temperilli ... Atari Gang Member (as Tres Trash Temperilli)

Devon Odessa ... What

Staci Keanan ... Ever (as Stacy Keenan)
Gibby Haynes ... Jujyfruit
Keith Brewer ... Surf
Derek Brewer ... Ski
Roscoe ... The Alien

Stephane Sednaoui ... The Photographer (as Stephane Sednaoui)
Petro Nicholas ... Scary Clown Guy
Peter Alexander ... Drunk Skinhead
Brian Heinberg ... Pukeboy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Travis Blue ... Party Dancer (uncredited)

Veronica Gray ... Stoner (uncredited)
Johnny Torres ... Pink Diaper Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Gregg Araki 
Writing credits
Gregg Araki (written by)

Produced by
Gregg Araki .... producer
Nicole Arbib .... executive producer
Pascal Caucheteux .... executive producer
Jon Kuyper .... line producer
Grégoire Sorlat .... executive producer (as Gregoire Sorlat)
Andrea Sperling .... producer
Ilene Staple .... executive producer
Shelly Surpin .... associate producer (as Shelley Surpin)
Cinematography by
Arturo Smith 
Film Editing by
Gregg Araki 
Casting by
Karen Margiotta 
Mary Margiotta 
Rick Montgomery 
Dan Parada 
Production Design by
Patti Podesta 
Art Direction by
Dan Knapp (co-art director)
Pae White (co-art director)
Set Decoration by
Jennifer M. Gentile 
Costume Design by
Sara Jane Slotnick  (as Sara Slotnick)
Makeup Department
Jason Rail .... hair stylist
Jason Rail .... makeup artist
Julie Zvorsky .... assistant hair stylist
Julie Zvorsky .... assistant makeup artist
Michael Burnett .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
L. Matt Hill .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Jon Kuyper .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Paul Clark .... first assistant director (as William Clark)
Michael J. Moore .... first assistant director (as Michael Moore)
Sholto J. Roeg .... second assistant director
Pilar Savone .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Lisa Anne Auerbach .... art worker
Miles Coolidge .... carpenter
Michael Coughlan .... art worker
Erik Ehlert .... art worker
Jory Felice .... on-set dresser
Shepherd Frankel .... draftsman
Giovanni Jance .... art worker
Angela Jesolva .... scenic artist
Ethan Johnson .... carpenter
Brandt A. Marshall .... lead scenic artist
David A. Muller .... carpenter
Elizabeth Saveri .... scenic artist
Sarah Seager .... art worker
Blaine Williams .... swing gang
Ron Zakhar .... swing gang
Dave Zito .... carpenter
Sandra Zito .... carpenter
Thomas D. Krausz .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Laura Paddock .... fabric designer and printer (uncredited)
Blaine Williams .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
David C. Eichhorn .... sound effects editor (as David Eichhorn)
Richard Evans .... adr recordist (as Rick Evans)
Richard Evans .... foley editor (as Rick Evans)
Richard Evans .... foley recordist (as Rick Evans)
Bob Goold .... dialogue editor (as Robert Goold)
Bob Goold .... sound supervisor (as Robert Goold)
Marydixie Kirkpatrick .... boom operator
Fred Rivas .... stereo sound consultant: Ultra Stereo
Mark A. Rozett .... sound designer (as Mark Rozett)
Mark A. Rozett .... sound re-recording mixer (as Mark Rozett)
Melissa Sherwood Hofmann .... sound re-recording mixer (as Melissa S. Hofmann)
Christopher M. Taylor .... sound mixer (as Christopher Taylor)
Daniel W. Victor Jr. .... stereo sound consultant: Ultra Stereo
Special Effects by
Michael Burnett .... alien special effects
L. Matt Hill .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Mindy Minkow .... optical camera operator (uncredited)
LaFaye Baker .... stunt double (as Lafaye Baker)
Don Ruffin .... stunts
Don Ruffin .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
David Aquino .... photography: second unit (as David D. Aquino)
Paul Beauchemin .... still photographer
Harry C. Box .... gaffer
Joey D. Brown .... gaffer (as Joey Brown)
Val Camp .... first assistant camera
Steve Charnow .... electrician
DeWitt Davis .... camera intern
Jason Elliott .... grip (as Jason Elliot)
Doug Frey .... electrician
Tony Gavin .... best boy grip
Michael Graef .... best boy electric
Brady Harris .... electrician
Philip Jordan .... electrician (as Phillip Jordan)
Jean-Claude Lother .... still photographer
Tony Martin .... second assistant camera (as Anthony Martin)
Roland Martinez .... grip (as Roland 'Chaka' Martinez)
John Massaro .... best boy electric (as Johnny Massaro)
Christopher Miller .... camera loader
Daisuke Dice Miyake .... key grip (as Daisuke 'Dice' Miyake)
Terry Newport .... grip
Vince Palomino .... key grip
Christopher Probst .... camera loader
Jerome Sainte Rose .... still photographer
Doug Schneider .... second assistant camera
Rob Sweeney .... photography: second unit
Uriel Uribe .... electrician
Gregory White .... second assistant camera (as Gregory L. White)
Steve Zvorsky .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
David Anthony .... extras casting
J.P. Shields .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tracy Arima .... wardrobe intern
Maria Bradley .... assistant costumer
Sherine Meleka .... wardrobe intern
Garret Savage .... wardrobe intern
Editorial Department
Robert Beverly .... color timer
Jennifer M. Gentile .... assistant editor
Jeff Malmberg .... assistant editor
Anthony Santiago .... assistant editor
Wendy Smith .... post-production assistant
Matthew Waldman .... post-production assistant
Music Department
Marnie Cappellini .... music coordinator
Budd Carr .... executive music producer
Peter Coquillard .... music supervisor (as Peter M. Coquillard)
Sylvia Nestor .... music clearance
Howard Paar .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Donald 'Gator' Gardiner .... driver (as Don 'Gator' Gardiner)
Charles Gatson .... assistant transportation coordinator
Howard Rutman .... transportation coordinator (as Howard I. Rutman)
Other crew
Chris Baugh .... location manager
Ernest Belding .... set production assistant
Stephane Bismuth .... staff: Why Not Productions
Travis Blue .... production assistant
Hélène Cases .... staff: Why Not Productions
Martine Cassinelli .... staff: Why Not Productions
Michael Culbert .... production intern
Abdelhadi El Fakir .... staff: Why Not Productions
Todd Feldman .... location scout
Lucinda Gambiez .... staff: Why Not Productions
Richard Huggard .... production coordinator
Betsy Mackey .... accountant
Véronique Marchand .... staff: Why Not Productions (as Veronique Marchand)
Béatrice Mauduit .... staff: Why Not Productions (as Beatrice Mauduit)
Mike Minkow .... our saviour
Derek Mori .... location intern
Erin K. O'Brien .... assistant: Gregg Araki
Robert Rodger .... office intern
Michael Shapiro .... set production assistant
Ethan Tobman .... production intern
Jared Tobman .... script supervisor
Ben Urquhart .... key set production assistant
Derek Jan Vermaas .... assistant production coordinator
Eric Kops .... publicist (uncredited)
James Malloy .... production assistant (uncredited)
Eric Raber .... commentary (uncredited)
Courtney Schade .... commentary coordinator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for scenes of strong violence, sexuality and drug use involving teens, and for strong language
82 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Due to the high cost of the music used in the film, it has yet (as of 2012) to receive a region 1 dvd release.See more »
Continuity: Dark's facial stubble changes constantly.See more »
[first lines]
Dark:[voice-over] L.A. is like... nowhere. Everybody who lives here is lost.
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42 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
The Revival of trash! Sweet ‘n pure TRASH!!, 25 February 2004
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

What Gregg Araki presents to us here is nothing but good old-fashioned trash! Giving us a taste of the glorious Russ Meyer reign during the sixties and seventies, which is a terribly ignored field of cult-cinema. Simply put, this film is extremely COOL to look at! The title is very appropriate because this film indeed leads to nowhere and it's Gregg Araki's view on the subject of teen-alienation. Without even trying, he beats that other overrated director Larry Clark who takes himself way too serious anyway. Nowhere constantly introduces kinky and eccentric characters, each and every one of them suffering from modern diseases and problems like drugs, eating disorders, nymphomania, hallucinations, aggression and even suicide! Araki even touches the more daily problems like popularity and faithfulness. The pivot in this hysterical bunch is Dark, an utterly confused, bisexual young man who's convinced that he's going to die soon. Dark is played by James Duval, an over-talented young actor and building up a solid cult-reputation through starring in other goodies like ‘Donnie Darko' and ‘May'. Duval also was the key figure in the previous entries of Araki's apocalyptic trilogy, carrying the very imaginative titles `Totally F***ed Up' and `The Doom Generation'. Both films that come with my highest possible recommendation as well, but I'm strongly convinced that Nowhere is Araki's best and most personal achievement. It just is a magnificent series of hilariously messed up conversations and actions, leading towards a truly insane anti-climax. I can easily imagine that mainstream film-audiences will absolutely loath this film, but I'm a giant fan…and Araki can be sure of the fact that his film already built up a cult-following by now.

It's truly remarkable how Gregg Araki managed to work with such an overly well-known and talented cast. Practically every little role in Nowhere is credited with a famous name of the young and upcoming Hollywood generation. In the tiniest, most meaningless figures, you'll recognize faces like Heather Graham, Shannen Doherthy, Stacy Keanen, Scott Caan, Ryan Phillipe, Jordan Ladd, Mena Suvari and many, many more… The absolute highlights however, are the cameos by multiple veterans like Beverly D'Angelo as Dark's slutty mother and especially John Ritter as a religion guru on TV. You hear it, there's so much to discover in this film…I can't praise it enough!

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