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Screwball romance involving a woman (Makkena) who gets fired from her job as a bank teller when her... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Wendy Makkena ... Rhonda Portelli

John Benjamin Hickey ... Travis Furlong

Jonathan Walker ... Voice of Bobby (voice)

Anne Bobby ... Debi

Rebecca Creskoff ... Gina

Angela Pietropinto ... Mama Portelli

Freddie Roman ... Papa Portelli
Molly McClure ... Aunt Bonnie

Yusef Bulos ... Taxi Driver
Garrett Moran ... Stripper
Steven Jones ... Funeral Director
Lynn Metrik ... Bank Manager
Phyllis Cicero ... Janice
Spiro Malas ... Waiter
Amy Zimmerman ... Ticket Agent
Jonah Lisa Dyer ... Car Rental Agent (as Lisa Peterson)

Bo Barron ... Counter Boy

Cherami Leigh ... Gretchen (as Cherami Leigh Kuehn)
Matt Whitton ... Young Bobby
Jody Napolotano ... Young Don Franklin

Gail Cronauer ... Mrs. Penn

Jay Michaelson ... Bud
Lou Ann Stephens ... Ethel/Bethel

R. Bruce Elliott ... T.V. Salesman
Kermit Key ... Geezer 1
Richard Rogers ... Geezer 2
Russ Marker ... Geezer 3
T.J. Morehouse ... Drugstore Clerk
Mary Sheldon ... Ellen
Westin Self ... Younger 'Devil' Bobby

Norman Bennett ... Farmer McDonald
Kirk Sisco ... Party Guest

Joey Greco ... Party Guest (as Joel Greco)
Victoria Wright ... Party Guest
Kelly D. Lewis ... Party Guest (as Kelly Lewis)
Kim Powers ... Party Guest
Steve Brannon ... Party Guest (as Steve Brannan)
Chad Jackson ... Party Guest
Katelyn Burton ... Party Guest

Mike Madrigal ... Party Guest
Marisa Perez ... Baby Sitter
Harrison Lindley ... Cowboy

Jesse Plemons ... Hobo
Sara Proctor ... Princess
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bruce Stewart ... Cowboy 2 (uncredited)

Directed by
Tanya Wexler 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kim Powers  screenplay

Produced by
Mike Dempsey .... co-producer
Stephen Dyer .... line producer
Steven A. Jones .... producer
Hal Kessler .... executive producer (as Hal 'Corky' Kessler)
Original Music by
Café Noir 
Cinematography by
Michael Barrett (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Thom Zimny 
Casting by
Brett Goldstein 
Production Design by
Jim Smythe  (as James B. Smythe)
Art Direction by
Terry Osburn Sr.  (as Terry Osburn)
Costume Design by
Katelyn Burton 
Makeup Department
Nicole Barrett .... hair stylist: additional New York unit
Nicole Barrett .... makeup artist: additional New York unit
Leah Rial .... key hair stylist
Leah Rial .... key makeup artist
Kristen Lobstein .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Mike Dempsey .... unit production manager
Nadia Leonelli .... unit production manager: New York
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Merri Brewer .... second assistant director
Hunter Carson .... second assistant director: New York
Mike Dempsey .... first assistant director
David Lynn .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Tom Helland .... on-set dresser
Chad Jackson .... storyboard artist
Kelly D. Lewis .... lead man (as Kelly Lewis)
Anne Austin Pierce .... art department coordinator
Sound Department
Nancy Cabrera .... foley artist
Jason Canovas .... dialogue editor
Mia Davis .... boom operator
Mark DeSimone .... adr engineer
Robert Fernandez .... sound re-recording engineer: Sound One
Marshall Grupp .... sound designer
Marshall Grupp .... supervising sound editor: Pink Noise
Lance Hoffman .... sound mixer
Richard King .... dialogue editor
Bryan Klump .... sound editor
George A. Lara .... foley editor (as George Lara)
David Powers .... sound mixer: additional New York unit
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
Jerry Yuen .... boom operator: additional New York unit
Russell Towery .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Rob Agredo .... electric: additional New York unit (as Robert A. Agredo)
Will Arnot .... key grip: additional New York unit
Sasha Boak .... second assistant camera: New York
David Bryant .... best boy grip: additional New York unit
Michael J. Burke .... second assistant camera: additional New York unit
Chris Flemmons .... second assistant camera
Rocky Ford .... dolly grip (as Rocky 'Rockman' Ford)
Rocky Ford .... key grip (as Rocky 'Rockman' Ford)
Mark Freeman .... electric intern
Mark Freeman .... grip
Christopher B. Green .... first assistant camera (as Christopher Greene)
Jeremy S. Grites .... additional grip: additional New York unit (as Jeremy S. Grikes)
Doug Lasater .... best boy electric
Rob Lawrence .... grip
Marni Lebovici .... second assistant camera: additional New York unit
Sarah Leonard-Mayer .... electric: additional New York unit
Ricky Long .... best boy grip
Steven Lubensky .... first assistant camera: additional New York unit
Bill Matlock .... still photographer
Eric Montes .... electrician
Zeus Morand .... additional grip: additional New York unit
Seiji Nakane .... best boy: additional New York unit
Thomas Ostrowski .... gaffer (as Tom Ostrowski)
Bill Schwarz .... director of photography: second unit
Atsushi Takaoka .... gaffer: additional New York unit
Buckner Cooke .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Lou DiGiaimo Jr. .... casting assistant: New York (as Lou Digiaimo Jr.)
Sheri Henneberger .... extras casting assistant
Carla James .... casting: Texas: Texas Casting
Mike O'Daniel .... casting: Texas: Texas Casting
Erika Witzke .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Edward Allen .... costume assistant
Troy Johnson .... wardrobe: additional New York unit
Molly Tracy .... assistant wardrobe
Editorial Department
Kimberly K. Hammond .... assistant editor: avid (as Kim Hammond)
Justin Shepard .... editing intern
Location Management
Zelina Blagden .... locations: additional New York unit
Heather Howard .... location intern
Shawn Hueston .... location manager
Garrett Moran .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Café Noir .... music performers
Dennis Durick .... musician: drums
Dennis Durick .... musician: percussion
Norbert Gerl .... music producer: score
Norbert Gerl .... scoring producer
T.J. Morehouse .... music supervisor
Brian Rund .... music editor
Lee Tomboulian .... musician: piano
Michael Vazquez .... music engineer
Transportation Department
Joe D. Anderson .... transportation coordinator (as Joe Anderson)
Wayne French .... transportation captain
Howard B. Goodman .... driver: additional New York unit
'Big Tim' O'Connell .... driver: additional New York unit (as Tim 'Big Tim' O'Connell Sr.)
Other crew
Roberta Bouchard .... script supervisor: additional New York unit
Steve Brannan .... craft service
Molly Brewer .... production coordinator
Julie Ana Dobo .... production assistant: additional New York unit
Edward Franklin .... accounting consultant (as Edward Franklin C.P.A.)
Gina Grande .... script supervisor
Kimberly Ables Jindra .... craft services assistant (as Kim Jindra)
Cecily Kaston .... production assistant: additional New York unit
Katy Kirby .... production assistant
Staci Leverton .... craft services assistant
Joel Molloy .... production assistant (as Joel Malloy)
T.J. Morehouse .... assistant production coordinator
'Big Tim' O'Connell .... production assistant: additional New York unit (as Tim 'Big Tim' O'Connell Sr.)
Yvonne Perkins .... production accountant (as Yvonne Perkins C.P.A.)
Erika Witzke .... office manager
Jim Ball .... special thanks
Joanne Ballantine .... special thanks
Tracey Bing .... special thanks
Roger Burke .... special thanks
Doris Bustos .... special thanks
Eddie Bydalek .... special thanks (as Eddie and Mae Bydalek)
Mae Bydalek .... special thanks (as Eddie and Mae Bydalek)
Gretchen Dyer .... special thanks (as Gretchen Dyer and Julia Dyer)
Julia Dyer .... special thanks (as Gretchen Dyer and Julia Dyer)
Ronda Espy .... special thanks
Susan Q. Gallin .... special thanks (as Susan Gallin)
Heinz Gessler .... special thanks
Jess Goldstein .... special thanks
David Haerle .... special thanks
Cathy Haft .... special thanks
Ellen Mayer .... special thanks
Peter Mensch .... special thanks (as Melissa Meyer & Peter Mensch)
Melissa Meyer .... special thanks (as Melissa Meyer & Peter Mensch)
Lisa Peterson .... special thanks
John Schrimpf .... special thanks
Glenn Shank .... special thanks (as Glen Shank)
Don Walser .... special thanks (as Don and Pat Walser)
Pat Walser .... special thanks (as Don and Pat Walser)
Haskell Wexler .... special thanks
Amy Zimmerman .... special thanks
Crew verified as complete

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95 min

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Cute, Quirky Movie., 9 January 2012
Author: kino1969 from Midwest USA

This movie owes much to the Screwball Comedy genre. A gay man retraces his newly deceased (AIDS) partner's footsteps in Denton, Texas with an unmarried, living at home at 30, kooky female bankteller who "can't say 'No.'" It's a sort of road movie/screwball comedy.

I didn't think it was a bad movie at all, and I laughed several times. I thought the character of Travis was a bit wooden and 2-D. I'm not sure why someone who just lost his love would not even cry, but be slightly angered at their death (brooding). There should have been a little more depth in his character. The movie is sad and silly, touching and corny.

Wolfe usually puts out decent movies, and this is another in their DVD stash.

It's great to see another movie where AIDS plays a role in the plot, but, by 1998 (and now), the disease does not have the impact that it should in this movie, like it did in movies like "Longtime Companion," "Philadelphia," and "It's My Party." The fact that the men are gay is almost secondary to this movie (unfortunately). I don't have a reason for why this is the case in this movie. It certainly dulls the impact of the story.

I give it 7 of 10. Funny, engaging, and well-made for the most part. ------ E.

SIDENOTE: Also, to be demeaning and saying that heterosexuals won't "get" this movie is condescending and wrong. I am not gay, and neither is my wife, and we both very much "got" this movie. One of the main problems with this statement by the gay/lesbian community goes back to the 70s and 80s way of thinking about movies and who they are "made for." This is wrong in every case. Wexler, the director, did a fine job showing that movies with queer themes should be viewed as universal, something the "old school thinkers" tend to want to negate.

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