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I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1998)

A cross-dressing mental patient escapes from an asylum and robs a bank. The money is soon stolen from him, and he embarks on a killing spree in an attempt to retrieve it.

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Cast

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The Thief
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Maylinda Austed
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Cemetery Caretaker
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Tom Harris
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Teenage Hooker
Roberta Hanley ...
Housewife
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Cemetery Cop
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Loan Secretary
Robert Musselman ...
Eartha Kitt's Escort
Marvin Lorence ...
Eartha Kitt's Piano Player (as Marvin Lorence)
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Shopkeeper (as Lord Hienrich 'Binky' Alcoa III)
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Loan Office Cop
Megan Odebash ...
Wardrobe Mistress (as Megan Odabash)
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Undertaker
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A cross-dressing mental patient escapes from an asylum and robs a bank. The money is soon stolen from him, and he embarks on a killing spree in an attempt to retrieve it.

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Also Known As:

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strange and worth seeing
2 December 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Knowing that "I Woke Up Early the Day I Died" comes from a script by Ed Wood, it would seem that anyone should prepare heckling comments before watching it. It turns out that, although the movie makes little if any sense, there is a definite charm to it, possibly to the point of meriting a serious viewing. The plot - or whatever it is - centers on a mental patient (Billy Zane) escaping from the hospital, killing a bank teller, attending the funeral, and then getting involved with the people in the man's life. I think that that's the story; the absence of dialogue made it a little hard to follow.

So, it seems to be the sort of movie that you watch to study, just to see whether or not you can make anything out of the loosely strung together events portrayed. I can't say that I've been able to make anything out of it. Maybe you can. Also starring Tippi Hedren, Ron Perlman, Bud Cort, John Ritter, Christina Ricci and Karen Black. So perhaps we can call "IWUETDID" the almost unheard-of movie with a stellar cast.


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