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The Bumblebee Flies Anyway (1999)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  1 January 2000 (USA)
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An amnesiac youth tries to piece together his past, but what he discovers may jeopardize his future.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Janet Paparazzo ...
Eileen Snow
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Barney Snow
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Dr. Harriman / Handyman
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Billy
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Mazzo (as Joe Perrino)
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Dr. Croft
Oni Faida Lampley ...
Nurse Bascam
Jeffrey Force ...
Allie Roon
Christopher Mark Petrizzo ...
Chris Ronson
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Cassie
Samuel Haft ...
Samuel Ronson
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Willy / Orderly
Matthew Cavallary ...
Young Barney Snow
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Richard Snow
Joan Levy ...
Woman in Suburbs
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Barney Snow (Wood) wakes up in a hospital with no memories but his name & recurring images of a car crash. With little else to go on, he makes the place his temporary home and soon learns that all of the other residents in this youth clinic are dying from terminal illnesses - except him. When another patient, Mazzo (Perrino), asks Barney to play host for his visiting twin sister Cassie (Cook), the two strike up a fast friendship that blooms into romance and promises a fresh start for Barney. But as he gradually pieces together his fragmented memory, he begins to unravel the puzzle of his strange dreams and remember his old life. How will Barney react once he learns the truth about his own past, and what will he do when Mazzo surprises him with a difficult request for help? Written by Kay-22

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They Took His Past. She Gave Him His Future

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When Billy mentions calling a radio station to request on obscene song, the title he mentions is "Lick My Love Pump". That song is from This Is Spinal Tap (1984). See more »

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Barney Snow: I'm a blank page, and all that gets written on it is people dying.
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Mind over Matter-what you believe is what is real
3 February 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The Bumblebee Flies Anyway is a mysterious maze of a movie, twisting and turning throughout its hour and a half time span. What you see is what you believe, and what you believe is what becomes reality. This is mind over matter. Despite the laws of aerodynamics, bumblebees can fly. These concepts are the basis for an experiment involving Barney Snow.

Barney Snow (Elijah Wood) is a young man with amnesia. He cannot remember anything prior to his arrival at a small experimental hospital, and some days, he even has trouble remembering his own name. He is the only amnesia patient in a hospital for terminally ill children, so the doctor warns him to remain detached.

Such a warning is hard to heed when Barney's home (and all he remembers) is the hospital. Naturally, the other patients become friends, even family to him. His new friends include Billy (George Gore II), a boy with a kidney disorder inherited from deceased parents, and Mazzo (Joe Perrino), a young man with bone cancer. Mazzo's twin sister, Cassie (Rachael Leigh Cook), comes to visit her brother, and meets Barney.

Barney's relationships are truly beautiful. He is not rude or condescending to the others in the hospital-nor does he seem to pity them. He takes them for their personalities, looking beyond face value. Even though Mazzo is constantly angry about his disease and projects this at Barney, the two share an amazing bond. Barney won't stop trying with Mazzo. When Mazzo gets mad at Barney, Barney doesn't pity him-he exchanges tense banter. They are real characters; they have human traits, beliefs, and struggles. Billy, the boy with the kidney problem, is a stoic, sarcastic, and even humorous child with something to say about everyone and everything. He ignores his own disease, but he doesn't deny it. His sarcasm provides a way of dealing with his problems. Finally, there is the element of romance, coming into play with Cassie and Barney. This is a subtle, effective romance, one that makes sense and moves at the right pace. Both Cassie and Barney are at crossroads in their lives, and this is reflected in their time together.

The film itself is a pensive piece. The maze that it is must be solved before it makes sense, but then it does. Every twist and turn are accounted for finally. The last approximately twenty minutes are truly outstanding. It shows something about human nature and the reality of life.


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