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The Bumblebee Flies Anyway (1999)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 1 January 2000 (USA)
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
Dr. Harriman / Handyman
Dr. Croft
Oni Faida Lampley ...
Nurse Bascam
Jeffrey Force ...
Allie Roon
Christopher Mark Petrizzo ...
Chris Ronson
Samuel Ronson (as Samuel Haft)
Willy / Orderly
Matthew Cavallary ...
Richard Snow
Joan Levy ...
Woman in Suburbs


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


Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements | See all certifications »




Release Date:

1 January 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bumbar ipak leti  »

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In the novel upon which the movie was based, 'Janeane Garofolo''s character, "The Handyman", is in fact a man. See more »


Allie Roon: G... gr... gr... g-g-great ass.
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Performed by Ultraspank
Written by P. Murray, N. Godfrey, J. Oliviera, D. Ogden, T. Clark
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The Bumblebee DOES Fly Anyway
1 January 2000 | by (Knoxville, TN) – See all my reviews

I have been waiting to see this film for some time now. I am a fan of Rachael Leigh Cook's work, and this is the main reason I had for watching this film. As an actress, she has introduced me to some great films, and The Bumblebee Flies Anyway is NO exception. As a scholar of film and an aspiring young filmmaker, I saw not only more evidence that Rachael Leigh Cook is here to stay, but I saw the same in Elijah Wood. These young actors have done their fair share of teenie bopper films, but this film appeals to all ages because they give performances well beyond their years. The material in the film would be hard for ANY adult to grasp. Their performances lend much hope to the future of today's young actors/actresses. The supporting cast gave wonderful performances too, especially Janeane Garofalo's performance (her performance let us see what she's really capable of as an actress; she should win an award for her role). Other notable performances where given by the three young men who befriend Elijah Wood's character.

Without giving anything away, I just want to say that the cast, script, cinematography, and direction combine to produce a film that speaks to the hearts of all who enter into the dreamworld created by cinema. In my opinion, so many pointless films are made today, but The Bumblebee Flies Anyway is NOT in this category. This movie exemplifies why movies are made and what makes a good film. Movies are made for many reasons: they speak to us, the offer us an escape by making us voyeurs, but most of all, they tell us a story with which we can identify. The Bumblebee Flies Anyway more than allows all these cinematic miracles to take place. It tells a story so compelling and gripping you feel like a part of the film, you feel like the characters are your best friends, you feel, at times, like jumping into the film and showing your compassion for the characters.

In addition to exemplifying why movies are made, The Bumblebee Flies Anyway also shows us what makes a good film. It has everything: drama, moments of comedy, wonder, mystery, intrigue, and most of all, it provides a solid story which has all the elements of a good narrative (a protagonist who is faced with a problem or struggle that he has to find his way through). The film has elements of love and romance; I must say that Elijah Wood and Rachael Leigh Cook have a wonderful rapport and chemistry together. The film also serves as an example of true friendship between two people. Young people could learn a great deal from the friendship between Barney Snow (the Elijah Wood character and Mazzo (don't know the name of the young man who played Mazzo).

The only thing I wished had been done differently about the film is I wish it could've been longer. I know for certain reasons directors, editors, and producers make the decision to take time out of the film for length purposes. I didn't want this one to be over. The film did resolve all of its conflicts, but as a lover of film and one who finds solitude in the dreamworld of cinema, I wanted more.

I won't say anything more, but to say that I highly recommend this film. The last twenty minutes of the film are enough to take your breath away; it's beautiful!!! The Bumblebee DOES Fly Anyway.

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