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Jerome (1998)

R | | Drama | September 1998 (USA)
Jerome is a day in the life of a dreamer. Wade Hampton has found himself trapped by responsibility and lack of understanding by those closest to him. As a result, Wade simply leaves his old... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Wade Hampton
Scott McKenna ...
Pamela Hampton
James Keenley ...
Paul Hampton
Paul Marusich ...
Lonnie Dodson
Mike Traylor ...
Wingate Jones
Wesley Norton ...
Hard Man in bar
Richard Feld ...
Trucker in diner
Jeff Haley ...
Bill Remus
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carlie Bowmer Jr. ...
Factory Worker
Michael Bowmer ...
Danny Hampton
Anita Cradock ...
Mark DeMichele ...
W. Bear Dubelle ...
Factory Worker


Jerome is a day in the life of a dreamer. Wade Hampton has found himself trapped by responsibility and lack of understanding by those closest to him. As a result, Wade simply leaves his old life with the idea of fulfilling a repressed dream of becoming an artist in Jerome, Arizona, a town he knows only through a postcard given to him years earlier by a co-worker. Naturally, an action as extreme as this is not without consequences. On his way, Wade meets Jane, a road hard, enigmatic drifter who lives the life of total freedom he has longed for. As the two speed farther and farther across the scorching Arizona desert, events snowball into an unforeseen crisis forcing Wade to confront realities he never could have imagined only hours earlier. Written by Anonymous

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He had a dream. She had a gun.





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September 1998 (USA)  »

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$2,500 (USA) (10 December 1999)


$3,015 (USA) (5 May 2000)

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Cal's original vehicle in the movie was supposed to have been a Chevy Blazer, but after blowing the engine on the way to the set due to lack of oil in the engine, the directors improvised and persuaded a crewmember to let them use his 1981 Chevy Caprice station wagon. They ended up having to replace the transmission after killing it in the chase scenes. See more »


[first lines]
Wingate Jones: He's always cool with me, easy goin'. Always shot a good clean weld, you know, no rough seams. Sometimes certain folks in management would ride his ass pretty hard, and Hampton would always say, "he does this or says that one more time, I'm walkin' outa here".
Wingate Jones: Well he said that kinda shit every day, ya know. It's like getting real mad at someone and saying, some day I'm gonna kill that some of a bitch. Everybody says that shit, ya don't go and kill the person
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27 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

Jerome, a clever, and taut indie featuring wonderful perfomances has at it's core a basic corollary: The ideal of 'freedom' can vary greatly within each of us and therefore the price paid for that freedom. The film paints the portrait of a burnt-out welder who one day decides to change his life, literally walk away from family and friends in pursuit of a festering dream. It's a symbolic jouney that can't help but be frought with peril and take him unexpected directions. Jerome is not the name of the said protagonist, but rather a small artists alcove in the middle of the Arizona desert the film's anti-hero, Wade Hampton, has uprooted his life for. It's a place he knows only through a postcard and once the free-spirited, drifter Jane shows up, Wade's seemingly straight-forward itinerary begins to buckle. Jerome is refreshingly introspective, given its familiar subject matter. Wade's pursuit is marked by such innocense and singleness of purpose, his conviction in his dream so total, that he succeeds in blocking out the inherent emptiness of such a quest. Beautifully photographed, Jerome is a thoughtful, stylistic and understated piece of filmmaking, a road trip into the core of everyday human dissatisfaction where the route is seldom straight and the destination is never the final stop. It is the road less traveled and assuredly a road worth taking.

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