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Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five -- What would you do? 

What if somebody told you that one of your very best friends from High School, someone you were really close to, had lost his mind and disappeared. Without a trace. Would you believe it? Would you wonder how it all came to pass? 

Would you look for him? 

These are the questions that face Stan and Daniel, the two lifelong friends at the center of WENT TO CONEY ISLAND ON A MISSION FROM GOD...BE BACK BY FIVE. They've heard a rumor that a childhood buddy, Richie, with whom they've lost touch over the years, has been sighted, apparently insane, actually living out at the amusement park on Coney Island. Dubious at first, but looking for a reason to skip out on work, they decide that the only way to know for sure is to go and find him. 

What follows is a quirky tale of love, self-discovery, secrets, and betrayal. On a wintry day, we follow Stan and Daniel as they search the boardwalk and the arcades, the defunct remains of the once-glittering amusement park, for the lost Richie.

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Director:
Writers:
Jon Cryer (writer)
Richard Schenkman (writer)
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Jon Cryer ... Daniel
Rick Stear ... Stan
Rafael Báez ... Richie

Ione Skye ... Gabby

Frank Whaley ... Skee-Ball Weasel

Peter Gerety ... Maurice
Akili Prince ... Julie

Aesha Waks ... Cindy Goldclang

Dominic Chianese ... Mickey (The Photographer)
Susan Foster ... Jennifer
Christina Hernandez ... Alegra, Richie's sister
William Wise ... Sexy Larry (The Store Owner)
Patricia Mauceri ... Mrs. Muñoz

Leslie Hendrix ... The Bearded Lady
Jesse Lenat ... Jojo
Brandon Espinoza ... 12 Year Old Stan

Timothy Reifsnyder ... 12 Year Old Daniel (as Timmy Reifsnyder)
Richard Acosta ... 12 Year Old Richie

Laura Breckenridge ... 12 Year Old Gabby

Judy Reyes ... Waitress

Robert Levine ... Sol
Helmar Augustus Cooper ... Bumper Car Operator

Justin Pierre Edmund ... Kid
Fernando López ... Richie's Brother

Richard Schenkman ... Freak Show Guy

Norbert Leo Butz ... Pawnbroker

Marceline Hugot ... Homeless Woman

Roz Ryan ... Nurse

Peggy Pope ... Mrs. Bernstein
Maylin Pultar ... Consuela

Wilson Jermaine Heredia ... Darcy
Diane Cheng ... Mrs. Liu

Eugene Byrd ... Teenage Friend
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Janai P. Canada ... Lady in the resturant
Robin Dorian ... Dog Walker

Shawn G. Smith ... Pizza Guy
Steven Howley ... Extra (uncredited)
George Nicolaidis ... Pizza Customer (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Schenkman 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jon Cryer  writer
Richard Schenkman  writer

Produced by
Jon Cryer .... producer
Annie Flocco .... associate producer
Lawrence Elmer Fuhrmann Jr. .... line producer
Richard Schenkman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Midge Ure 
 
Cinematography by
Adam Beckman 
 
Film Editing by
Richard LaBrie 
 
Casting by
Mark Saks 
 
Production Design by
Bill Stabile 
 
Costume Design by
Deirdra Elizabeth Govan 
 
Makeup Department
Joanne Ottaviano .... key hair stylist
Joanne Ottaviano .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Brandi Savitt .... production manager
Meredith Welsch .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vince P. Maggio .... first assistant director
Jason Savader .... second second assistant director
Doug Torres .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Scott Rosenstein .... art department production assistant
Franz Wise .... property master
 
Sound Department
David Alvarez .... sound mixer
Trip Brock .... supervising adr editor
Trip Brock .... supervising dialogue editor
David Michael Erwin .... sound re-recording mixer
Sean Fahimian .... assistant sound editor
Greg Mauer .... foley engineer
Rick Owens .... foley artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Will Arnot .... key grip
James Childers .... gaffer
Riad Deeb .... grip
Thomas LeGoff .... still photographer
Cliff Weisner .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Jeff Covitz .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Helen L. Collen .... wardrobe supervisor (as Helen L. Simmons)
 
Music Department
Sean Fernald .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Nuri Bell .... production assistant
Matthew Chilsen .... location manager
Kayla Thames .... location manager: Los Angeles
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for language
Runtime:
94 min
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Atmospheric, Emotional, Independent, 14 September 2000
Author: (amy@womanhattan.com) from new york city

WENT TO CONEY ISLAND...is the story of two adult best friends (Cryer and newcomer Rick Stear) who go looking for a high school buddy who is long missing and believed to be homeless. Their search brings them to Coney Island in March--a bleak, overcast landscape symbolizing their bygone youth and abandoned dreams.

The cinematography is stunning--the cloudy and captivating blues and grays of late winter. The atmospheric mise-en-scene plays a primary role in the film. The paint peeling, abandoned amusements, the deserted rides--all carry the hollow loneliness of a ghost town. Coney Island is frightening and glorious in all it's kitschy Americana run-down splendor!

The search for the lost pal takes the friends to the freak show, skeeball parlor, bumper cars, and under the boardwalk. When at last they find him, they are forced to grapple with taking action to help him treat his mental illness, and to help themselves out of the ruts (dead end jobs, alcoholism) that they have sunk to. The dialogue is rhythmic, humorous, and authentic.

Baez plays the homeless friend, Richie, with sensitivity. Rick Stear as Stan, the alcoholic, makes a passionate film debut. Pop-culture icon Jon ("Duckie") Cryer takes a serious turn as Daniel.

The flashback to the boys' "glory days" in a high school garage band--covering Adam and the Ants "AntMusic" (!)--is worth the price of admission!

It's refreshing to see a film that is well-written, socially conscious, and emotionally relevant. It is a far cry from the tired Hollywood "formula." I encourage all film-lovers to see it.

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