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Writers (WGA):
Allison Anders (written by) &
Kurt Voss (written by)
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Release Date:
10 January 2001 (France) See more »
The best place to be. See more »
Unimpassioned look at the lives of struggling L.A. scene rock stars follows main character, Gwen, on her quest for the top... See more » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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Jade Gordon ... Gwen

John Taylor ... Clive

Michael Des Barres ... Nick

Martin Kemp ... Jonesy
Larry Klein ... Burt

John Doe ... Carl

Lucinda Jenney ... Kate
Marion Moseley ... In Utero Baby
Veronica Nommenson ... Violet
Elena Nommenson ... Rose
Amelia Nommenson ... Daisy

Ally Sheedy ... Liz
Nicholas Walker ... Masseuse

Rosanna Arquette ... Eva
Jeffrey McDonald ... Kevin (as Jeff McDonald)
Catherine Munro ... Groupie #1

Kristina Hayes ... Groupie #2
Alyse Pozzo ... Groupie #3

Richmond Arquette ... Rick

Lumi Cavazos ... Rosio

Michael E. Rodgers ... Journalist (as Michael Rodgers)
Paige Dylan ... Nerve's Mom
Vincent Berry ... Nerve
Polly Platt ... Maggie

Chris Mulkey ... Aaron
Simon Bonney ... Band Member #1

Kelly Jones ... Band Member #2

Beverly D'Angelo ... Jane

Antonia Bogdanovich ... Maya

Kai Lennox ... Alex
Kadu Lennox ... Monte

Bijou Phillips ... Autograph Girl

Ursula Brooks ... Tracy
Lacey Rodine ... Groupie #4

Philip Tan ... Karate Instructor (as Phillip Tan)

Directed by
Allison Anders 
Kurt Voss 
Writing credits
Allison Anders (written by) &
Kurt Voss (written by)

Produced by
Nancy Griffin .... co-producer
Daniel Hassid .... producer
Nanda Rao .... co-producer
Original Music by
Larry Klein 
Cinematography by
Kristian Bernier (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Chris Figler 
Production Design by
Alyssa Coppelman 
Costume Design by
Anita Cabada 
Makeup Department
Suzan Kaminga .... hair stylist
Tara Woodworth .... assistant hair stylist
Production Management
Nanda Rao .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marshall Crosby .... first assistant director
Tjardus Greidanus .... second assistant director
Meredith Marshall .... third assistant director
Art Department
Delphine Lafont .... swing gang
Leora Lutz .... property master
Sound Department
Erik Blank .... dialogue editor
Jeff Blehr .... boom operator
Keith Burhans .... dialogue editor
Matthew Forsyth .... adr engineer
Markus Innocenti .... supervising sound editor
Eric Jaffe .... sound effects editor
John Kohlbrenner .... sound effects editor
Heather Leavitt .... adr supervisor
Paul Vik Marshall .... sound mixer
Aletha Rodgers .... sound mixer
Jussi Tegelman .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Daniel Aranyó .... best boy electric
Rachel Bedner .... camera loader
Simon Bonney .... key grip
Robin Bursey .... second assistant camera
Johnny Buzzerio .... still photographer
Kelly Jones .... gaffer
Erik Kasson .... best boy grip
Rory King .... first assistant camera
Larry Malizia .... electrician
Kyle Rokes .... grip
Allan Gustafsson .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kresta Lins .... assistant wardrobe
Editorial Department
Heather J. Morrison .... assistant editor
Gabriela Tollman .... assistant editor
Other crew
Julie Anne Adams .... production accountant (as Julie Adams)
Barry L. Caldwell .... additional script supervisor
Bridget Conrad .... craft service
Dureyshevar .... production coordinator (as Dew Ali)
Jennifer S. Jackson .... script supervisor (as Jennifer Helmuth)
Ramanan .... production assistant
Theresa Schwartzman .... production assistant
Jonny Vasic .... production assistant
James Wilson .... production executive: FilmFour
Shaun Yudelson .... production assistant
Chris Connelly .... thanks
Cameron Crowe .... thanks
Falco .... dedicatee: in loving memory

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Rated R for strong language, some drug content and sexuality
92 min | Argentina:92 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Short on plot, but long on appeal., 22 February 2003
Author: Victor Field from London, England

"Sugar Town," Allison Anders and Kurt Voss's comedy-drama about life on the fringes of the music world, doesn't have an actual story per se - it's more of a collection of vignettes that don't make a unified whole, but if it's a mess, it's a likeable one.

Following an ambitious young singer (Jade Gordon), a production designer (Ally Sheedy) who makes friends with her, a session guitarist with a pregnant wife who gets a shot at a tour with a Latin singer, a group made up of former British rock stars (amusingly, all played by actual former British rock stars) whose big deal is dependent on Beverly D'Angelo's lust for one of them ("If she had a teenage daughter... but you know how Nick is about having sex with adult women"), and Rosanna Arquette coping with a) getting offered a role as Christina Ricci's mother and b) finding her ex-rock star husband may or may not have fathered a son on tour.

The movie's casual tone leaves a few of these lines unresolved, and if it's a bother that the movie's most unsympathetic character never gets hers, the movie's abrupt ending seems more of a natural progression than a mistake on the part of the writers. References to Fiona Apple and Blur already make it seem a bit dated, but there are plenty of fun moments throughout (such as Michael Des Barres' attempt to pick up Bijou Phillips in a bar and the sight of Arquette bonding with her stepson). Not overly significant, but worth seeing. And it's nice to see Rosanna Arquette in a good movie for once - when her character comments that she hasn't been getting decent scripts, us fans know what she means.

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