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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 »
Genre:
Tagline:
The best place to be. See more »
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Not great but well written and interesting enough to engage for the duration of the film See more (22 total) »

Cast

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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)
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Directed by
Allison Anders 
Kurt Voss 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
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
 
Thanks
Chris Connelly .... thanks
Cameron Crowe .... thanks
Falco .... dedicatee: in loving memory
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for strong language, some drug content and sexuality
Runtime:
92 min | Argentina:92 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
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The groupies for John Taylor's character "Clive" were real John Taylor fans recruited by Allison Anders from John's website.See more »
Soundtrack:
Tragedy by DefinitionSee more »

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Not great but well written and interesting enough to engage for the duration of the film, 7 November 2006
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Los Angeles may be full of rock and film stars but it is also full of those that used to be stars and those that want to be stars. On the edge of the LA scene is one band of former rock stars looking to rekindle the success they had together in the 1980's. Around them are an equal number of wannabes looking for the dream break whether it be getting a good part in a good film or making a record with a producer with at least one Grammy to his name.

Those unsure of whether or not they will like this film or not need only watch any 5 or 10 minute window of it and they will get the idea. This is because the film doesn't really seek to have a definite narrative in the sense of "this happened, that happened then this happened" but rather is about a particular scene and the characters within it. As such it does what it does well consistently across the film and, although some viewers won't like it, it is reliable if you do. For me I quite enjoyed it mainly because I found the characters quite engaging – perhaps not all that likable but interesting at least. It helps that Anders and Voss have written convincing characters and given them dialogue that rarely falls flat. It isn't anything amazing though and viewers shouldn't expect to be gripped or experience anything too strong in regards emotions.

The cast respond pretty well to the film being based on characters rather than actions and they mostly turn in good performances. The likes of Kemp, Des Barres and Taylor are understandably convincing and perhaps a little brave for opening themselves up to the risks within the story. Sheedy is not really in the main story but is still good as she delivers a frustrated and nervy character, manipulated by the ruthless side of others. Arquette is impressive in a role that again she was brave to take simply because of the comparisons that could have been drawn out by the directors. I found Doe to be a bit flat and Klein to be an bit difficult to like but generally everyone responded well.

Not a great film by any means but it is quite engaging and enjoyable. Some viewers will be frustrated by the lack of narrative flow and will perhaps not like the characters but generally it does work. I doubt it will stick with me and I wouldn't have wanted to spend too much longer in this world but for 90 minutes it was interesting and amusing.

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