Jesus' Son (1999)

R  |   |  Drama  |  7 July 2000 (USA)
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A young man turns from drug addiction and petty crime to a life redeemed by a discovery of compassion.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Michael Kelly ...
Torben Brooks ...
Car Crash Driver
Dierdre Lewis ...
Driver's Wife
Jimmy Moffit ...
Car Crash Doctor
Dead Man's Wife
Steve Buck ...
Scott Oster ...
Brooke Rachel Shive ...
Beatle (as Brooke Shive)
Jack Hotel
Jesse Weaver Jr. ...
Dundun (as Mike Shannon)


A gentle and usually mellow young man, who sometimes knows things before they happen and gets vibes of premonition, tell us his story: how he met Michelle in Iowa in 1971, how he got the name Fuckhead, how she introduced him to heroin and their falling in love, his thieving, his hospital work and their time in Chicago when she gets pregnant, detox, going to Phoenix to live, AA meetings and a dance, working at a care center where he learns to touch the residents, and modifying his daily schedule so that he passes a neighboring Mennonite household at the right time to hear the wife sing Gospel songs in the shower. Slowly, very slowly, FH lets his gifts emerge. Written by <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic drug use, strong language, sexuality and some violent images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 July 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Az élet kalandja  »

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Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$37,089 (USA) (16 June 2000)


$1,282,084 (USA) (18 August 2000)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie's title comes from a line in the Velvet Underground song "Heroin". See more »


In scene where FH is shaving Bill's face, the amount and location of shaving cream changes from shot to shot. See more »


FH: All this work is messing with my high.
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References Follow That Dream (1962) See more »


The Family That Prays
Written by Charles Louvin and Ira Louvin
Performed by The Louvin Brothers
Courtesy of Capitol Nashville
Under License from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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tired little tale
12 July 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This dreamy little film is well acted (especially by Crudup), and nicely filmed, but it really goes nowhere, and does so for a very long time. It follows "FH", played by Crudup. A drug induced loser, and his failed relationship with his girlfriend, played by the talented Samantha Morton. Simply put, it's pretty to look at, but it's dull and nothing new.

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