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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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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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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)  »

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Az élet kalandja  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Denis Johnson:  As a man who has been stabbed in the eye by his wife. See more »


According to the director and screenwriter, many continuity mistakes were intentional. FH misremembers the stories each time he tells them and so there are intentional differences inserted when shots reappear in the film. See more »


[FH starts up a mock interview]
FH: There are some people out there who would like to know a thing or two about you. Would you describe yourself for those people?
Bill: I don't know...I'm like a fat piece of shit, I guess.
FH: He's overweight.
Bill: I've been shot twice though.
FH: Twice?
Bill: Yeah, once by each wife. Total of 3 bullets, making 4 holes, 3 in, 1 out.
FH: And you're still alive?
Bill: Are you kidding?
FH: No.
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References Easy Come, Easy Go (1967) See more »


The Love You Save
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Performed by Joe Tex
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Not just for smack fiends anymore.
22 October 2001 | by (St. Paul, Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Beautiful, humane film filled with menagerie of "off-the-wall" (sorry) supporting characters. This film succeeds where all other "drug films" fail. It doesn't cram a message down your throat. It's not concerned with retreading the territory of "Trainspotting" or its clones. It has similar scenes, but the tone is completely different. Billy Crudup also delivers his real star-making performance (this came out before "Almost Famous") as a young man whose name begins with an 'F' and ends with an 'uckhead'. His rambling narrative makes this film seem more like a friendly anecdote than a wittier-than-thou voice-over which always seems to do more to flatten out a film than to expand it. This film uses drugs as a vehicle to show how all of us need some sort of redemption, but we have to get it on our own terms.

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