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Jesus' Son (1999)

R | | Drama | 7 July 2000 (USA)
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:
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FH
Robert Michael Kelly ...
Salesman
Torben Brooks ...
Car Crash Driver
Dierdre Lewis ...
Driver's Wife
Jimmy Moffit ...
Car Crash Doctor
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Dead Man's Wife
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Steve Buck ...
Richard
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Tom
Scott Oster ...
Stan
Brooke Rachel Shive ...
Beatle (as Brooke Shive)
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Jack Hotel
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McInnes
Jesse Weaver Jr. ...
Carl
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Dundun (as Mike Shannon)
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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

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7 July 2000 (USA)  »

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Az élet kalandja  »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$37,089 (USA) (18 June 2000)

Gross:

$1,282,084 (USA) (20 August 2000)
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2.35 : 1
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Denis Johnson: As a man who has been stabbed in the eye by his wife. See more »

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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 »

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[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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Connections

Features Carnival of Souls (1962) See more »

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Soul Dressing
Written by Booker T. Jones, Lewie Steinberg, Steve Cropper (as Stephen Cropper),
and Al Jackson Jr.
Performed by Booker T. & the M.G.s (as Booker T. and the MG's)
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Strange film, but a good one
8 December 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this, it's different. The plot is non-linear, but that doesn't really matter. It contains scenes that may disturb, but for one reason or another, I forgot to be disturbed. The acting is very good, I don't think I'd ever seen a Billy Crudup film before, and came away with a new name to search for. The soundtrack is excellent, the humour is odd, but it's the supporting cast which make the film; the cameo's are all spot on. I dislike Denis Leary, but he's good here, I wasn't a particularly big fan of JB Jack Black either, but he shines here and I saw him in a new light.

Low budget, sure, more films could do with the charm of this one, it tries to do something different, and I think it's a winner.


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