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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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Cast

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)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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

Goofs

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

Quotes

FH: All these... weirdos, and me... getting a little better every day right in the middle of 'em. I had never known... I had never even imagined for a heartbeat that... there might be a place in the world for people like us.
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Connections

References Follow That Dream (1962) See more »

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The Iowa Waltz
Written by Greg Brown
Performed by Greg Brown
Courtesy of Red House Records
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I tell you things aren't quite the same
26 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Being a huge fan of Denis Johnson and Lou Reed, I was curious how they could make a movie from such unusually random events. The movie does such a great job stitching together Johnson's stories. They are extraordinary, humorous, and often touching. Together they make, in my opinion, one of the best 'drug' related movies ever. It is Borroughsesque in its candid, accurate portrayal of heroin addiction. The flashbacks and fuzzy pieced together vignettes resemble the actual effect heroin has on time. Time seems to slow down with days starting to blur into nights. The movie really touched me as I saw some of FH in myself. I too am a recovering addict. I have been clean for over a year now. Thank god for suboxone!!! For anyone grappling with heroin addiction please consider suboxone therapy. It has truly saved my life, marriage, and sanity.


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