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Sordid Lives -- Three generations of a wacky Texas family uncover secrets and lies when they gather for the funeral of their elderly grandmother, who was found dead in a seedy hotel room next to a much younger man.
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Writers (WGA):
Del Shores (play)
Del Shores (screenplay)
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Release Date:
11 May 2001 (USA) See more »
A black comedy about white trash. See more »
As three generations of a family in a small Texas town gather for a funeral, we learn the hilarious, sad, trashy truth of the "Sordid Lives." Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Olivia Newton-John ... Bitsy Mae Harling

Kirk Geiger ... Ty Williamson
Sarah Hunley ... Juanita Bartlett

Newell Alexander ... Wardell 'Bubba' Owens

Beau Bridges ... G.W. Nethercott
Earl Houston Bullock ... Odell Owens (as Earl H. Bullock)

Beth Grant ... Sissy Hickey

Delta Burke ... Noleta Nethercott

Leslie Jordan ... Earl 'Brother Boy' Ingram

Mitch Carter ... Bumper

Bonnie Bedelia ... Latrelle Williamson

Sharron Alexis ... Sara Kaufman
Ann Walker ... LaVonda DuPree
Mary Margaret Lewis ... Ethel (as Mary-Margaret Lewis)

Rosemary Alexander ... Dr. Eve Bolinger

Lorna Scott ... Vera Lisso

Dale Dickey ... Glyndora

Robert Lewis Stephenson ... Crazy Preacher Man
Carl Balton ... Riley
Jane George ... Crying Mental Patient
Sharyn Leavitt ... Nurse Jackson
Andrew Trosmans ... Jason (as Andrew Hawkins)

Beverly Nero ... Theater Director
Gloria LeRoy ... Peggy Ingram
Terry Brannon ... Tom Ed
Donna Hardy ... Mrs. King (Organist) (as Dona Hardy)
William Phipps ... Rev. Barnes (as William Edward Phipps)
Rona Newton-John ... Ty's Therapist
Carl Chase ... Naked Men (Background Performers)

Joel Craig ... Naked Man
Peter Dunaj ... Naked Men (Background Performers)
Tom O'Berg ... Naked Men (Background Performers)
Armando Sancho-Garza ... Naked Men (Background Performers)
Scott Sturgis ... Naked Men (Background Performers)
Matt Leavitt ... Bar Musicians (Background Performers)
David Frazer ... Bar Musicians (Background Performers)
Larry Dean ... Bar Musicians (Background Performers)
Adam Feierstein ... Mental Institution Orderly
Makenna Cowgill ... Smiling Baby
Wayne Peavey ... Songleader (as Dr. Wayne Peavey)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ronnie Claire Edwards ... Funeral Guest (uncredited)

Karen Pellant ... Cowgirl (uncredited)

Darrell Philip ... Funeral Guest (uncredited)
Dana Vitatoe ... Cowboy (uncredited)

Directed by
Del Shores 
Writing credits
Del Shores (play)

Del Shores (screenplay)

Produced by
Victoria Alonso .... producer
Max Civon .... producer
George Conda .... co-producer
Steve Cubine .... associate producer
Monica Deeter .... associate producer
James Echerd .... associate producer (as Jim Echerd)
Matt Gohd .... co-producer
J. Todd Harris .... producer
Reuben Jacobs .... co-producer
Scott Jones .... co-producer
Jourdan Krauss .... associate producer (as Jourdan E. Krauss)
Sharyn Leavitt .... producer (as Sharyn Lane)
William Phipps .... co-producer (as William Edward Phipps)
Linda Swartz .... co-producer (as Linda Katzen Swartz)
Original Music by
George S. Clinton 
Cinematography by
Max Civon 
Film Editing by
Ed Marx 
Casting by
Ferne Cassel 
Production Design by
Steve Cubine 
Art Direction by
Steve Cubine 
Costume Design by
James Echerd  (as Jim Echerd)
Makeup Department
Veronica Lane .... key makeup artist (as Verónica García)
Robin McWilliams .... key hair stylist
Karen Toole-Rentrop .... makeup artist (as Karen D. Toole)
Soo-Jin Yoon .... key makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gina Robertson .... second assistant director
Brian J. Terwilliger .... first assistant director (as Brian Terwilliger)
Art Department
John Hagen .... assistant art director
John Hagen .... property master
Mark Jordan .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Gail Carroll-Coe .... boom operator
Robert Gravenor .... sound mixer
Gary Krivacek .... supervising sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Rosemary Alexander .... on-set still photographer
David Frazer .... grip
Tom Gleason .... assistant camera
Roy C. Granada .... gaffer
April Lanci-Leseur .... assistant camera (as April Lanci)
Curtis Pepper .... gaffer
David Swett .... first assistant camera
Dana Vitatoe .... grip
Isabella Vosmikova .... unit still photographer
Jason Young .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Paula Avazian .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Monica Deeter .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Ed Marx .... music editor
Margot Rose .... co-composer: title song
Transportation Department
Chris Prescott .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Ed Baran .... unit publicist
Peter J. Clark .... script supervisor
Monica Deeter .... production coordinator
James Echerd .... associate Location manager
Kimberly Emerson .... assistant production coordinator
Lizzie Knight .... craft service
Karen Mann .... production assistant
Jason Pickering .... location manager
Chris Prescott .... chief of security
Chris Prescott .... first aid
Julie Sneed .... production assistant
Tara Tremaine .... production assistant
Corey C. Witte .... assistant to producer
Beverly Nero .... very special thanks
Tammy Wynette .... dedicatee

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Rated R for sexual content, nudity and language
111 min
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Did You Know?

This film contains many of the original actors from the long running stage-production, with the actors who originated the Bonnie Bedelia and Beau Bridges roles (Mary Margaret Lewis and Mitch Carter) playing the receptionist Ethel and security guard in the mental institution.See more »
Continuity: Latrelle takes the lighter fluid from G.W. and then sticks it into her purse where it is out of sight. When we next see the purse a moment later, the lighter fluid is sticking out of the top of the purse.See more »
Dr. Eve:You have got to get over this Tammy Wynette fixation!
Brother Boy:Well, someone's got to carry on her legacy now that she's gone!
Dr. Eve:You've been doing this for twenty-three years! What was your excuse before she died?
Brother Boy:My mind's a blank.
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References Philadelphia (1993)See more »
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Small Town Americana, 1 September 2007
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

Rather than being plot driven as in most films, "Sordid Lives" is character driven. Some ten to twelve main characters who live, or have lived, in a small town in West Texas chat, argue, hug, gossip, lament, reflect on, laugh at, debate, divulge, confer, confide in, and generally shoot the breeze, as they go about their drab existence, in preparation for a funeral. Adapted from a stage play, this film comedy is, not surprisingly, heavy on dialogue. The characters have their own unique quirks and personality idiosyncrasies, and are interesting for the most part.

Sissy (Beth Grant) is an older, fussy woman who stings herself with a rubber band on her arm, as a way to quit smoking. Latrelle (Bonnie Bedelia) and LaVonda (Ann Walker) are Sissy's two nieces who argue with each other about everything. Then you've got Noleta (Delta Burke), a tacky trailer park type married to G.W. (Beau Bridges), a man whose two wooden legs caused the death of Sissy's sister. Then there's Brother Boy (Leslie Jordan), Latrelle and LaVonda's brother, who is confined to an institution because he is a flaming transvestite who dresses like Tammy Wynette. Brother Boy is a hoot in that bizarre outfit, and with that deadpan expression and slow Texas nasal twang. To complicate matters, Latrelle's son Ty (Kirk Geiger), is a gay actor who is trying to recover from his boyhood in provincial West Texas.

I liked the first half of the film better than the second half, which trends in the direction of plot absurdity, as two characters enter a bar with guns, and one character threatens to set fire to himself.

With its absence of background music, its exaggerated acting (over the top at times), its indoor sets, and absence of scene transitions at times, "Sordid Lives" feels very much like a TV sitcom. The costumes are colorful and charmingly tacky. Cinematography is conventional. Olivia Newton-John sings a couple of gospel hymns. But I could have wished for more country/western music.

If the film has one overall weakness I would say that it is its flamboyance. Characters, dialogue, acting and plot tend to be overstated; there's almost no subtlety. It's like they were trying a little too hard.

Still, the down-home humor renders lots of laughs for viewers. And underneath all the hubbub, these characters have genuine heart and soul. "Sordid Lives", ultimately, is a film whose theme is love and acceptance.

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