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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?

Delta Burke's role was originally suppose to be played as a larger woman, but when she showed up on the set having lost a lot of weight, a pivotal scene was played as if she had lost the weight, but her neglectful husband hadn't noticed. (The role was originally to be played by Patrika Darbo.)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 »
Sissy:Leticia Bustamonte, that sweet little Mexican girl who stocks the shelves, told me TOM-Ed had to reinforce that stool with lugnuts...
Latrelle Williamson:I swawn!
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Tryin' fer Tolerance in Texas, 10 June 2002
Author: Rogue-32 from L A.

Sordid Lives is the screen adaptation of Del Shores' play, and it's a hoot (and a holler) from beginning to end. When I saw it last night, I had no idea what it would be about except that Olivia Newton-John was in it, along with Beau Bridges and Bonnie Bedelia, which was more than enough to get me in the theatre. I was not disappointed. The film starts out over the top and goes only farther in that direction with every scene. It's got a wacked-out cartoon tone to it, but yet the characters ARE real, you do relate to their foibles and situations. The most fully-realized character in the piece has to be Leslie Jordan's cross-dressing Brother Boy, who makes you laugh every time he appears - you are laughing WITH him, though, not AT him, and by the end you are happy for him as well. In the wrong hands, this movie could have been a travesty of major proportions, but Del Shores (who wrote and directed) is confident enough in the value of the piece to make it work.

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