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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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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
Dona Hardy ... Mrs. King (Organist)
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
David Ho .... sound re-recording 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
Location Management
Jason Pickering .... location manager
Music Department
Scott Breadman .... musician: percussion
George S. Clinton .... musician: keyboards
Rick Cunha .... musician: acoustic guitar
Rick Cunha .... score mixer
Rick Cunha .... score recordist
Joel Derouin .... musician: fiddlle
Suzie Katayama .... musician: accordion
Greg Leisz .... musician: steel guitar (as Gregg Leisz)
Ed Marx .... music editor
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
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 supposed 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: In our first view of the corpse, it is wearing red lipstick. In the very next view, the lips are pink. Then they are red again in subsequent scenes.See more »
Sissy:[as she looks at a card on the flowers in the church after paying last respects to her sister] "Jesus called, Peggy answered... Awwwwwwwww"See more »
Someone To Grow Youn WithSee more »


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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Pure laughs, 8 September 2002
Author: budikavlan from Austin, Texas

As a rule, I hate superlatives, but this is one of the 4 or 5 funniest movies I've ever seen. Everyone in the cast is excellent, though I have to single out Beth Grant and Leslie Jordan, who give the greatest performances of their great careers (so far). The only shortcoming of the film is the Ty-in-L.A. scenes. They aren't really bad per se, but "coming out angst" scenes appeal to virtually no one besides the screenwriter. If you're gay, you're sick of them, and if you aren't, they either offend you or mean nothing to you. They should've been left out (or at least scaled back). Fortunately, they're over after a while and we can get on to the comedy peak of the show--the funeral, which is hysterical. This movie played for months in cities around the country, and for good reason.

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