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Johnny, the megalomaniac leader of a group of squeegee kids, finds a video camera and pushes his followers into "acting" out increasingly dangerous "scenes". | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Chris William Martin ... Johnny (as Chris Martin)

Gema Zamprogna ... Alice

Kris Lemche ... Sean
Vanessa Shaver ... Dell
Clinton Walker ... Albert

Rainbow Francks ... Gus (as Rainbow Sun Francks)
Daniel Enright ... Marcus

Kyra Harper ... Ma

Hrothgar Mathews ... Bob

Sabrina Grdevich ... Boutique Clerk
Robert Eaton ... Hooker Client
Ellen Hitchcock ... Dell & Alice's Ma

Junior Williams ... Bible Thumper
Bob Kirk ... Man in Car 3

Hugh Dillon ... Dell and Alice's Dad
Randy Kwan ... Man in Car 1 / Thug
James Donabie ... Man in Car 2
Ian Butler ... Diner Owner
Tim White ... Thug
Dale Harrison ... Thug

Directed by
Carl Bessai 
Writing credits
Carl Bessai (writer)

Produced by
Carl Bessai .... producer
Daniel Enright .... co-producer
Rainbow Francks .... co-producer (as Rainbow Sun Francks)
Kyra Harper .... co-producer
Kris Lemche .... co-producer
Chris William Martin .... co-producer (as Chris Martin)
Vanessa Shaver .... co-producer
Clinton Walker .... co-producer
Gema Zamprogna .... co-producer
Cinematography by
John Westheuser 
Film Editing by
Manfred Becker 
Casting by
Julia Tait 
Costume Design by
Heather MacCrimmon 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Virginia Abramovich .... second assistant director
Daniel Oron .... first assistant director
Anita Princl .... third assistant director
Sound Department
Ray Cook .... optical soundtrack
Steve McNamee .... sound recordist
Sanjay Mehta .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Eva Percewicz .... first assistant camera (as Eva Percowicz)
Other crew
Brigitta Schmidt .... production coordinator

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Considered to be the first North American film shot in the style of Dogma 95.See more »
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Heavy themes, tender moments, 30 May 2000
Author: Grand from United States

Johnny (Chris William Martin of "Felicity") is a sociopath, but his charisma is so overwhelming that it is easy to see how easily people can overlook this in a leader. He is strong, powerful, and -- most alarmingly -- tender and loving to his followers. In one moment he may be encouraging them to humiliate themselves, in the next goading them into acts of extreme violence against one another, and then making it all better by bestowing (apparently sincere) affection on his groupies. Johnny is a Hitler, a Mao, a rock star, a Charles Manson, and a messianic martyr rolled into one package. In other environments than the streets, he might have become a politician, an entertainer, a military leader, president of a Yale secret society, or the dark shadow of J. Pierpont Finch, rising from mailroom clerk to corporate command. This is one powerful movie!

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