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Waydowntown (2000)

 -  Comedy  -  25 January 2002 (USA)
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A group of young employees bet a month's salary, winner takes all, on who can last the longest without going outside.

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Fab Filippo ...
Tom Bennett (as Fabrizio Filippo)
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Marya Delver ...
Sandra West
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Curt Schwin
Tammy Isbell ...
Kathy
Tobias Godson ...
Randy
Jennifer Clement ...
Vicki Strayhorn
James McBurney ...
Phil
Derek Flores ...
Paul
Xantha Radley ...
June
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Julian
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Mrs. Drysdale
Michelle Beaudoin ...
Anise
Harris Hart ...
Mr. Mather
Nick Cleary ...
James
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Four young office workers have a bet going to see who can last the longest without going outside. In the maze that is the downtown core of a large city, glass skywalks connect apartment buildings, office towers and shopping malls. Its day 28 of the bet and over the lunch hour, as the office prepares for the company founder's retirement party, things start to seriously unravel. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for language, drug use and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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CAD 1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,240 (USA) (25 January 2002)

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$19,583 (USA) (31 May 2002)
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As the movie progresses, Tom Bennett's shirt and tie change colors. See more »

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In an early scene, Tom and Ralph mention that they are on day 24 of their bet. When Tom gets to his desk, the next "cross off" on his calendar marks day 27. See more »

Quotes

[Tom is on the phone speaking to who he believes is Curt, but he's really speaking to Brad]
Tom Bennett: Listen, Curt, I'm not saying competition is a bad thing, OK. I mean, certainly it's got its good points. I mean you don't want to turn out like 'Sadly I'm Bradley' or anything.
Brad: Sadly, I'm Bradley.
Tom Bennett: Yeah, it's pretty funny, huh?
Brad: Sadly, I *am* Bradley.
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Downtown
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Written by Tony Hatch
Performed by Petula Clark
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A hilarious psychological comedy that is worth finding.
18 April 2002 | by (Milwaukee, WI, USA) – See all my reviews

A hilarious psychological comedy where 4 Calgary coworkers bet on who can go the longest without going outside. The exaggerated personality degradation and hallucinations are funny and successful at drawing the audience into their warped world. There is a glass ant farm that is shown often as an allegory to the people living in the channeled tubes of sky walks & high-rises, and it serves a narration at a couple points. The actors did convey a sense of disorientation from having been indoors for 24 days, but it seemed from their behavior that they were indoors somewhat longer. The story takes place in one fateful day when several big events occur that they can't fully handle because of the bet induced stress, but a critical enlightenment is also realized. In this 18 day low budget shoot, the location and background information are left fuzzy intentionally as are the costume changes that occur randomly. This was shot in DV which made the post production effects much easier on a budget, so they are used with good results throughout the story. Film maker Gary Burns feels that the sky walk system "ruined down town Calgary," and even the title is part of his film statement of "modernization gone terribly wrong." This movie is worth going to see if you can find it.


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