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Waydowntown (2000)

R | | Comedy | 25 January 2002 (USA)
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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Cast

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Fab Filippo ...
Tom Bennett (as Fabrizio Filippo)
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Sandra West
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Curt Schwin
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Kathy
Tobias Godson ...
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Vicki Strayhorn
James McBurney ...
Phil
Derek Flores ...
Paul
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June
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Julian
Judith Buchan ...
Mrs. Drysdale
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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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25 January 2002 (USA)  »

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CAD 1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,240, 27 January 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$19,583, 2 June 2002
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The Radio Station CJAY 92 that plays "Start A Rumor Day" throughout the film is a real rock station in Calgary, and those are the stations actual DJs talking, and the phone number that is mentioned (249-CJ92) is the station's phone number. See more »

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When Bradley staples messages to his chest, the padding under his shirt is visible. See more »

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Randy: I'm sick of five. It's a poor man's three.
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Featured in A Simple Curve (2005) See more »

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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 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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