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Things Behind the Sun (2001)

R  |   |  Drama, Music  |  24 January 2001 (USA)
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A young music journalist's dark memories are awakened when he goes to interview a female rock singer, and both are forced to confront troubling secrets from their pasts.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Violet (as Aria Alpert)
Ruben Anders ...
Mitchell Boshnack ...
Cape Canaveral Police Officer #1
Owen Butler ...
Young Owen
Caitlin Caldwell ...
Girl at House
Bill Cordell ...
AA Secretary
Justin DePrume ...
Young Dan (as Justin De Prume)
Public Defender
Young Sherry (as Brittany Finamore)
Magazine Intern / L.A. Club Band: Cowboys and Indians (as Jessie Gelaznick)
Jade Gordon ...


In Cocoa Beach FL, a woman shows up drunk on the same lawn on the same date three years running. What's going on? She's Sherry McGrale, a singer building a reputation on college campuses, especially for her signature song about having been raped. A rock magazine in L.A. takes notice, and writer Owen Richardson recognizes her: his older brother orchestrated the assault and involved him. Owen heads for Florida, ostensibly to do a piece on her, but in reality to try to put his own demons to rest. Wounds from the event are ruining Sherry and Owen's current relationships. Is there any prospect of healing? A judge, Sherry's manager, and a widow with young kids provide supporting arms. Written by <>

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Raped of her innocence. Robbed of his manhood. In search of a second chance.


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Rated R for strong sexual violence, sexuality, language and substance abuse | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 January 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Detrás del sol  »

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Anders couldn't get the necessary funding to shoot the film on 35mm so she was forced to shoot on digital video. See more »


Sherry: [In bed with Colin and Jeremy, just after rape-reenactment scene] Who's next?
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Back to the Old House
Performed by Mike Johnson
Written by Johnny Marr (as John Marr) and Morrissey (as Steven Morrissey)
Published by Marr Songs, Ltd. & Bona Relations, Ltd.
All rights administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Courtesy of Up Records
Under license from Sub Pop Records
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30 September 2002 | by ( – See all my reviews

Caught this movie on television. It shocked the daylights out of me. The performances and movie are incredible, but the shocking realism of the rape scenes are brutal and almost unwatchable. You will be tempted to shut this off when watching those poor girls being dragged into the rooms kicking and screaming for dear life while they're being gang raped, but dont. I didn't. A truly excellent movie. Don Cheadle is great in this as well. The scene most disturbing (noted by someone on this board) is watching that poor girl, after being raped, dragging herself through the streets, her skateboard dragging behind her. Wow. My jaw is still hanging from its hinges. THis is a good one.

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