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Writers (WGA):
Allison Anders (written by) &
Kurt Voss (written by)
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Raped of her innocence. Robbed of his manhood. In search of a second chance.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Aria Alpert ... Violet
Ruben Anders ... Carlos

Rosanna Arquette ... Pete
Mitchell Boshnack ... Cape Canaveral Police Officer #1
Owen Butler ... Young Owen
Caitlin Caldwell ... Girl at House

Don Cheadle ... Chuck
Bill Cordell ... AA Secretary
Justin DePrume ... Young Dan (as Justin De Prume)

Kim Dickens ... Sherry

Hal Dion ... Public Defender

Brittany Renee Finamore ... Young Sherry (as Brittany Finamore)

Alison Folland ... Lulu
Jessie Gelaznick ... Magazine Intern / L.A. Club Band: Cowboys and Indians
Jade Gordon ... Sam

Francis T. Hickman Jr. ... Cape Canaveral Police Officer #2 (as Frank Hickman)

Jessica Howell ... Jamie

Patsy Kensit ... Denise
Kadu Lennox ... Jeremy

Kai Lennox ... Colin

Joshua Leonard ... Todd

Gabriel Mann ... Owen
Jonathan Osteen ... Sonny
Talia Osteen ... Kathy
Ed Pellasce ... Corrections Officer (as Sgt Ed Pellasce)

Elizabeth Peña ... Carmen

CCH Pounder ... Judge

Shawn Reaves ... Tex
Alexander Sommer ... Randy
Stephanie Stern ... Truck Stop Girl

Eric Stoltz ... Dan

Marty Stonerock ... AA Speaker
Rob Sullivan ... Club Bystander

Tom Caffey ... Martin - The Sherry McGrale Band

J. Mascis ... Fred - The Sherry McGrale Band (as J Mascis)
Steve McDonald ... Alex - The Sherry McGrale Band
Jeffrey McDonald ... Eric - The Sherry McGrale Band (as Jeff McDonald)
Chad King ... L.A. Club Band: Cowboys and Indians
Josh Maynard ... L.A. Club Band: Cowboys and Indians
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael S. Nunez ... Boardwalk Employee (uncredited)
Kristen Vigard ... Singing Voice (uncredited)

Directed by
Allison Anders 
Writing credits
Allison Anders (written by) &
Kurt Voss (written by)

Produced by
Robin Alper .... producer
Gary Barkin .... executive producer
Rick Dallago .... co-producer
Amy Eldridge .... associate producer
Marla Grossman .... executive producer
Daniel Hassid .... producer
Doug Mankoff .... producer
Joseph Rice .... executive producer
Peter Wetherell .... executive producer
Original Music by
Sonic Youth 
Cinematography by
Terry Stacey (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Chris Figler 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Mark Bennett 
Billy Hopkins 
Suzanne Smith 
Production Design by
Jeffrey Scott Taylor  (as Jeffrey S. Taylor)
Set Decoration by
Vera Mills 
Costume Design by
Jody Felz 
Makeup Department
Karina Del Bel .... hair assistant
Karina Del Bel .... makeup assistant
Noah Hatton .... hair extensions: Kim Dickens
Dolores Hernández .... key hair stylist (as Delores Hernandez)
Dolores Hernández .... key makeup artist (as Delores Hernandez)
Production Management
Lia DeCicco .... production supervisor
Daniel Hassid .... unit production manager (as Dan Hassid)
Douglas Salkin .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Delphine Lafont .... second assistant director
Jamin O'Brien .... first assistant director
Art Department
James Hayward .... property master
Joseph E. Stone .... set dresser (as Joe Stone)
Robert Welch .... set dresser (as Bob Welch)
Sound Department
Doug Andham .... sound re-recording mixer (as Doug Andorka)
Dave Arms .... production sound mixer
Lisa Hannan .... sound editor
Jessica Harrison .... apprentice sound editor
Markus Innocenti .... supervising sound editor
Shawn Ian Kerkhoff .... assistant sound editor
John Kohlbrenner .... sound effects editor
Jesse Pomeroy .... sound editor
Reuben Simon .... sound editor
Paul Stanley .... sound facilities liaison
Jon Tendrich .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
Eleanor Harwood .... magic bullet producer
Aaron Rhodes .... magic bullet colorist
Ziad Seirafi .... CGI supervisor: titles
Dan Walker .... titles
Camera and Electrical Department
Clark Cardwell .... company grip
Oliver Cary .... camera operator: "b" camera
Oliver Cary .... first assistant camera
Brandon Click .... still photographer
Jason Grant .... company grip
Soleil Konkel .... assistant camera
Michael Lewis .... digital still photographer
Al Maletesta .... electrician
John Muliler .... best boy electric
Richard Rammee .... key grip (as Richard Ramee)
Steve Ramsey .... gaffer
John Sawyer .... best boy grip
Andy Seely .... electrician
Casting Department
Ed Arenas .... casting: Florida
Mark Bennett .... casting: New York
Deborah Maxwell Dion .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Editorial Department
Christopher Johnson .... assistant editor
Melissa Wegman .... Bond Co. Post Superviser
Music Department
Doug DeAngelis .... composer: additional music
Chris Figler .... music editor
Kevin Haskins .... composer: additional music
Bobby Lavelle .... music consultant
Howard Paar .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
David Hamilton .... transportation captain
Other crew
Devon Anders .... production assistant
Blake Ashman .... set production assistant
Brik Berkes .... production assistant
Michael Bruggink .... production assistant
Mark Dempsey .... production office: Los Angeles
Albert T. Dickerson III .... completion bond
Jennifer DiQuollo .... craft service
Michael Donner .... post-production accountant
Amy Eldridge .... production accountant
Jason Graham .... key set production assistant
Jennifer S. Jackson .... script supervisor (as Jennifer Helmuth)
Brian McCloskey .... production office: Los Angeles
Karyn Rachtman .... consultant
Benjamin R. Reder .... production counsel (as Benjamin Reder Esq.)
Kelly Rouse .... assistant: Echo Lake producers
Dana Smith .... script supervisor
Liza Hall .... thanks

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Rated R for strong sexual violence, sexuality, language and substance abuse
120 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:MA (cable rating) | Australia:R (original rating) | UK:15 | USA:R
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Did You Know?

The film is based on Allison Anders' personal experience when she was raped at the age of 12 and then brutally manhandled by a stepfather until she ran away from home at the age of 17. The rape scene in the film was actually filmed in exactly the same house where Anders was raped as a child.See more »
Sherry:[In bed with Colin and Jeremy, just after rape-reenactment scene] Who's next?See more »
Mas Que NadaSee more »


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Excellent, 8 June 2002
Author: spudonthesofa from Illinois

It was such a painful movie, I don't know how to describe it. All I can say is that it was so well done that I was almost forced to watch it. I couldn't bring myself to change the channel. It was well written, well acted and well directed. Kim Dickens and Gabriel Mann did an astounding job portraying the victims. I could feel Sherri's pain like it was my own and I felt pain for Owen, as well. The only thing I felt could have been done differently is that Owen was just as much a victim as Sherri was. He was just a child at the time of the rape. How can he have been held responsible for something he didn't want any part of and was forced into by his sociopathic brother? He suffered for it, too. I understand why Sherri had trouble dealing with him up to a point but it seems that everyone involved forgot that he had been a defenseless child, too. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who's ever been a victim or knows a victim.

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