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By Hook or by Crook (2001)

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By Hook or by Crook chronicles the tale of two unlikely friends who commit petty crimes as they search for a path to understanding themselves and the outside world. Silas Howard plays Shy (... See full summary »


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Crazy Nut in Park
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By Hook or by Crook chronicles the tale of two unlikely friends who commit petty crimes as they search for a path to understanding themselves and the outside world. Silas Howard plays Shy (a transgender man), who leaves his small town after the death of his father, and heads to the big city to live a life of crime. Along the way, he encounters Valentine, a quirky adoptee, in search of his birth mother. An immediate kinship is sparked between these men and they become partners in crime. Suffering money troubles, emotional problems, and physical confrontations, the duo face their issues head on and learn to trust each other and support each other in pursuit of their goals. Written by azr

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Release Date:

17 June 2001 (USA)  »

Box Office

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$1,802 (USA) (25 October 2002)


$1,802 (USA) (25 October 2002)

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Valentine: Did you ever hear about those monks, who just walk around real slow and careful, and they're careful about everything, and they don't step on any bugs, and the main thing is that they don't hurt or kill anything their whole lives?
Shy: What's your point?
Valentine: Well... we're just hitting lots of bugs all the way along here.
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The film is "dedicated to Kovic." (Kris), who also plays the part of the "old man in park." See more »


Featured in Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (2006) See more »


Written by Low
Performed by Low
Courtesy of Chair Kicker's Music (BMI)
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fairly impressive debut
20 June 2003 | by (indianapolis, IN) – See all my reviews

I didn't go out of my way to see this one but I found myself surprised at how interested I was in these characters. I found them very believable.

I suppose some sections may have appeared creaky or stiff. But those of us who are fans of indies, well, every now & then it's worth it to wait out the imperfect stuff.

My favorite parts of the movie were times in which not too much was going on

  • when the characters were just hangin' out talkin' well, trash.

I found at least one of Val's crazy musings fairly thought provoking.

And I was really impressed with how they decided to go with Sly's attempt to hold up a convenience store toward the end of the movie. That seemed -very- believable.

I dunno..I wish I could hang out with these two more. One hopes for further adventures...

More than anything tho, I was just glad they found each other. They make one hell of a team.

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