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Hysterical Blindness (2002)

TV-MA | | Drama | TV Movie 21 August 2002
Two friends lament their unhappy single lives while searching for Mr. Right in 1980s New Jersey.

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »
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Bobby (as Anthony De Sando)
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Dora
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Tonya
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Storyline

In this bittersweet slice of working class single New Jersey life, best friends Debby and Beth (both pushing thirty) go looking for love in the wrong place - namely their favorite bar, Oliver's. Rugged contractor Rick eyes Beth but ends up going home with the more assertive Debby. Beth's style is further cramped by the responsibilities of single motherhood. As Debby tries to parlay what was essentially a casual fling into possible marriage with an indifferent Rick, her mother Virginia wonders if her affair with widower Nick is the real thing. Rounding out the romantic possibilities is Bobby, the bartender who flirts with Beth. The women clash as plans go awry, tragedy strikes, and hearts get broken. In the end, Debby, Beth, and Virginia find, if not the relationships of their dreams, peace with each other and within themselves. Written by Schleppy

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In the 80's, they said love was a battlefield...they were right.

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21 August 2002 (USA)  »

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Ceguera histérica  »

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Trivia

The exterior of the bar is actually an apartment building in Paterson, New Jersey. Beer signs and background actors were placed in the windows (which themselves were altered to match the windows at the interior bar location) to create the appearance of a bar. The interiors were filmed at a closed-down bar/restaurant in Bayonne, New Jersey. See more »

Goofs

The movie is set in 1987, but there are many late-90's model vehicles. See more »

Quotes

Debby Miller: What are we going to order we order?
Beth: Ok lets start with a shot, and then get two Rolling Rocks.
Debby Miller: Yeah, tequila?
Beth: Yeah, salt?
Debby Miller: Yes salt, I don't want people to think I don't know how to do a shot of tequila!
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Connections

Featured in The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2003) See more »

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Girls Just Want To Have Fun
Written by Robert Hazard
Performed by Cyndi Lauper
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AMAZING!!!
9 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

This film was AMAZING!!! Being as how UMA THURMAN is already my favorite actress, this movie just made me love her more. It's a great story. It lets us look at love from so many different angles. All the female characters in this film are strong an independent, but each is so lonesome, and yearnful for love, that they inevitably seek love in all the wrong places. This is a movie that will make you think about your life, and the way you search for happiness and contentment. There are ASTOUNDING performances by Uma Thurman (obviously,she won the golden globe she was so great) and also by Gena Rowlands and Jullite Lewis.I'll admit it, I laughed and cried during the course of this movie. You feel so bad for the characters when bad things happen. You connect with them all, and try to relate to them. It's a great feeling to go see a movie, and be able to leave a different person. Thats what happened to me after seeing this film! You all should check out this movie and appreciate all the love and heartbreak it brings to the screen!


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