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Writers (WGA):
Laura Cahill (play)
Laura Cahill (teleplay)
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Release Date:
21 August 2002 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Uma Thurman ... Debby Miller

Gena Rowlands ... Virginia Miller

Juliette Lewis ... Beth

Justin Chambers ... Rick

Ben Gazzara ... Nick

Anthony DeSando ... Bobby (as Anthony De Sando)

Jolie Peters ... Amber Autumn

Callie Thorne ... Carolann
Lisa Altomare ... Dora
Laura Cahill ... Tonya
Johann Carlo ... Susan

Alex Draper ... Michael
Russell Gibson ... Diner Customer
Jayne Haynes ... Annie

Susan Isaacs ... Theresa

Ali Marsh ... Trina
Wade Mylius ... Bill

Bobby Tisdale ... Guy

Susan Varon ... Rose
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jeff Chena ... Jeff (uncredited)
Charles LaPlaca ... Club Dancer (uncredited)
Tom Nobles ... Diner customer (uncredited)

Charles Pendelton ... Bar Customer (uncredited)

Rick Pisarro ... Rick's Pool Buddy (uncredited)
Sean Reid ... Bar Regular (uncredited)

Directed by
Mira Nair 
Writing credits
Laura Cahill (play)

Laura Cahill (teleplay)

Produced by
Jason Blum .... executive producer
Laura Cahill .... associate producer
Lydia Dean Pilcher .... producer
Amy Israel .... executive producer
Uma Thurman .... executive producer
Original Music by
Lesley Barber 
Cinematography by
Declan Quinn 
Film Editing by
Kristina Boden 
Casting by
Sheila Jaffe 
Georgianne Walken 
Production Design by
Stephanie Carroll 
Art Direction by
Jeffrey Mossa  (as Jeff Mossa)
Judy Rhee 
Set Decoration by
Lydia Marks 
Costume Design by
Kasia Walicka-Maimone 
Makeup Department
Rose Chatterton .... hair stylist
Robin Day .... hair stylist
Hildie Ginsberg .... additional makeup artist
Kyra Panchenko .... makeup artist: Uma Thurman and Juliette Lewis
Gianna Sparacino .... key hair stylist
Martel Thompson .... makeup artist
Production Management
Sam Connelly .... post-production supervisor
Kelley Cribben .... post-production supervisor
Shirley Davis .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael DeCasper .... first assistant director
Scott Schaeffer .... second assistant director
Matthew Sirianni .... second assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Ann Marie Auricchio .... scenic artist
Christine Beebe .... art department coordinator
Deborah Canfield .... on-set dresser (as Debbie Canfield)
Kelly Canfield .... lead man
Scott Canfield .... set dresser
Peter Donohue .... key construction grip
Amy Feldman .... art department intern
Brent Godek .... assistant props
Chris Heaps .... set dresser
Akeo Ihara .... property master
Carrie Irons .... scenic artist
John Jackson .... construction coordinator (as John C. Jackson)
Michael Jortner .... assistant props
Linda Krantz .... assistant property master
Micky Mills .... art department assistant (as Michael Mills)
Phoebe O'Connor .... art department coordinator
Steven Shellooe .... camera scenic artist (as Stephen Shellooe)
Heather Silverman .... art department intern
Greg Sullivan .... charge scenic artist
Tim Weston .... key construction grip
Benjamin White .... construction foreman
Sound Department
David Briggs .... foley editor
Paul Drenning .... adr mixer
Matthew Fleece .... foley engineer
Ken Hunold .... sound stereo consultant: Dolby
Tommy Louie .... second boom operator
Tom Nelson .... production sound mixer
Mario Ontal .... assistant sound editor
Dave Paterson .... adr editor (as David Paterson)
Dave Paterson .... dialogue editor (as David Paterson)
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Mary Ellen Porto .... supervising sound editor
Mike Schmidt .... boom operator
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Tony Arnaud .... grip
Will Arnot .... Steadicam operator (as William S. Arnot)
Rodney Bauer .... dolly grip
Braden Belmonte .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Michael Brennan .... electrician
Michael W. Brennan .... electrician
Craig Burfeindt .... additional camera loader
Adger W. Cowans .... still photographer
Glenn Davis .... best boy electric
Ed Engels Jr. .... grip
Patrick Fontana .... electrician
Edward R. Geller .... grip
John Greenway .... grip
Carlos Omar Guerra .... additional first assistant camera (as Carlos Guerra)
Bruce Jordan .... best boy grip
Mike Miller .... key grip (as Michael Miller)
John Mitchell .... electrician
Heather Norton .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Antonio Ponti .... b-camera assistant
Christopher Raymond .... camera loader
Larry Riley .... still photographer
Darren Ryan .... 24 frame video operator
Darren Ryan .... video playback operator
Gerard Sava .... camera operator: "a" camera
Gerard Sava .... director of photography: second unit
Robert Sciretta .... gaffer
Joseph Trammell .... video playback operator (as Joe Trammell)
Ron Waters .... grip
Casting Department
Katharina Eggmann .... casting associate
Karen E. Etcoff .... extras casting: New York
Trevor P. Jenkins .... casting assistant
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting
Jacqueline Kristel .... casting assistant
Martin Revere .... extras casting associate
Bill Tripician .... extras casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mickey Carleton .... wardrobe supervisor
Cara Czekanski .... assistant costume designer
Laura Downing .... key costumer
Editorial Department
John Dowdell .... colorist: video mastering
Hilary Peabody .... assistant editor
Ken Rubenfeld .... dailies colorist
Stephen R. Sheridan .... color timer (as Steve Sheridan)
Misako Shimizu .... assistant editor
Renannah Weinstein .... assistant editor (as Renannah Seliger)
Music Department
Michael Banton-Jones .... music engineer
Lesley Barber .... conductor
Lesley Barber .... orchestrator
Linda Cohen .... music supervisor
Dustin Harris .... assistant music engineer
Dustin Harris .... assistant music mixer
Shari Johanson .... music editor (as Shari Schwartz Johanson)
Evyen Klean .... music consultant
Alex Steyermark .... executive music producer
Transportation Department
Mo Fitzgerald .... transportation captain
Billy Hilt .... transportation co-captain
Other crew
Betsy Alton .... production coordinator
Peter Anders .... craft service
Robyn Aronstam .... script supervisor
Lauren Bass .... assistant to producers
Vanessa Bus .... set production assistant
Yvonne de Cock .... yoga instructor
Laurent Fauchere .... title designer
Paul D. Fischer .... production associate
Alain Fleuriot .... assistant accountant
Evan S. Frushtick .... production assistant
Russell Gibson .... stand-in: Ben Gazzara
Ginger Gonzalez .... set production assistant
Chris Haak .... title designer
Arlene Hellerman .... product placement
Joseph Helmreich .... production assistant
Nancy Herrmann .... set production assistant
Kendra Hillman .... set production assistant
Kenya Kaufman .... craft service
Travis Klose .... location assistant
Patricia LaMagna .... assistant: Uma Thurman (as Patty Lamagna)
Eric Richard Lasko .... set production assistant
Mia Lee .... assistant to producer
Mias Lee .... assistant: Dean Pilcher
Richard Mancuso .... production accountant
Jessica Milhollin .... assistant to director
Tim Monich .... dialect coach
Stephanie Nichols .... office production assistant
Sarah Norton .... set production assistant
Brian Palatucci .... assistant location manager
David Phillip .... parking coordinator
Carla M. Schorr .... post-production accountant (as Carla Schorr Rose)
Payal Sethi .... assistant: Mira Nair
Lisa Shriver .... choreographer
Christopher Stackhouse .... office production assistant
Antoine Tinguely .... title designer
Jakob Trollbeck .... title designer
Mark Van Holstein .... location manager (as Mark von Holstein)
Michael L. Walker .... set production assistant
Derek Wimble .... set production assistant
Derek Yip .... first assistant accountant
Ethan Hawke .... thanks

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99 min
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Did You Know?

During filming at the Bar exterior, a freight train rumbled right through the set, shutting down filming for several minutes and igniting a reflective light screen, which had been blown onto a light by the wind from the passing train.See more »
Anachronisms: The movie is set in 1987, but there are many late-90's model vehicles.See more »
Debby Miller:Beth!Why'd you have to congratulate her?
Beth:I don't know.She's a human being, isn't she?
Debby Miller:She's wearing pink shoes.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #22.196" (2006)See more »
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20 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A little GEM out of a paper bag, 7 February 2004
Author: go_aheadmakemyday from Canada

This movie is every good thing that was written on this board and maybe more.

First, when I saw that movie in the guide i had never heard of it before but being a fan of Lewis and Thurman I couldn't let this pass even if apriori the plot SEEMED a little less than original.

Boy was I in for a surprise. Not all great first scene gives you a good film but all good film will give you a great intro scene, but this one gets its greatness in it's "nothingness". There is so "nothing" about it that as soon as you see Juliette and Uma come on the screen, your jawbone drops.

Not only are they unrecognizable but from the moment you see them you KNOW and FEEL exactly where you are, who you are dealing with and that's exactly every director's dream...or nightmare...can I put my audience in the context of the next x minutes.

This could have been an ordinary movie with an ordinary story..who wants to hear about screwed up bimbos stuck in no name city, no name job and a no name life, But somehow without ever falling into melodrama, pity or cliché, you just fall in love with every caracter.

This is a very well directed movie as it is far from obvious and easy to move a story like this into such an enjoyable moment.

As far as acting goes, well as someone else said, It's off the chart. I love Lewis (Natural born killers at her too) and frankly I've seen alot of Uma but she literally blew me away in this. Both are so good that like I said from the first scene they appear, all you see are the caracters not the actresses.

You can see what a truly beautiful women is when even with an "altered down" image of herself (to say the least) you just can't get your eyes off her (yeah I'm a man)

I think the scene in the bar when she really goes loose is stunning and again it comes from a subtle chemistry between good directing and good acting, As a man I felt like the barman which the camera just give you a quick glimpse just to give you the hint. You look at her and you feel love and compassion even admiration for that woman while if it had been badly acted and/or directed she could have looked stupid and slutty so again masterfully crafted. In other scenes you feel her misery and you want it to end as bad and fast as her.

I can't just say I enjoyed that movie, it feels more like you've met real people that were graceful enough to share their life for a monent, wide open. So real that iI felt as an everyday guy like me could ask Uma out for a drink...that's something :-)

My hat to HBO for this one

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