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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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Also Known As:
99 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Anachronisms: The movie is set in 1987, but there are many late-90's model vehicles.See more »
Beth:Play anything by Zeppelin, you can't go wrong.See more »
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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Jersey Girls, 11 April 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

Mira Nair, the talented director of this film keeps surprising us. She gets excellent acting from the different casts in all her movies. "Hysterical Blindness" is no exception. Ms. Nair working on the screen play by Laura Cahill, and based on Ms. Cahill's own stage play, takes us to a town in New Jersey, so close to Manhattan in geography, but far away in the way these people seem to be living in another planet.

Debby Miller blames her mother for whatever is wrong with her life. Her father left her when she was quite young. Her mother, Virginia, makes ends meet by working as a waitress in a local diner. Both daughter and mother have been cheated out of happiness because of the loss they have experienced. While Debby dwells on her unhappiness, Virginia seems to have adjusted quite well.

Debby is a woman that is desperate to find a man. Obviously, she is quite capable to give her best into any relationship. It's sad how she goes after the one man she should have avoided in the worst way. It will be too late before she realizes the mistake she has made.

Throughout the film, Debby and Beth, share their hopes and aspirations. While Beth is grounded, Debby is flighty, hoping for things she can't have. On the other hand, Virginia meets a nice man, Nick, at the diner. They begin a friendship that unfortunately is cut short by tragedy. All in all, the film final scenes tells us that Debby realizing her mistakes goes back to her roots and to her friendship with Beth.

The strength in the movie is the great performances Ms. Nair gets out of the four principals. Uma Thurman is good as the Debby. Gena Rowlands, as the mother, makes an appealing Virginia, who makes us care about her. Juliette Lewis, as Beth, is also endearing. Ben Gazzara makes a short, but effective contribution as Nick, the man who finds love with Virginia.

This is a film that shows Ms. Nair's talents perfectly.

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