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Home Movies (1979)

PG | | Comedy | 10 April 1980 (Italy)
Keith Gordon is a creative young man who films the oddball doings of his family and peers. "The Maestro" appears frequently to give him pointers on his techniques. It's almost a film about ... See full summary »

Director:

Brian De Palma

Writers:

Kim Ambler, Brian De Palma (story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nancy Allen ... Kristina
Mary Davenport Mary Davenport ... Mrs. Byrd
Kirk Douglas ... Dr. Tuttle 'The Maestro'
Vincent Gardenia ... Doctor Byrd
Keith Gordon ... Denis Byrd
Gerrit Graham ... James Byrd
Loretta Tupper Loretta Tupper ... Grandma
Captain Haggerty ... Policeman
Theresa Saldana ... Judy
Kari Borg Kari Borg ... Swedish Nurse
Constance Ilowitz Constance Ilowitz ... Lawyer's Secretary
Kim Herbert Kim Herbert ... Biker
Ross Barnes Ross Barnes ... Mark
Stephen Le May Stephen Le May ... Matthew
Charlie Loventhal Charlie Loventhal ... Thomas (as Charles Loventhal)
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Storyline

Keith Gordon is a creative young man who films the oddball doings of his family and peers. "The Maestro" appears frequently to give him pointers on his techniques. It's almost a film about a young man making the film. Written by David Spalding <http://korova.com/film>

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filmmaking | independent film | See All (2) »

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Brian de Palma's comedy that catches every body in the act!

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Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1980 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Maestro See more »

Filming Locations:

Bronxville, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$89,134, 31 December 1980
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Production Co:

SLC See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Kirk Douglas was brought on after much debate, mostly concerning costs, but Douglas ended up becoming an investor in the film as well. See more »

Quotes

James Byrd: Ordinarily I'd masticate these vegetables, but I had a little accident with my jaw.
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

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A film casserole
8 July 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

After two highly successful commercial ventures in Carrie and The Fury, Brian DePalma apparently decided he needed a little fun and frolic. So Home Movies was made using the talents of a lot of people who appeared in DePalma projects.

Home movies is like a film casserole where a lot of his film students got to step to the plate and take their best shot. Roughly speaking the film centers around Keith Gordon the younger brother of Gerrit Graham. They are the sons of Vincent Gardenia a philandering doctor and Mary Davenport his clueless wife.

Graham is set to marry former hooker Nancy Allen. He's rather full of himself and also a latently gay individual. But he's the eldest and chosen one and Gordon is the nerdy younger brother who spends his time filming some of the private moments of the family, a little cinema verite for his film professor Kirk Douglas.

Watching Home Movies I got the impression I was not being let in on an inside joke. And I rather resented the situation.

It all seemed like a colossal waste of time for all involved. The name players must have owed DePalma big time to appear here.


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