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Choose Me (1984)

Several lost-soul night-owls, including a nightclub owner, a talkback radio relationships counseller, and an itinerant stranger have encounters that expose their contradictions and ... See full summary »

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Alan Rudolph

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Alan Rudolph
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Geneviève Bujold ... Nancy
Keith Carradine ... Mickey
Lesley Ann Warren ... Eve
Patrick Bauchau ... Zack Antoine
Rae Dawn Chong ... Pearl Antoine
John Larroquette ... Billy Ace
Edward Ruscha Edward Ruscha ... Ralph Chomsky
Gailard Sartain ... Mueller
Robert Gould ... Lou
John Considine ... Dr. Ernest Greene
Jodi Buss Jodi Buss ... Babs
Sandra Will Sandra Will ... Ida
Mike Kaplan ... Harve (as Mike E. Kaplan)
Russell Parr Russell Parr ... Bradshaw
Teresa Velarde Teresa Velarde ... Studio Secretary
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Several lost-soul night-owls, including a nightclub owner, a talkback radio relationships counseller, and an itinerant stranger have encounters that expose their contradictions and anxieties about love and acceptance. Written by Robert Dennys <robertd@psy.uq.oz.au>

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Very Sexy, Very Stylish and Very Funny [Australia Theatrical] See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alege-ma See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$56,231, 3 September 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,490,233, 1 January 1985

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,602,206
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Production Co:

Tartan Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Picked by Entertainment Weekly magazine as one of the "50 Greatest Independent Films" in a special supplement devoted to independent films that was only distributed to subscribers in November 1997. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Announcer: Stay by your phone, Doctor Nancy Love will be up on KCMY talk radio with The Love Line.
Nancy: I recommend that you examine the deeper feelings you have for your wife, Tom.
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Connections

References Two-Faced Woman (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Choose Me (You're My Choice Tonight)
Written by Luther Vandross and Marcus Miller
Performed by Teddy Pendergrass
Produced by Luther Vandross
Courtesy of Asylum Records [us] and Teddy Bear Productions [ca]
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Sublime Trash
31 January 2002 | by strat-8See all my reviews

With atmosphere to spare. If you've never wandered LA's back-streets at night, this movie will give you a taste.

The theme of this movie is a common one, the search for love.

Highly stylized. Overloaded with delicious details and clever ideas. Characters with quirky (and intriguing) personality traits. What male viewer wouldn't want to be like the main protagonist, Keith Carradine's character? Fighter pilot, spy, expert mechanic. What female viewer wouldn't identify with either of the two lead female roles? Tough yet vulnerable, sexy, desirable, but unable to play the mating game and win.

All the characters are interconnected, but they don't always know it. The writer/director gets full marks for interesting characters and a story that twists and turns in on itself, but now comes the challenge of making it cohesive and comprehensible. That's where the movie doesn't hold up as well.

There is not enough "glue" between scenes. There are too many places where the plot takes a leap and the viewer is expected to fill in the gap. I found myself asking, "where did that come from?". I kept wanting to replay the previous scene because I had missed the transition, but there wasn't one.

I wish Rudolph had a collaborator with the screenplay and the directing. I feel the casting was very good, but the performances are often stilted, like what you might find in a high school production. Awkward pauses and intonations in the dialog. This also makes the story hard to follow and hard to believe. I can't decide if this was intentional or not. Reminds me of Hal Hartley.

This movie is not for everyone. Personally, I love it, warts and all. I've seen it three times and own the DVD. The Teddy Pendergrass songs are wonderful and I would say under-used in the film. Very surprised to see Maltin give this 3.5 stars, even if it is "a critics movie". He must have been in a good mood that day.


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