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Shy People (1987)

R | | Drama | 11 March 1988 (USA)
New York journalist visits her distant cousin for the first time to write an article about her hard life in the bayous of Louisiana. Journalist's wild drug addicted daughter just adds to tensions between two families' cultures.

Director:

Andrey Konchalovskiy (as Andrei Konchalovsky)

Writers:

Andrey Konchalovskiy (story) (as Andrei Konchalovsky), Gérard Brach (screenplay) (as Gerard Brach) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jill Clayburgh ... Diana
Barbara Hershey ... Ruth
Martha Plimpton ... Grace
Merritt Butrick ... Mike
John Philbin ... Tommy
Don Swayze ... Mark
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Paul
Mare Winningham ... Candy
Michael Audley Michael Audley ... Louie
Brad Leland ... Larry
Tony Epper Tony Epper ... Jake
Paul Landry Paul Landry ... Henry
Warren Battiste Warren Battiste ... Dick
Edward Bunker ... Chuck
Vladimir Bibic Vladimir Bibic ... Welder
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Storyline

New York pretentious Diana Sullivan is writing a series of articles on the theme of "family" for Cosmopolitan magazine. Primarily to keep an eye on her but also because of the personal connection, Diana invites her mid-teen daughter, Grace Sullivan, to accompany her on a trip to research the next in the series, dealing with their own family, most specifically a wing that lives deep in the backwaters of the Louisiana bayou, which has been largely overtaken by oil companies of late. They are most directly connected by brothers: Diana's grandfather Mike, and Joe, the patriarch of the Louisiana wing. Diana and Grace have never met their Louisiana relations, they in turn who do not even know that Diana and Grace exist. As difficult as it becomes, Diana and Grace are able to meet their Louisiana relations, led by Joe's widowed young wife, Ruth Sullivan, who acts as if Joe is still with them, who sees anything related to the city as suspect, and who rules her household with an iron fist to ... Written by Huggo

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Plot Keywords:

bayou | independent film | See All (2) »

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gente como nosotros See more »

Filming Locations:

Louisiana, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$769,119
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Production Co:

Cannon Group See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Shy People
Written and Arranged by Tangerine Dream
Lyrics by Ron Boustead
Vocal Performance Arranged by Michael Bishop
Produced and Mixed by Michael Bishop and Barry Rudolph
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A haunting tale of shallow city life vs. that of relative isolation
1 April 1999 | by UrshnabiSee all my reviews

This film seems at first pretentious and then very thoughtful.

It begins as a shallow magazine photographer and her daughter travel deep into the Bayou to research their family history. As they meet and establish relationships with their cousins, the story evolves into a truly haunting display of modern life vs. isolation, and the ways in which people relate to each other. Barbara Hershey is especially excellent as a tough but deeply loving widow.


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