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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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2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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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bayou | independent film | See All (2) »

Genres:

Drama

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R | See all certifications »
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Was #4 on Roger Ebert's list of the Best Films of 1988. See more »

Quotes

Ruth: You silly people, you, you all warm like dishwater, that don't do nobody no good.
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Soundtracks

The Way We Were
Written by Marvin Hamlisch, Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Performed by Janey Clewer
Produced by Music for You Productions/Gary Tole Orchestra
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Atmosphere you can cut with a knife
11 September 2005 | by GregCnAZ-1See all my reviews

I agree with the previous poster that Shy People has definitely fallen through the cracks. It is haunting, and sometimes even a bit hard to watch. However the performances by Jill Clayburgh, Barbara Hershey and the supporting cast are awesome. Ever been to the bayou? I spent two years in Lousiana and explored the landscape every chance I got. I have to say that this film probably captures that life better than any I've ever seen. The clash between that isolated world, seemingly cut off from the rest of society, and that of Jill Clayburgh's classy New York existence is fascinating. On the surface, these two families have absolutely nothing in common, and yet, they somehow have a profound affect on one another. Since this film isn't on DVD, it can be hard to find. However if you do, don't miss it. It's one that tends to stay with you for a while afterward which seems to rarely happen these days.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Louisiana, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$769,119
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cannon Group See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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