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Stars and Bars (1988)

R | | Comedy | 18 March 1988 (USA)
A British art expert travels across America in order to purchase a rare Renoir painting in the South but comes across some crazy characters in the process.

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Pat O'Connor

Writers:

William Boyd (novel), William Boyd (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Day-Lewis ... Henderson Dores (as Daniel Day Lewis)
Harry Dean Stanton ... Loomis Gage
Kent Broadhurst ... Ben Sereno
Maury Chaykin ... Freeborn Gage
Matthew Cowles ... Beckman Gage
Joan Cusack ... Irene Stein
Keith David ... Eugene Teagarden
Spalding Gray ... Reverend T.J. Cardew
Glenne Headly ... Cora Gage
Laurie Metcalf ... Melissa
Bill Moor Bill Moor ... Edgar Beeby
Deirdre O'Connell ... Shanda Gage
Will Patton ... Duane Gage
Martha Plimpton ... Bryant
Rockets Redglare Rockets Redglare ... Peter Gint
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Storyline

Young Englishman Henderson Dores (Daniel Day-Lewis), yearning to give up his genteel British ways and be a bold and brash American, gets his chance when his New York firm sends him south to acquire a Renoir painting from Loomis Gage (Harry Dean Stanton), the eccentric head of an unusual family.

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Englishman in New York See more »

Filming Locations:

Clarkesville, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$111,987
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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A rejected score was composed by Elmer Bernstein See more »

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Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006) See more »

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An Englishman in New York
Written and Performed by Sting
Courtesy of A&M Records
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New York in the late 80s.
9 February 2008 | by soyarraSee all my reviews

I remember standing in a long line to see this in Manhattan, and thinking that the New York parts were a perfect representation of the city at that moment in time. It's a weird vehicle for Daniel Day-Lewis, apart from his ability to play a perfect British upper class twit - I don't think he's done a comedy since (and certainly not before). The use of Joan Cusack as leading lady and love object is bizarre, too - up until this point she'd been relegated to kooky sidekick/friend of the heroine roles (Broadcast News springs immediately to mind), something she went back to almost immediately after this film. It's strange all around, but also a funny time capsule of sorts. I too wish it was out on DVD.


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