A waitress lives with her two teen daughters in a trailer park in New Mexico. They all want a boyfriend.

Director:

Allison Anders

Writers:

Allison Anders (screenplay by), Richard Peck (based on the novel "Don't Look and It Won't Hurt" by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brooke Adams ... Nora
Ione Skye ... Trudi
Fairuza Balk ... Shade
James Brolin ... John Evans
Robert Knepper ... Dank
David Lansbury ... Hamlet (as David Landsbury)
Jacob Vargas ... Javier
Donovan Leitch Jr. ... Darius (as Donovan Leitch)
Chris Mulkey ... Raymond
Laurie O'Brien ... Thelma
Julie Condra ... Tanya
Adam Biesk Adam Biesk ... Brett
Leigh Hamilton ... Kim
Diane Behrens ... Hostess
J. Mascis ... Cecil (as J Mascis)
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Storyline

In the boring desert of New Mexico, a single mother raises her two teenage daughters, Shade and Trudi, whose deepest desire is to leave the dead calm town. Shade is the type to escape in her extravagant fantasies while Trudi is so rebelious it could drive her away. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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When Shade's good, she's very good. But when Trudi's bad, she's better.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Trivia

In a March 2001 interview with "Shout" magazine, Fairuza Balk stated that out of all her films, this was her favorite. She indicated that "this film is very close to my heart. As a girl, I was very much like my character Shade. I was shy. I was a loner." See more »

Goofs

When Shade buys fabric softener at the store next to the laundromat the store's sign is backwards. It would read "closed" if you were to try to come through the front door ("open" faces inward). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Shade: [voice-over] If it weren't for Elvia Rivero, this story wouldn't even be worth telling. Whenever Elvia came to this little town, well, it's like she woke the place up. My home town, Laramie New Mexico, it came alive. Elvia Rivero was the one who made me laugh when I needed to laugh. She made me cry when no one was looking. But most of all, Elvia was able to put into to words what I was thinking.It was Elvia who first gave me the idea. It was decided then and there, I knew what was ...
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Referenced in Swimming with Sharks (1994) See more »

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Fall in Love With Me
Written by David Sylvian
Performed by Japan
Courtesy of Victor Musical Industries
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fantastic independent film
11 September 2005 | by rjfilmsSee all my reviews

This film was the reason I became a film maker. Period. It is very inspiring to watch, with superb acting, quiet character building and developing. The film grabs you and pulls you into a small New Mexico town setting. You become completely engrossed with the story and the characters. It takes time to develop personalities within the female leads and the viewer becomes quite vested in their futures. I found Fairuza Balk's acting performance particularly compelling. One of my favorite acted roles in cinema (quality wise). This film is in my top ten favorites of all time, and also my twin has similar affinity for this superb film. Kudos to a film outside of the ordinary with a true independent vision.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

10 July 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gas Food Lodging See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,342,613

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,342,613
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cineville See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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