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Gas, Food Lodging (1992)

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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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Allison Anders

Writers:

Richard Peck (novel), Allison Anders (screenplay)
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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 Humphrey (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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

10 July 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bencin, hrana in prenocisce See more »

Filming Locations:

Deming, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,345,236
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cineville See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Elvia Rivera (the Mexican movie goddess) was named after director Allison Anders' landlord. 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: If it weren't for Elvia Rivero, this story wouldn't even be worth telling. Whenever Elvia came to this litte 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 missing from ...
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Connections

Referenced in Shooting Frost with Dean Lent (2016) See more »

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I'll Be Over You
Written by Mark Fosson and Karen Tobin and Jeff Rea
Performed by Mark Fosson and Karen Tobin
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Peculiar, unsettling, but also courageous and amazing mood-piece...
31 January 2008 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Keen adaptation of Richard Peck's novel "Don't Look and It Won't Hurt", starring Brooke Adams in a terrific performance as the single mother of two headstrong young daughters who hopes for a better existence outside their backwater town in New Mexico, but not knowing just how to go about finding it. Arty, intriguing showcase for some very fine actresses (Adams, Ione Skye and the inscrutable Fairuza Balk), as well as James Brolin in a small but telling role as the girls' dreamy-quiet, estranged father. Director Allison Anders, who also adapted the screenplay, does hit an awkward snag or two in exploring these characters' emotions, but her feel for Nowhere U.S.A. is rich with complexity. Moody and unusual, it's a film worth seeing. *** from ****


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