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Singles (1992)

A group of twenty-something friends, most of whom live in the same apartment complex, search for love and success in grunge-era Seattle.

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Cameron Crowe

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Cameron Crowe
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bridget Fonda ... Janet Livermore
Campbell Scott ... Steve Dunne
Kyra Sedgwick ... Linda Powell
Sheila Kelley ... Debbie Hunt
Jim True-Frost ... David Bailey (as Jim True)
Matt Dillon ... Cliff Poncier
Bill Pullman ... Dr. Jeffrey Jamison
James Le Gros ... Andy (as James LeGros)
Devon Raymond Devon Raymond ... Ruth
Camilo Gallardo Camilo Gallardo ... Luiz
Ally Walker ... Pam
Eric Stoltz ... The Mime
Jeremy Piven ... Doug Hughley
Tom Skerritt ... Mayor Weber
Peter Horton ... Jamie
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Romantic comedy about six of Seattle's young people, most of whom live in the same apartment building and whose lives revolve around the city's ever-expanding music scene. The inter-related stories about each character's progress through the singles scene are intriguing and often very funny, and the soundtrack is a grunge fanatic's dream, with the likes of Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Mudhoney. Written by dirk-79

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Love is a game. Easy to start. Hard to finish.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for language, sex related dialogue and scenes of sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vida de Solteiro See more »

Filming Locations:

Washington, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$18,472,850
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Dolby

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In an early scene at the coffee shop, Janet Livermore looks over a somewhat bizarre-looking customer's shoulder at a book that she is reading. Although the title is obscured, the book is "Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung," a collection of pieces by the rock journalist Lester Bangs. Bangs was an inspiration and mentor for Cameron Crowe, as depicted in Almost Famous (2000), in which Bangs is played by Philip Seymour Hoffman and advises the fictionalized version of the young Crowe. See more »

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When Debbie and Pamela are fighting over Debbie's video date and he is listening to them through a nearby window, it is clear in the next shot that there are no windows nearby, just a door. See more »

Quotes

Pam: I will make popcorn with whom ever I want to!
Debbie Hunt: You've made popcorn with half of the city!
Pam: Well at least I don't have to CHASE the popcorn!
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Crazy Credits

David (Jim True) walks down a street. His voiceover says that Steve's search for the perfect girl is a trap, and that he lives his own life like a French movie where everyone is cool and no attachments are made. He enters a beatnik club where a woman (Lara Harris) recites a poem in French. She sits down with him for a brief conversation in French and they leave together. See more »

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Bastards of Young
Written by Paul Westerberg
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A Nutshell Review: Singles (1992)
15 October 2005 | by DICK STEELSee all my reviews

Love. Sex. Friendship. Companionship. These are the themes obviously explored in Cameron Crowe's early movie Singles, which revolve around the love lives of singles (naturally) living in a common apartment. We follow each of the protagonist Steve (Campbell Scott), Janet (Bridget Fonda), Cliff (Matt Dillon) and Linda (Kyra Sedgwick) through their ups and downs in dealing with the weird little emotion called Love.

Well, not quite. As we know early in the film, each have problems and their own peculiar viewpoints on the dating scene. We see Linda meeting and breaking up with a Spanish student she was so into, after seeing through his lies and sweet talk. It hurts, and she doesn't want to be hurt again. Steve too have had a bad experience, and (I can identify with this) swears off relationships for the next few years, deciding instead to focus on career. As Fate would have had it, these two will meet at the unlikeliest places and get into a relationship.

Cliff, an aspiring rocker, seemed to have taken his girlfriend Janet, for granted. And I think this is something that most people can identify with. When efforts go unappreciated, or when things go mundane, the question is, do you want to bail out? And when you do, what next? Would you give the ex another chance? If you do, how would you approach it? It's fun watching a movie that was made 13 years ago, and you wonder about how the initiating and sustaining of a relationship back then happened without technology which we are so used to these days. Back then, a mobile phone was a cordless one, and there is no such thing as an instant message, but an answering machine. Where Speed Dating was unheard of, but Video Dating was the rage (check out the funny Tim Burton cameo).

You wonder too about the career of the leads. Campbell Scott was noticed by many after his pairing with Julia Roberts in the movie Dying Young, but after this, seemed to have vanished into obscurity. And so has Kyra Sedgwick. Only Matt Dillon and Bridget Fonda are still around, somewhere.

Oh, the music. Peppered throughout the movie is the wonderful musical tracks that always seem to punctuate a particular moment succinctly. I like Tarantino and Crowe movies because music plays an integral part of the entire experience, and Singles too had excellent ballads blended with grunge rock, say, Pearl Jam (before they made it huge), which also made an appearance.

It's a beautiful, quirky little movie with excellent identifiable dialogue, music, humour, and a younger cast of stars whom we know today, thrown into situations that everyone in love would have experienced.


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