Nick is a feckless television salesman who gets fired and impulsively decides that he and his girlfriend, Beth, will move to Butte, MT, which he's read is "the city of the future." "I read ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Steinberg

Writers:

Roger Hedden (play), Roger Hedden (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phoebe Cates ... Carol
Bridget Fonda ... Beth
Tim Roth ... Nick
Eric Stoltz ... Sid
Alicia Witt ... Elizabeth
Sandra Ellis Lafferty ... Yard Sale Lady (as Sandra Lafferty)
Sidney Dawson Sidney Dawson ... TV Customer
Jon Proudstar ... Station Attendant
Scott Johnson Scott Johnson ... Chip
Kezbah Weidner Kezbah Weidner ... Dine Woman
Peter Fonda ... Motorcycle Rider
Amaryllis Borrego ... Waitress
Rich Wheeler Rich Wheeler ... Elizabeth's Grandfather
Scott Frederick Scott Frederick ... TV Store Kid
Warren Burton Warren Burton ... Radio Preacher (voice)
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Nick is a feckless television salesman who gets fired and impulsively decides that he and his girlfriend, Beth, will move to Butte, MT, which he's read is "the city of the future." "I read that a while ago, so the future should be there by now," he enthuses. He waits until the last moment to tell Carol, his ex and Beth's best friend, about the move. While Nick is working his last day, Sid comes to the couple's house to paint it for the next tenants. He quickly develops an interest in Beth. He, Beth, and Carol get stoned and hang out. When Sid hears about the move, he tells Beth that he's never left Enfield, and has no interest in traveling. Meanwhile, Nick decides to take off on his own. When Beth gets word of this from Carol, she finds solace in Sid's arms. Sid proclaims his love the next morning, and implores Beth to stay. Meanwhile, Nick visits his childhood home, looking for his parents, has an epiphany, and decides to return to Carol. Written by Anonymous

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A romantic comedy about four people caught between loving and leaving. See more »

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Drama

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Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In the scene when Peter Fonda arrives on his motorcycle and asks Tim Roth if the phone works, Bridget Fonda is actually hiding in the back seat of the car Roth is in. If you look very closely, for a second you see a small blue patch behind the seat for a second as Roth is sitting up. The same color of the t-shirt Bridget wore in the Arizona scenes. In the audio commentary on the DVD, director Michael Steinberg explains, "Bridget wanted to be in a shot with her father. Of course you can't see her at all. She's ducked down behind in the back seat, but I guess it was not since Easy Rider that they'd been in a film together." See more »

Quotes

Carol: You get all the stuff that you want to sell, and I'll make some yard sale signs.
Beth: No one's gonna buy my shit. It's all junk.
Carol: That's what people buy at yard sales.
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Hot Burrito #1
Performed by The Flying Burrito Brothers
Written by Chris Ethridge / Gram Parsons
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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One of my favorite movies
30 August 2003 | by joe38_1998See all my reviews

Despite the little attention this movie has gotten, and the varied, sporadic comments and reviews, "Bodies, Rest and Motion" is the most wonderful thing I have seen in years. The four actors (Fonda, Stoltz, Cates, and Roth) could not do better to bring to us a very subtle, touching, and elegant portrayal of loves come and gone and lives living on threads. There's no action here, and very little actually happens, but the dialogue and the attention to details are so strong, you find you don't need anything more; you can simply revel in each actors' beauty and condition. You have to watch this movie more than once, and you have to cry at times, it's that good. I'm scratching my head why this movie did not make greater acclaim. Either I'm going mental, or the world is just missing out.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 1993 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$75,957, 11 April 1993

Gross USA:

$764,724

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$764,724
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Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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