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Dottie Gets Spanked (1993)

An artistic six-year-old boy in 1960s America is obsessed with The Dotty Show. His father is concerned about the show's queering influence, especially the boy's fascination with a spanking scene.

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Todd Haynes

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Todd Haynes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
J. Evan Bonifant ... Steven Gale (as Evan Bonifant)
Barbara Garrick ... Lorraine Gale
Julie Halston ... Dottie Frank
Robert Pall Robert Pall ... Steven's Father
Harriet Sansom Harris ... Sharon's Mother (as Harriet Harris)
Irving Metzman Irving Metzman ... TV Show Guide
Ashley Chapman Ashley Chapman ... Sharon
Rhea Silver-Smith Rhea Silver-Smith ... Darcy
Gina Gallagher Gina Gallagher ... Kim
Adam Arkin ... Dick Gordon
Richard DeDomenico ... Dream Messenger
John Brian Rogers John Brian Rogers ... TV Director
Lenny Singer Lenny Singer ... Photographer / Assistant
Leo Ferstenberg Leo Ferstenberg ... Cameraman
Lindsay Rodio Lindsay Rodio ... Jennifer
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Another dazzling suburban phantasm from writer-director Todd Haynes, Dottie Gets Spanked (made post-Poison and pre-Safe) is a stylized, bittersweet nod to his childhood fascination with I Love Lucy. Deep in the heart of pre-hippie 1960s America, young artistically-inclined Steven Gale is obsessed with Dottie Frank, wacky star of the eponymous hit sitcom The Dottie Show. While his mother gently encourages the boy's fixation, his father grows increasingly frustrated by his son's apparently "sissified" interests. This provocative, heartfelt mini-feature anticipates Haynes' Oscar-nominated Far From Heaven with its excavation of placid mid-century surfaces and deeply-buried emotions. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1993 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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A film to enjoy again and again
10 May 2005 | by storage101See all my reviews

This is a wonderful movie which takes the viewer back to the shame of those first childhood sexual fantasies that cannot be shared with anyone.

Steven Gale,like many young boys, is fascinated by the complex world of the women around him. He watches them,listens to them, and draws them endlessly. The film has him fixated on a Lucille-Ball-like TV star, but the undertones are deeply psychological as they track this young boy's attempt to understand why some things are branded "normal" and some things are quite definitely NOT.

The writing and casting are superb. Watch this film several times to appreciate the meticulous sets and costuming!


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