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S.F.W. (1994)

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An alienated and misanthropic teenager gains sudden and unwanted celebrity status after he's taken hostage by terrorists where his indifference to their threats to kill him makes news headlines.

Director:

Jefery Levy

Writers:

Andrew Wellman (novel), Danny Rubin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Dorff ... Cliff Spab
Reese Witherspoon ... Wendy Pfister
Jake Busey ... Morrow Streeter
Joey Lauren Adams ... Monica Dice
Pamela Gidley ... Janet Streeter
David Barry Gray ... Scott Spab
Jack Noseworthy ... Joe Dice
Richard Portnow ... Gerald Parsley
Edward Wiley Edward Wiley ... Mr. Spab
Lela Ivey Lela Ivey ... Mrs. Spab
Natasha Gregson Wagner ... Kristen
Annie McEnroe ... Dolly
Virgil Frye ... Earl
Francesca P. Roberts ... Kim Martin
Soon-Tek Oh ... Milt Morris (as Soon Teck Oh)
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Storyline

Cliff Spab is a guy who doesn't really care about anything. He gets held hostage at a store for 36 days by terrorists, who demand that the entire thing be broadcast on national television. Cliff ends up taking a bullet for fellow hostage Wendy - making him a national hero. The two are the sole survivors of the ordeal, and soon become prisoners of the media. Cliff escapes it all, only to find himself being pushed further away from Wendy when he needs her most. Written by WildwoodFlower08

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Fate made them hostages. The media made them stars.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong language, scenes of brutal violence, constant drug and alcohol use and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

So Fucking What? See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$63,649
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The painting that Cliff (Stephen Dorff) looks at in Morrow's house is Caravaggio's Medusa. Also, a copy of "The Egg and I" can be seen on Morrow's (Jake Busey's) shelf. See more »

Goofs

In the opening before the gun fight cliff,Wendy and Joe are dirty and disheveled, however during the gun fight flashback they are well groomed and clean. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Cliff Spab: Wendy?
Wendy Pfister: Spab?
Cliff Spab: Wendy.
Wendy Pfister: Spab.
Cliff Spab: Wendy.
Wendy Pfister: Spab.
Cliff Spab: So are we gettin' married or what?
Wendy Pfister: Hey, guy. You fucking know it.
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Crazy Credits

The GWAR video seen in the movie follows the credits in its entirety. See more »

Connections

References Growing Pains (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Mary, Mary
Performed by Mantissa
Written by Adam Arnold Pringle, Susan Katrina Grant, Christopher Ronald Paine, Sydney Green
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Markets
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23 March 2000 | by Wes-26See all my reviews

I'm not trying to say that this movie is the greatest movie ever made, but I feel that it is too bad that more people do not know about S.F.W. It's a bit hard to believe the plot, but since when have movie plots played within the guidelines of normal society. Stephen Dorff gives an amazing performance as Cliff Spab. This was the first movie I ever saw him in, and seeing S.F.W. really made me think he is destined for big things. I liked how the story shifted from past to present constantly. This way, you had to wait until the end of the movie to find out what happened at the beginning. Makes it all the more intriguing. I love this movie, and most people would too if they gave it half a chance.


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