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What Happened Was... (1994)

This darkly humorous film explores the personal psychic landscape of two lonely New Yorkers. Jackie and Michael are coworkers at a large law firm, who decide to meet at Jackie's for dinner ... See full summary »

Director:

Tom Noonan

Writers:

Tom Noonan (play), Tom Noonan (screenplay)
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3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Karen Sillas ... Jackie Marsh
Tom Noonan ... Michael
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This darkly humorous film explores the personal psychic landscape of two lonely New Yorkers. Jackie and Michael are coworkers at a large law firm, who decide to meet at Jackie's for dinner one night. As this 'first date' plays out, the audience is guided through a mental minefield of disappointment, desolation, and desperation. Their conversation, with its awkward 'small talk', slowly reveals their unhappy lives.... Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Tom Noonan and Karen Sillas had both previously guest-starred on episodes of the "Monsters" anthology series. See more »


Soundtracks

Voices Carry
Written by Michael Hausman, Joseph Pesce and Aimee Mann
Performed by 'Til Tuesday
Published by Intersong, USA
(Warner-Chappell Music)
Courtesy Epic Records
by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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An odd film...
14 June 2006 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

Tom Noonan and Karen Sillas portray a disaffected NYC couple- co-workers who are now on a dinner date.

Tom Noonan is somewhat menacing and unpredictable. Interesting presence. (You may recall him from "Manhunter"). Basically, the film develops as the two discuss their jobs(which they hate) but they have other projects in the works, Sillas published a children's book.

Tom Noonan portrays an Ivy League graduate, working as a paralegal who is both amused and disgusted by the attorneys at the firm. He is defensive about why he works at said firm, and Sillas finds him interesting, saying he must have some grand plan to get revenge on the attorneys at the firm.

The only somewhat nebulous plot point is where Sillas reads the "children's book" she has written, which turns out to be quite violent. I will not spoil it for those who have not yet seen this movie, but suffice it to say, it is very strange.

All in all an entertaining film, about alienation and dating in NYC, which has a creative distinction- it is one film in the past ten years that does NOT try to imitate Woody Allen!. 8/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Romance entre Amigos See more »

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Budget:

$120,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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Color
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