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Heavy (1995)

R | | Drama, Romance | 5 June 1996 (USA)
The life of an overweight, unhappy cook is changed after a kind, beautiful college drop-out comes to work as a waitress at his and his mother's road-side restaurant.


James Mangold


James Mangold

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Complete credited cast:
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Victor Modino
Shelley Winters ... Dolly Modino
Liv Tyler ... Callie
Debbie Harry ... Delores (as Deborah Harry)
Joe Grifasi ... Leo
Evan Dando ... Jeff
David Patrick Kelly ... Grey Man in Hospital
Marian Quinn ... Darlene
Meg Hartig Meg Hartig ... Donna
Zandy Hartig ... Jean
Peter Ortel Peter Ortel ... Tony
George Alvarez ... Orderly
Cordis Heard ... Nurse
J.C. MacKenzie ... Gas Man (as J.C. Mackenzie)
Allan D'Arcangelo Allan D'Arcangelo ... Sonny


Victor is a cook who works in a greasy bar/restaurant owned by his mother, Dolly. It's just the two of them, a waitress named Delores, and a heavy drinking regular, Leo. But things change when Callie, a beautiful college drop-out, shows up as a new waitress and steals Victor's heart. But Victor is too shy to do anything about it, and too self-consciously overweight to dream of winning Callie away from her demanding boyfriend, Jeff. Victor's terrible loneliness overwhelms him when he has to face losing what he loves the most. Written by Martin Lewison <lewison+@pitt.edu>

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 June 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Upstate Story See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$314,000, 12 July 1996

Gross USA:

$986,128, 28 November 1996
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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Directorial debut of James Mangold. See more »


Victor is walking across a bridge toward the camera with a bag of groceries in one arm and just before he stops to look over the side, a fuzzy mike cover can be seen briefly in the bottom left corner of the shot. See more »


Victor: Can't you be nicer to her?
Delores: Nice? Did you hear what she said to me?
Victor: You don't have to be nice... just nicer.
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California Thing
Written by Freedy Johnston
Performed by Freedy Johnston
Courtesy of Bar None Records
by arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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A movie that understands the importance of subtle moments.
15 December 2003 | by Raptor MarmaladeSee all my reviews

"Heavy" is not the type of movie I would watch when looking for action, thrills, horror, or adventure. It's not about a fat guy making goo-goo eyes at a pretty waitress where he makes pizzas, either... although that could be seen from an outsider's glance.

The movie captures a period of time where our big hero, Victor, is experiencing a number of life-altering changes. From what we know, he has always led a sheltered life under the regime of his mother. When a new waitress, Callie (Liv Tyler), starts work at the bar, Victor's daily life is suddenly altered from a spark of curiosity. He's not a perverted horndog, but he is fascinated by this girl's kindness and beauty, watching her from afar and having visions of her as the drama grows. It's the quiet internal struggle Victor faces that really heightens the intensity of the movie. Those nervous eyes, the quiet voice, the big guy who won't fight back... he is a man trying to become a man. By the end of the film, we are at least given the hope that he is now on the right track.

It's the subtle moments in "Heavy" that really make the film. From the airplanes soaring overhead, giving transition to new points in the lives of the characters, to the Boston Terrier noticing important details, this movie is one to sit back and ponder. The more I think about this movie, the more I like it. It's a lesson on how the quiet subtle moments in life can be the most important.

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