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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.


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Victor Modino
Dolly Modino
Delores (as Deborah Harry)
Grey Man in Hospital
Meg Hartig ...
Peter Ortel ...
Gas Man (as J.C. Mackenzie)
Allan D'Arcangelo ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Trucker (uncredited)
Dennis Prager ...
Radio Talk Show Host (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

James Mangold

Written by

James Mangold ... (written by)

Produced by

Herbert Beigel ... executive producer
Scott Ferguson ... associate producer
Gretchen McGowan ... line producer
Richard Miller ... producer
Jane Wright ... associate producer

Music by

Thurston Moore

Cinematography by

Michael F. Barrow ... director of photography (as Michael Barrow)

Film Editing by

Meg Reticker

Editorial Department

David Frankel ... assistant editor
Noëlle Penraat ... negative matcher (as Noelle Penraat)
Dave Pultz ... color timer (as David Pultz)
Jim Villone ... associate editor
Vera Wagman ... post-production coordinator

Casting By

Todd Thaler

Production Design by

Michael Shaw

Art Direction by

Daniel Goldfield

Set Decoration by

Kara Cressman

Costume Design by

Sara Jane Slotnick

Makeup Department

Elaine Kuhn ... assistant hair stylist
Tracy Warbin ... hair stylist / makeup artist

Production Management

Trish Hofmann ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Scott Ambrozy ... second assistant director
Chad Braden ... third assistant director
Scott Ferguson ... second unit director
Priscilla Guastavino ... first assistant director
Ashley Johnson ... second second assistant director

Art Department

Rachel Janocko ... property assistant
F. Ron Miller ... graphic designer
Peter Ortel ... set dresser / storyboard artist
David Schanker ... property master
Charles Winters ... carpenter

Sound Department

David Alvarez ... additional production sound mixer
John Bowen ... sound effects editor
Laurel Bridges ... boom operator (as Laurel Ann Bridges)
Nancy Cabrera ... foley artist
Rick Dior ... re-recording mixer
Eugenia Fiumi ... boom operator
David Frankel ... assistant sound editor
Fredrick Helm ... boom operator
Sarah E. Hill ... assistant sound editor
Bradford L. Hohle ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Bruce Kitzmeyer ... sound editor
Lenny Manzo ... boom operator
Jan McLaughlin ... production sound mixer
Tim O'Shea ... sound editor
Mary Ellen Porto ... supervising sound editor
V. Renee Taylor ... first assistant sound editor
Paul J. Zydel ... adr mixer (as Paul Zydel) / foley mixer (as Paul Zydel)
Rick Dior ... additional production sound mixer (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Will Arnot ... additional electrician (as William Shackleton Arnot)
Evans Brown ... best boy electric
Meredith Collins ... second assistant camera
Jeffrey A. Eplett ... gaffer (as Jeff Eplett)
Ray Flynn ... best boy electric (as Raymond Flynn)
Raphaelle Gosse-Gardet ... third electrician
Justin Keith ... best boy grip (as Justin 'Dusty' Keith)
Dennis A. Livesey ... first assistant camera
John Mantel ... still photographer
Gene Page ... additional still photographer
Rocco Palmieri ... additional electrician
Andrew Sweeney ... third grip
Justin Vanson ... key grip
Elizabeth Wick ... second assistant camera

Casting Department

R.J. Kelly III ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Jessica Fish ... wardrobe assistant

Location Management

Julie St. Thomas ... location assistant
Diana Strauss ... location manager

Music Department

John Bowen ... additional music editor
Patricia Joseph ... soundtrack producer
Thurston Moore ... musician: all instruments
Ray Palagy ... music editor
Jennifer Pyken ... music supervisor
Mary Ramos ... music supervisor
Lee Ranaldo ... score mixer / score recordist
Meg Reticker ... music editor
Michelle Silverman ... music supervisor (as Michelle Kuznetsky)
Jim Villone ... music editor

Script and Continuity Department

Penny Elliott ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

Joe Orlowski ... transportation captain
Matthew Salvato ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

Bebe Buell ... creative consultant
John Doby ... production assistant
Michael Dosoro ... production assistant
Jill Footlick ... production coordinator
Jason W. Fuchs ... additional production assistant
Jennifer Gardella ... intern
Pamela Haber ... additional production assistant
Don Jacobs ... tutor: Ms. Tyler, Educational Resource Services
Patricia Kennedy ... intern (as Patty Kennedy)
Rosalind Lichter ... production consultant
Melissa Lintinger ... post-production accountant
F. Ron Miller ... title designer
Mick Reed ... production assistant
Steve Schottenfeld ... production assistant (as Stephen Schottenfeld)
Lisa Snodgrass ... tutor: Ms. Tyler, Educational Resource Services
Natascha Tillmanns ... assistant production coordinator
Mary Werboneth ... production assistant
Jane Wright ... chief production accountant
Mary Wynn ... assistant: Ms. Winters
Shelley Zacharia ... tutor


Mel Carney ... special thanks
Milos Forman ... very special thanks
John Goodenow ... special thanks: Horton Memorial Hospital
Michael Hausman ... very special thanks
John Hendrickson ... very special thanks
Sara Hendrickson ... very special thanks
Sol LeWitt ... very special thanks (as Sol Lewitt)
Keith MacKechnie ... special thanks (as Keith Mackecknie)
Martin Mackechnie ... special thanks
Peg Mackecknie ... special thanks
Ross Mackecknie ... special thanks
Alexander Mackendrick ... very special thanks
Leslie Mangold ... very special thanks
Robert Mangold ... very special thanks
Sylvia Plimock Mangold ... very special thanks
Craig McKay ... very special thanks
Joe Mecca ... very special thanks (as Joseph Mecca)
Eddie Mellon ... special thanks
Anthony Miller ... very special thanks (as Dr. Anthony Miller)
Mrs. Sheena Miller ... very special thanks
David Parsons ... very special thanks
Robert Ryman ... very special thanks
Arthur Shapiro ... very special thanks
Stefan Sharff ... very special thanks

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Upstate Story (United States)
  • Liebeshunger (Germany)
  • En otro mundo (Argentina)
  • Тяжелый (Russia)
  • Upstate Stories (Australia)
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  • 105 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $314,000, 12 Jul 1996

Did You Know?

Trivia According to James Mangold, Pruitt Taylor Vince and Shelley Winters clashed early on during the production. Mangold said that as Vince was preparing for what was his first leading role in a film, he had felt upstaged by Winters. Mangold said that given her reputation as a Hollywood star, she had been very loud and theatrical, making Vince feel overshadowed. With tensions running high, Mangold went to Winters and told her that she had to make things right with him. Winters begrudgingly agreed and on the next day when they were preparing to shoot, Winters had Vince meet her on set in front of the cast and crew. Winters told Vince of all the famous people she's worked with, including Gene Hackman and Stanley Kubrick and the insults she called them, telling Vince that he now joined a long list of respected Hollywood people that she had insulted. Mangold said the tensions had gone away after that and they worked together well. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The Rock/Heavy/The Phantom/Homage/Ma Saison Preferee (1996). See more »
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Quotes Dolly: Why, you mustn't skip breakfast. It's the most imp... important meal.
Victor: I'm fat ma.
Dolly: You are not fat, you are not. Honey, you're husky, you're... you're well-built, you're macho!
Victor: I am fat ma!
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