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Childhood's End (1996)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 4 April 1997 (USA)
A story of two teens discovering their budding sexuality. Greg is having his first sexual experience and first relationship with his friend's mother, a woman twice his age....while Denise ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cameron Foord Cameron Foord ... Evelyn Edwards
Heather Gottlieb Heather Gottlieb ... Rebecca Meyer
Sam Trammell ... Greg Chute
Colleen Werthmann Colleen Werthmann ... Denise Edwards
Bridget White ... Chloe Chute
Reiko Aylesworth ... Laurie Cannon
Mark Bendo Mark Bendo ... Boor #1
Robert Capelli Jr. ... Boor #2
Phil Coccioletti Phil Coccioletti ... Harvey Branch (as Philip Coccioletti)
Georgia Creighton Georgia Creighton ... Saleswoman
Edie Falco ... Patty
David Goodman David Goodman ... Chloe's Skating Partner
Marlon Hecht Marlon Hecht ... Benji
Bryan Hicks Bryan Hicks ... Cop
Garland Hunter Garland Hunter ... Wanda


A story of two teens discovering their budding sexuality. Greg is having his first sexual experience and first relationship with his friend's mother, a woman twice his age....while Denise is angry with Greg, and sleeps with another girl. Both are in a hurry to mature, but both must deal with the repercussions of growing up, moving out, and leaving the security of childhood behind. Edie Falco, Sam Trammell, and Colleen Werthmann star in this engaging, intelligent, and semi-realistic independent seriocomedy. Written by TrivWhiz

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

4 April 1997 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,556, 6 April 1997

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Feature film premiere of Sam Trammell, who portrays Greg Chute. See more »


References That Touch of Mink (1962) See more »

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Brilliant multilayered depiction of American society
28 July 2001 | by John BetheaSee all my reviews

I caught a screening of this film on the Independent Film Channel three years ago, and recorded it because I had to go to work, so I've had ample opportunity to watch this film and analyze it in more than a cursory manner. Quite simply, this is a great, uncompromising film depicting people in unconventional relationships in an extremely fair and honest fashion.

Childhood's End is structured around the development of two relationships. The first one to develop is between Greg, a whiz kid photographer, and a friend of his mother's, Evelyn, a fortyish, sexually adventurous divorcee. The core of their relationship, which initially appears to be a shallow May-December/Oedipal sexual attraction, develops quickly into a deeper attachment, much to the horror of their family and friends alike. Two of these friends are Rebecca, an anxious teenage loner, and Denise, and outed lesbian. They fall in love, and form a relationship against the background of their troubled family lives. I don't have a fancy, polished way of explaining why it is that this movie is a great one. All I can tell you is that I've never seen anything so non-judgemental, or honest in all my life. These characters are not cardboard creations. Greg is an egomaniacal overgrown teenager shagging his mom's former best friend. This is not done for a laugh, and it isn't very pleasant to watch up close. Rebecca and Denise are in love, and that's just the way it is. The scene where the make love for the first time is the most explicit sex scene ever filmed, but somehow it is the furthest thing from pornography that I've ever seen, too. This film develops in a very unconventional fashion. I was constantly surprised by the frankness of the dialogue, and the direction that the plot took near the end. I'm not doing justice to all the other characters in the film( such as Chloe the model, who ends up as a Vegas showgirl), but there really are way too many to mention in the detail they would deserve. I look forward to the second film from Jeff Lipsky, whenever it may come.

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