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Chasing Amy (1997)

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Holden and Banky are comic book artists. Everything's going good for them until they meet Alyssa, also a comic book artist. Holden falls for her, but his hopes are crushed when he finds out she's a lesbian.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Fan
... Holden McNeil
... Collector
... Banky Edwards
... Little Kid
Dwight Ewell ... Hooper X
... Alyssa Jones
... Singer
... Kim (as Carmen Lee)
... Jim Hicks - Executive #1
... Shawn Oran - Executive #2
Alexander Goebbel ... Train Kid
Tony Torn ... Cashier
Rebecca Waxman ... Dalia
... Tory
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A pair of comic book authors named Holden McNeil and Banky Edwards, who live in New Jersey, have been best friends for 20 years. They spend their time working in their studio, and in the evenings they are going out. But their friendship is about to be disputed for the first time in their life, when a beautiful young lesbian woman named Alyssa Jones enters their life and Holden falls in love with her. Now Holden has to deal with Banky's jealousy, and with his new girlfriend's very rich past. Written by rsilberman

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It's not who you love. It's how. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for strong graphic sex-related dialogue, language, sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »

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18 April 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Akolouthontas tin Amy  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,446, 6 April 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,006,514, 28 September 1997
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Carmen Llywelyn (Kim, Alyssa's lesbian lover) was the wife of Jason Lee (credited as Carmen Lee). Joey Lauren Adams, who played Alyssa was Kevin Smith's girlfriend. See more »

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When Jay and Silent Bob meet Holden at the diner, the lemon on the drink in front of Jay changes position back and forth between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Comic Book Writer #1: I don't know. I love Chow Yun Fat. I just don't see him playing Madman.
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Crazy Credits

To all the critics that didn't like our last movie: "All is forgiven." See more »

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Followed by Clerks II (2006) See more »

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Run's House
(1988)
Written by Darryl McDaniels (as D. McDaniels), Jason Mizell (as J. Mizell),
David Reeves (as D. Reeves)
Performed by Run-D.M.C.
Courtesy of Profile Records, Inc.
(Played during the first scene in the Bank Hold Up)
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The Best Love Story of the Year
2 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

"Chasing Amy" has to be the best love story of 1997. It was emotional, gripping, funny, sad, heartwarming, and had some great jokes. How could anyone deny that this screenplay was anything less than original, or perfection. Absolutely intoxicating. The performances were right on and the writing was magnificent. Kevin Smith is, without a doubt, one of the best new writers. With this movie he goes to a whole new level. "Clerks" was great, and I think I'm one of the five people that enjoyed "Mallrats", but "Chasing Amy" takes the cake. Nothing else came even close that year. That movie should have made a star out of Joey Lauren Adams. She gave the BEST performance in 1997 and was robbed of an Oscar nomination, as was the script. The scene outside of the ice rink is more than enough to show just how good she was. And anyone who can watch that ending, the you don't know if you should cry or jump for joy ending, and not feel something, is heartless. The movie was great. It is one of my personal favorites, and will always be.


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