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Homegrown (1998)

Life is good for Jack, Carter and Harlan, three inept ne'r-do-wells who help run master dope-grower Malcoms flourishing marijuana plantation somewhere in northern California. But then ... See full summary »

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Stephen Gyllenhaal

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Jonah Raskin (story), Stephen Gyllenhaal (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Lithgow ... Malcolm / Robert Stockman
Jon Tenney ... Helicopter Pilot
Ryan Phillippe ... Harlan Dykstra
Hank Azaria ... Carter
Billy Bob Thornton ... Jack Marsden
Kelly Lynch ... Lucy
Jon Bon Jovi ... Danny
Kleoka Renee Sands Kleoka Renee Sands ... 4-Year-Old Girl
Matt Ross ... Ben Hickson
Judge Reinhold ... Policeman
Leigh French ... Waitress
Christopher Dalton Christopher Dalton ... Old Farmer
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Sierra Kahan
Tiffany Paulsen ... Heather the Stockbreeder
Jeanette H. Wilson Jeanette H. Wilson ... White Haired Woman
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Life is good for Jack, Carter and Harlan, three inept ne'r-do-wells who help run master dope-grower Malcoms flourishing marijuana plantation somewhere in northern California. But then Malcom is suddenly bumped off by a mysterious assailant, after a moment of panic, the naive trio decide to take over the business themselves. However, their lazy days on the dope farm have ill prepared them for the high-stakes game of finding buyers for millions of dollars of contraband. As they plunge into a shadowy new world of duplicity, double-dealing and danger, they soon find that they have gotten in way, way over their heads. But driven on by increasing greed and paranoia, it's too late to back out. Written by Eva Tauzer <eva@mte.hupe.hu>

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A comedy that goes to your head. See more »


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Rated R for pervasive drug content and language, and for some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amatorzy w konopiach See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$77,910, 19 April 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$215,553, 10 May 1998
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SDDS | Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The film cast includes one Oscar winner: Billy Bob Thornton; and five Oscar nominees: John Lithgow, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jon Bon Jovi and Steve Carell. See more »

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The tape used for marking where people stand is visible when they are at the door of the Leinhart Rents truck. It disappears and reappears throughout the scene (at around 1h 28 mins). See more »

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[about one of her many love affairs]
Lucy: It's complicated. Sometimes complications are interesting.
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References Fantasy Island (1977) See more »

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Hold on to Me
by Cowboy Junkies
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Cool and Funny
1 April 2003 | by Alex-372See all my reviews

Homegrown is a very nice and inspirational film about three farmboy dope growers and their "community" of likeminded folk. After their boss Malcolm (John Lithgow) is assassinated, the hapless and frequently high trio have to try and improvise to get paid.

Homegrown is also a strongly feminist movie, in the best sense of the word, in that all the women are in fact the real actors behind the events as they unfold. What do our three hapless heroes do when they get in trouble and need a place to crash? Lucy (Kelly Lynch) is the first port of call, and she isn't afraid to use sex to get any info she needs. Who is really taking care of business when the community is threatened to be invaded by mafiosi?

All in all, this is a very inspirational movie. It makes you feel you want to go out and grow some of your own herb. I can see how a lot of people got nervous about a movie where the main characters are pot growers. However, if you take into account that pot is just another plant, it's hard to see what the trouble is about. The producers tried to sell this as a "comedy", and there are plenty of laughs, but don't wait for canned laughter or any other cues.

There are several marijuana inspired songs, Bob Marley's "Smoke Two Joints" and Musical Youth's "Pass The Dutchie", just to name two.

It is more of a caper/suspense/comedy movie.


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