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Julian Po (1997)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 5 September 1997 (USA)
Christian Slater is a stranger who comes to a small town. The local citizens think he's up to no good. After bothering him for a while, he blurts out his reason for moving in frustration.


Alan Wade


Branimir Scepanovic (book), Alan Wade

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Slater ... Julian Po
Robin Tunney ... Sarah
Michael Parks ... Vern
Cherry Jones ... Lucy
Frankie Faison ... Sheriff Leon
Harve Presnell ... Mayor Henry Leech
Allison Janney ... Lilah Leech
LaTanya Richardson Jackson ... Darlene (as Latanya Richardson)
Dina Spybey-Waters ... Dee (as Dina Spybey)
Bruce Bohne ... Pastor Bean
Roy Cooper Roy Cooper ... Tobias the Barber
Zeljko Ivanek ... Tom Potter
Ellen McElduff Ellen McElduff ... Reva
Io Tillett Wright Io Tillett Wright ... Walter
Jeremy Jordan ... Bobby


Christian Slater is a stranger who comes to a small town. The local citizens think he's up to no good. After bothering him for a while, he blurts out his reason for moving in frustration. Written by RachelW

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements related to suicide, and for language and some sensuality | See all certifications »






Release Date:

5 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tears of Julian Po See more »

Filming Locations:

Fleischmanns, New York, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,148, 7 September 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$33,148, 7 September 1997
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The German dubbed version differs from the usual dubbing of foreign films. In this movie they use the German "Herr" instead of "Mister" and the German currency (then "D-Mark") instead of US currency (when Christian Slater hires a room). See more »


Julian Po: Everyone's time is short. Yours, too. It's an illusion that we have forever to live.
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Po'? Indeed not! This rich, imaginative film is well worth seeing, kudos to writer Alan Wade, who adapted the script
21 March 2011 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Julian Po (Christian Slater) is headed to the beach. A bookkeeper by profession, his life is not evolving the way he wanted it to, so he has quit his job in favor of this quest. However, before he reaches the beloved ocean of his dreams, his car breaks down and he walks to the nearest town. Talk about an unwelcoming committee! Although he is rented a room at a boarding house, Julian is immediately under intense scrutiny and avid speculation. All of the town folks, the mayor (Harve Presnell), his wife (Allison Janney), and the rest are convinced that Mr. Po is a killer-drifter, a con-artist, or, well, fill in the blank. Finally confronting him on his second day, at a diner, the residents are startled to hear that Julian's main plan is to commit suicide. All of a sudden, he is extended the hand of friendship for choosing their village as "the spot". The barber gives him a free haircut, stating that undertakers do lousy work, and Julian also gets a new suit, delicious muffins, and a marriage proposal from beautiful Sarah (Robin Tunney). It's heady stuff. Soon, kids are betting on what day the deed will be done and folks are coming to Julian for advice and fervent goodbyes. But, now Julian is not so sure what he wants, especially with the lovely Sarah in his life. Will Mr. Po follow through? This is a delightful movie, with an outstanding script of humor and insight. The credits state that it is based on a classic foreign novel, which is unfamiliar to most, but Alan Wade did a great adaptation of the work. Also fine are the cast members, including Slater, Tunney, Janney, Presnell, Cherry Jones, and all, all of the others. The small town setting is a beautiful, the costumes are well-chosen, and the cinematography and direction are most competent. The only caveat may be that the film's jacket doesn't do it justice, giving few clues to the strength of the story. Therefore, if you passed it by at the video store, thinking it appeared dull, ponder again. Po is not "po" but very rich.

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