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Finding North (1998)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 11 June 1999 (UK)
Screwball romance involving a woman (Makkena) who gets fired from her job as a bank teller when her friends arrange for a stripper to appear at the bank for her birthday. She then meets a ... See full summary »


Tanya Wexler


Kim Powers (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wendy Makkena ... Rhonda Portelli
John Benjamin Hickey ... Travis Furlong
Jonathan Walker ... Voice of Bobby (voice)
Anne Bobby ... Debi
Rebecca Creskoff ... Gina
Angela Pietropinto ... Mama Portelli
Freddie Roman ... Papa Portelli
Molly McClure ... Aunt Bonnie
Yusef Bulos ... Taxi Driver
Garrett Moran Garrett Moran ... Stripper
Steven Jones Steven Jones ... Funeral Director
Lynn Metrik Lynn Metrik ... Bank Manager
Phyllis Cicero Phyllis Cicero ... Janice
Spiro Malas Spiro Malas ... Waiter
Amy Zimmerman Amy Zimmerman ... Ticket Agent


Screwball romance involving a woman (Makkena) who gets fired from her job as a bank teller when her friends arrange for a stripper to appear at the bank for her birthday. She then meets a man (Hickey) whom she had earlier seen jump off a bridge and had assumed had committed suicide. With nothing else to do, she follows him to Texas. Along the way she slowly comes to realize he is gay and is despondent over the AIDS-related death of his former lover. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

11 June 1999 (UK) See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,952, 6 June 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,909, 14 November 1999
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A truly badly written screenplay!
4 November 2001 | by guil12See all my reviews

This was such a hokey story and worse yet, badly acted by it's leading lady, Wendy Makkena, who just didn't take no for an answer. She truly got on my nerves with her phony accent and if you can imagine just walking into someone's home, unannounced and uninvited, and then proceeds to poke her nose into his closet and such. Follow this with her trailing after him onto a plane to Texas. She just won't give up. I'd have had the police lock her up. Sorry, to me, she was so obnoxious I just wanted to take the tape off. But John Benjamin Hickey, as Travis, one of my favorite actors ["Love, Valour, Compassion"] did what he could to salvage the trite dialogue. He made most of the moments believable as only a good actor can. Why it took him so long to tell the female intruder he was gay, puzzled me. She would have pushed off had he done this. But, then, I guess there wouldn't have been a film had he done so. Then there's Aunt Bonnie, excellently played by Molly McClure, who also salvaged a bad movie with her simplicity and honesty as an actress [Wendy take note]. I loved her. I loved the scenes with her and Travis. They were quiet and filled with such sensitivity. Of course, Rhonda [Makkena] had to intrude once more. She should have stuck with that beautiful hunk Ben, played with sexy appeal by Jay Michaelson [loved the accent] who was very gentle with her when she turned him down [foolish girl]. Let's see more of this good looking guy. So in summary, Kim Powers' script lacked the necessary depth needed to carry this film and director, Tanya Wexler [why are there so many female gay film directors?] did the best she could with the exception of casting Makkena in the role of Rhonda. You had the feeling she would end up just like her mother, who was a mess. Add the nice acting jobs by Hickey and McClure and the gorgeous looks of Michaelson and it's worth watching for them alone, if you can bear hearing Makkena talk.

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