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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 »

Director:

Tanya Wexler

Writer:

Kim Powers (screenplay)
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Cast

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
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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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... not your Ordinary Fairy Tale. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 1999 (UK) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,952, 6 June 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,909, 14 November 1999
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Color
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Film debut of Jesse Plemons. See more »

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References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »

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Blue Is the Color of Lonesome
Performed by The Bluegrass Cardinals
Written by Don and David Parmley, Silverhill Music, BMI
Courtesy of CMH Records
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Nice try, but contrived and unconvincing
25 April 2000 | by wbryanksSee all my reviews

This film, a chronicle of road trip combining a despondent gay man who has lost his lover to AIDS with a bossy Brooklyneese woman who still lives with her overbearing parents, is calculated to bring chuckles and tears. Unfortunately, the film is riddled with improbable coincidences, hokey sentimentality, and amateurish acting and filming. One hopes to like the film, and I do commend its portrayal of a gay male in reasonably unstereotypical fashion. The blatancy of the script's contrivances, however (they "meet cute," he just happens to come into her bank the day after she saw him almost leap to his death from a bridge - and she's carrying the shoe he left behind, she pursues him all the way to Texas with no encouragement or realization that he's gay, they learn "life lessons" after meeting his dead lover's crusty surrogate mother, etc.), just sabotaged the film for me. It made me squirm in uneasiness, and I never found myself relaxing in the hands of a filmmaker who believed in her material. Thumbs down here.


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