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Finding North (1998)

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 »

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Tanya Wexler

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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
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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 1999 (UK) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$5,952, 6 June 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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

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References What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) See more »

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Mother Maybelle
Performed by The Nashville Grass featuring Johnny Cash
Written by J. Maphis, R. Maphis, Silverhill Music, BMI
Courtesy of CMH Records
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Sweet, quirky, good AIDS-relationship story
18 October 2006 | by zyzyb2kSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie, particularly John Benjamin Hickey's work. He is natural, relaxed, and did not force emotions, given the topic of the surviving partner of a gay man who had died of AIDS.

It dealt with the tremendous emotional loss, the lack of social validation of his relationship (not considered a husband/widow) in a poignant way. Hickey's character's attempt at suicide is not far-fetched. At the height of the initial wave of gay men dying from AIDS, their surviving partners/ spouses were often cut-out or barred from funeral services, denied access to homes they co-owned or rented, and had joint bank accounts emptied by hateful family members of the deceased.

While the bank teller character is more caricature, she lends the right humorous twist to this 'road trip/love story'. The various Texas characters are on-the-money, well-cast, and sweet.

I have watched this movie a number of times and enjoyed it very much, each time.


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