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I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1998)

A cross-dressing mental patient escapes from an asylum and robs a bank. The money is soon stolen from him, and he embarks on a killing spree in an attempt to retrieve it.

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Aris Iliopulos
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Zane ... The Thief
Tippi Hedren ... Maylinda Austed
Ron Perlman ... Cemetery Caretaker
Michael Greene ... Tom Harris
Christina Ricci ... Teenage Hooker
Roberta Hanley Roberta Hanley ... Housewife
Andrew McCarthy ... Cemetery Cop
Ann Magnuson ... Loan Secretary
Robert Musselman Robert Musselman ... Eartha Kitt's Escort
Marvin Lorence Marvin Lorence ... Eartha Kitt's Piano Player (as Marvin Lorence)
Bud Cort ... Shopkeeper (as Lord Hienrich 'Binky' Alcoa III)
Taylor Negron ... Loan Office Cop
Megan Odebash Megan Odebash ... Wardrobe Mistress (as Megan Odabash)
Carel Struycken ... Undertaker
Max Perlich ... Assistant Undertaker
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Storyline

A cross-dressing mental patient escapes from an asylum and robs a bank. The money is soon stolen from him, and he embarks on a killing spree in an attempt to retrieve it.

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Forget Glen or Glenda - is this Billy or Billie? See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

10 September 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Awoke Early the Day I Died See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Muse Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The second film with no dialogue that Ron Perlman has acted in. The first was Quest for Fire (1981). See more »

Soundtracks

Jesus I Was Evil
Performed by Darcy Clay
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Just saw the movie on TV
27 October 2004 | by vmmr73-1See all my reviews

Unique film, certainly breaks the mold of mainstream movies without going into the 'art film' category. This is another example of Ed Wood's weird but entertaining film making style. He never forgot that movies were entertainment, but also made sure his movies showed us twisted and surreal takes on life that get the viewer hooked without the formulaic approach most Hollywood movies take - regardless of the genre.

It's a shame the movie isn't available in the US and that it wasn't released in theaters. I just saw it here in Mexico on a movie channel called movie planet, not sure it's available in the U.S. but if you van get your hands on the movie, it's worth seeing.


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