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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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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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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 »

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Production Co:

Muse Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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The movie has sound and some off-screen narration, but no dialogue. See more »

Soundtracks

Puttin' and Takin'
Performed by Jack Teagarden's Orchestra
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strange and worth seeing
2 December 2006 | by Lee EisenbergSee all my reviews

Knowing that "I Woke Up Early the Day I Died" comes from a script by Ed Wood, it would seem that anyone should prepare heckling comments before watching it. It turns out that, although the movie makes little if any sense, there is a definite charm to it, possibly to the point of meriting a serious viewing. The plot - or whatever it is - centers on a mental patient (Billy Zane) escaping from the hospital, killing a bank teller, attending the funeral, and then getting involved with the people in the man's life. I think that that's the story; the absence of dialogue made it a little hard to follow.

So, it seems to be the sort of movie that you watch to study, just to see whether or not you can make anything out of the loosely strung together events portrayed. I can't say that I've been able to make anything out of it. Maybe you can. Also starring Tippi Hedren, Ron Perlman, Bud Cort, John Ritter, Christina Ricci and Karen Black. So perhaps we can call "IWUETDID" the almost unheard-of movie with a stellar cast.


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