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Outside Providence (1999)

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After one too many run ins with the law, a punk teenager from a working class background is sent to prep school by his frustrated dad, and learns a thing or two.

Director:

Michael Corrente

Writers:

Peter Farrelly (screenplay), Michael Corrente (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shawn Hatosy ... Tim Dunphy
Tommy Bone Tommy Bone ... Jackie Dunphy
Samantha Lavigne Samantha Lavigne ... 'Clops'
Jonathan Brandis ... Mousy
Adam LaVorgna ... Tommy the Wire (as Adam Lavorgna)
Jesse Leach ... Decenz
Jon Abrahams ... Drugs Delaney
Alec Baldwin ... Old Man Dunphy
Richard Jenkins ... Barney
Mike Cerrone ... Caveech
George Wendt ... Joey
Robert Turano ... Fran
Kristen Shorten Kristen Shorten ... Bunny Cote
Timothy Crowe Timothy Crowe ... Mr. Funderburk (as Tim Crowe)
Gabriel Mann ... Jack Wheeler
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Storyline

A boy from Pawtucket, Rhode Island, caught up in the drug scene of the mid-70s, gets in trouble one too many times with the law. To stave off a jail term, his father arranges for him to be placed into a prep school in Cornwall, Connecticut. The terms: Graduate, or else. Written by Matt Cotnoir <theman@ids.net>

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There once was a boy from Pawtucket... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive teen drug use and strong language including sexual references | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anexigiti pronoia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,370,662, 5 September 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,292,175, 10 October 1999
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Company Credits

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Miramax,Eagle Beach See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The President's office at Brown University is actually the old office for the Dean of Admissions at the University of Rhode Island in Green Hall. See more »

Goofs

In the scene in the hockey rink, the markings on the ice are from the 1990s. The most noticeable is the blue circular goalie crease. In 1974, the goalie crease was rectangular and white. See more »

Quotes

Timothy Dunphy: Brown University? They got one of those in Providence!
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Alternate Versions

The alternate ending and behind the scenes on the sell through VHS casette are unfortunetly not on the DVD. See more »

Connections

References Bonanza (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Won't Get Fooled Again
Written by Pete Townshend
Performed by The Who
Courtesy of MCA Records/Polydor Limited
Under License from Universal Music Special Markets
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18 July 2005 | by dav07dan02See all my reviews

Director: Michael Corrente, Script: Peter Farrelly (Novel), Michael Corrente, Bobby Farrelly, Cast: Shawn Hatosy, Tommy Bone, Alec Baldwin, Amy Smart, Jon Abrahams.

Coming of age film about a group of stoner friends from the poor neighbourhood in the blue collar town of Pawtucket, R.I. The film is told from the point of view of Timmothy Dunphy, an underachiever whose main goal in life seems to be how much dope he can smoke. His mother committed suicide when he was just a small boy so it is just him, his disabled little brother and his father. One night while high on dope Tim smashes his car into a parked cop car! His old man has to bail him out of jail. In an attempt to turn his life around, old man Dunphy makes his son cut his hair and forces him to go to a strict boarding school in Connecticut. So here we have a poor kid at a rich prep- school. While here, he meets a rich, smart, preppy co-ed totally the opposite of himself but of course, they fall in love!

This film has many funny as well as serious parts. During periods without dialog we hear many great rock songs from the 60's and 70's. The film was set in 1974. The 'bad guy' in the film is Mr. Funderberk (Timothy Crowe),the strict resident adviser or whatever you want to call him. Although a comedy, the film does have elements of drama. The scene with Tim talking to his old man about his mother is sad. His girlfriend Jane (Amy Smart) gets accepted to Brown but she gets accused of something she didn't do so her acceptance gets reversed as a result. Tim goes to Brown University and tries to see the Dean but the secretary told him he was booked the whole day and that he would have to make an appointment. Tim manages to get into the Dean's office through the window. He then proceeds to tell the Dean the truth about Jane.

This movie was based on a semi-autobiographical novel by Peter Farrelly. The Farrelly brothers are from Rhode Island and many of their movies are filmed there. I wonder how close this film parallels his real teenage years. It would be interesting to read the book.


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