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The Bumblebee Flies Anyway (1999)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 1 January 2000 (USA)
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An amnesiac youth tries to piece together his past, but what he discovers may jeopardize his future.


Martin Duffy


Robert Cormier (novel), Jennifer Sarja (screenplay)
1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Janet Paparazzo Janet Paparazzo ... Eileen Snow
Elijah Wood ... Barney Snow
Janeane Garofalo ... Dr. Harriman / Handyman
George Gore II ... Billy
Joe Perrino ... Mazzo
Roger Rees ... Dr. Croft
Oni Faida Lampley Oni Faida Lampley ... Nurse Bascam
Jeffrey Force Jeffrey Force ... Allie Roon
Christopher Mark Petrizzo Christopher Mark Petrizzo ... Chris Ronson
Rachael Leigh Cook ... Cassie
Sam Haft ... Samuel Ronson (as Samuel Haft)
John E. Mack John E. Mack ... Willy / Orderly
Matthew Cavallary Matthew Cavallary ... Young Barney Snow
David France ... Richard Snow
Joan Levy Joan Levy ... Woman in Suburbs
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Barney Snow (Wood) wakes up in a hospital with no memories but his name & recurring images of a car crash. With little else to go on, he makes the place his temporary home and soon learns that all of the other residents in this youth clinic are dying from terminal illnesses - except him. When another patient, Mazzo (Perrino), asks Barney to play host for his visiting twin sister Cassie (Cook), the two strike up a fast friendship that blooms into romance and promises a fresh start for Barney. But as he gradually pieces together his fragmented memory, he begins to unravel the puzzle of his strange dreams and remember his old life. How will Barney react once he learns the truth about his own past, and what will he do when Mazzo surprises him with a difficult request for help? Written by Kay-22

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They Took His Past. She Gave Him His Future


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


When Billy mentions calling a radio station to request on obscene song, the title he mentions is "Lick My Love Pump". That song is from This Is Spinal Tap (1984). See more »


Barney Snow: Are the others beyond hope?
Dr. Harriman: No. Beyond curing maybe, but never beyond hope.
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Performed by Alana Davis
Written by Alana Davis and Ed Tuton
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People LIKED this movie???
5 October 2002 | by onedaveatatimeSee all my reviews

I really tried to like this movie because I really like some of the actors in it. But - it had so many flaws that any thinking person should have found it unwatchable.

This film is so full of confusing and implausible scenes and especially reactions that it's hard to accept almost any following scene without wondering what the heck had just happened. Or why it happened. And the cinematography was uneven. Some of the shots were nice, where others were shot so badly that I wondered if they had handed the camera to Forrest Gump himself.

Okay, to start, the Elijah Wood character is supposed to be stricken with amnesia, which would be profoundly disturbing and worrisome for any real person. Elijah does stress over this, randomly, now and again, in brief and obvious shots. But it's amazingly understated. That's just one example of how all the players under-react (or badly act) to every situation in Bumblebee.

As much as it tried to be different and, I guess, 'artsy', this film is as chock full of obtuse emotional manipulation as any mainstream, big budget, Hollywood piece of crap: feel sorry for the dying kids, understand the detached but not-really-detached doctor, ache for the long-shot romance, laugh with and love the funny kid, but worry about his health. Please.

The worst things about this terrible piece of work were the dialogue and the acting. I honestly don't think the actors are to be entirely blamed for their bad performances. There's only so much one can do with a botched script and bad directing. There are many moments when you feel like you're watching a teeny-bop romp (albeit, a depressing one) or a watch-by-numbers after school special.

It's all very confusing how the movie slaps scenes together which don't fit, and barely explains things which clearly need more definition.

The idea wasn't bad. It could have been an okay film, at least. But they screwed it up all the way through.

Thumbs (and other ligaments) down.

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1 January 2000 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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