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Sweet Jane (1998)

Jane, an HIV-positive heroin addict, meets Tony, a young AIDS victim with no family, and the two form a bond.

Director:

Joe Gayton

Writer:

Joe Gayton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samantha Mathis ... Jane
Barbara Pilavin ... Old Woman Patient
Kimberly Scott ... Dr. Gordon
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Tony
Derek Webster ... Darryl
Nicki Micheaux ... Martielle
Phil Fondacaro ... Bob
Russell Gray Russell Gray ... Silhouette
Mary Woronov ... Sales Lady
Rex Ryan Rex Ryan ... Clemenzo
Bud Cort ... Dr. Geiler
Daniel Roebuck ... Kellygreen
Gary Bullock ... Figure
William McNamara ... Stan Bleeker
Milton Quon Milton Quon ... Korean Clerk
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Storyline

Jane is a drug addict who has just been diagnosed HIV-positive. Teenage boy Tony gets close to her and accepts her as a surrogate mother, but he's also terminally ill with AIDS. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lepers See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$59, 16 July 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$967, 10 September 2000
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NEO Motion Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Quotes

Jane: [after Tony has tied Jane to a chair] Tony, why are you doing this?
Tony: You asked me to.
Jane: No, I mean why are you looking after me?
Tony: Somebody's gotta.
Jane: Yeah, but why you?
Tony: I ain't got nothing better to do.
[points to her TV]
Tony: Does this thing work?
Jane: A little.
Jane: [stares at Tony] My guardian angel.
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Referenced in Mulholland Dr. (2001) See more »

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Subtly wonderful...
14 September 2000 | by corky-27See all my reviews

Tackling the AIDS issue on film is no longer something new or novel. In fact, many independent films of the 90's have tried, in varying degrees of success, to hone in on the horrific and mysterious ramifications of this terrible disease. Sweet Jane, which inexplicably has just now been made available on cable TV, is one of the winners. Perhaps realizing the limited appeal of this heartrending genre, director Joe Gayton goes for broke, but certainly not in an over-the-top fashion. He gamely depicts the desperate world of junkies, prostitutes and have-nots, but finds time to flesh out the human element in all of the moral decay. He occasionally inserts an otherworldly feel to the more sordid proceedings, effectively producing a counter-element to the more mundane (yet essential) exposition. Samantha Mathis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are simply wonderful as the mutually put-upon protagonists of this subtly powerful film. Mathis realizes the potential that we saw in "Pump up the Volume" a few years back, and Gordon-Levitt exhibits surprisingly mature chops for such a young actor. 4 and a half (out of 5) on the Corkymeter.


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