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A Slipping-Down Life (1999)

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A young woman becomes obsessed with a small-time North Carolina rock singer.

Director:

Toni Kalem

Writers:

Anne Tyler (based on the novel by), Toni Kalem (written for the screen by)
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lili Taylor ... Evie Decker
Guy Pearce ... Drumstrings Casey
Irma P. Hall ... Clotelia
Tom Bower ... Mr. Decker
Bruno Kirby ... Kiddie Acres Manager
Veronica Cartwright ... Mrs. Casey
Shawnee Smith ... Faye-Jean Lindsay
Sara Rue ... Violet
John Hawkes ... David Elliot
Marshall Bell ... Mr. Casey
Jo Ann Farabee Jo Ann Farabee ... Woman at Salon
Harv Morgan Harv Morgan ... Dick St. Clair
Jason Russel Waller Jason Russel Waller ... Audience Member #1 (as Jason Russell Waller)
Lew Temple ... Audience Member #2
Jason Kavalewitz Jason Kavalewitz ... Young Sex Band
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Storyline

Evie Decker, a shy young woman, falls in love with pop star Drumstrings Casey after hearing his voice on the radio. Summoning the courage to pursue the singer, Evie starts to break out of her shell... Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

You think you're invisible. But I see you.

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Жизнь по наклонной See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,066, 16 May 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$95,436, 13 June 2004
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Austin mayor, Kirk Watson makes a cameo in the drugstore scene. See more »

Goofs

The bus that Evie walks by after Drumstrings drops her off at work prominently says Elgin I.S.D. on it. Elgin I.S.D. is in Texas, where the movie was filmed, and not in North Carolina, where the film is based. See more »

Quotes

Faye-Jean Lindsay: Hey Evie! I could have sworn I saw you and that porker friend of yours at the concert the other night.
Evie Decker: My friend Violet and I did go.
Faye-Jean Lindsay: No shit!
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One Grey Morning
Written by Ron Sexsmith
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Quiet and sweet
8 June 2006 | by blueaugustSee all my reviews

This film is an absolute gem. It was filmed in and around Austin, and I didn't even know it until I saw the landscape. Not to mention the cameo of our former mayor Kirk Watson!

What can be said about Lili Taylor that hasn't been better said by superior raters? She's simply amazing as Evie. I've read other reviews that claim she was too old for the part and I completely disagree. She brings a clear and clean strength to this role that was absolutely required for the part to shine as it did. She just simply glowed through the movie like a firefly. Guy Pearce made this viewer fall in love with him the way Drumstrings made Evie fall in love.

Evie's relationship with her father was warm and touching. Her soul is so strong yet so fragile because of it's capacity to love that at one point I caught myself saying to the screen, "Don't break her heart. Please don't break her heart". This movie is a special treasure.


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