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Valerie Flake (1999)

A boozing, recently widowed young woman gives every one she comes into contact with a hard time. Initially, the viewer is led to believe that her attitude is because of the death of her ... See full summary »

Director:

John Putch

Writer:

Robert Tilem
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Cast

Credited cast:
Susan Traylor ... Valerie Flake
Jay Underwood ... Tim Darnell
Christina Pickles ... Meg Darnell
Peter Michael Goetz ... Douglas Flake
Rosemary Forsyth ... Irene Flake
Terrence Howard ... Hitchhiker (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
Ann Gillespie ... Barbara
Sarah Bibb Sarah Bibb ... Tammy
Kevin Rahm ... Jogger Ronald
Richard Cummings Jr. ... Rooftop Guard
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Talia Balsam ... Greenhorn Checker Linda
Gerald Beg Gerald Beg ... Robotic Dad (as Gerry Beg)
Tracy Bunetta Tracy Bunetta ... Romantic Woman
Becky Claassen Becky Claassen ... Robotic Mom
Blake Clark ... Uncle Jack
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A boozing, recently widowed young woman gives every one she comes into contact with a hard time. Initially, the viewer is led to believe that her attitude is because of the death of her husband in a motorcycle accident. However, it grows clearer as the film progresses that she just generally has a bitchy attitude about life. She moves back home with her in-laws, where she is pursued by a nice young grocer. However, his mother recognizes her as a heart breaker and warns him away and battles with her. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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A Journey From Despair To Palm Springs

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Irrallisia suhteita See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

PutchFilms,I.E. Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Symphony
Written and Performed by Kathleen Wilhoite
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A recent widow leads a path of despair and confusion looking for that utopia that may be waiting over the hill.
4 October 2006 | by Michael SchrossenbergSee all my reviews

Excellent job of writing on this. Not our usual Hollywood garb, but writer Robert Tilem added a rather complex, confused, and conflicting portrayal of lead character Valerie Flake (Susan Traylor) Most scripts do not delve into subject matter like this, but rather stay at the safe, surface (let's sell tickets) level. Peter Michael Goeta (My Engagement Party) plays Valerie's Father-In-Law and is just one of many in the film that can't figure out what to make of their deceased son's widowed wife. Jay Underwood also does a admirable job as the (innocent) love interest! I also find Valerie Flake's character to be more believable because physically she is no goddess, but knows what she can get from others...whether she wants it or not! For an Indy film, I very much liked the delivery. Kudos to John Putch (Director, and son of Jean Stapleton) and Robert Tilem (Writer) for not being afraid to film against the predictable Hollywood grain!. Hope to see more films from this team!


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