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Allen, a struggling young artist who once survived by working in the streets, is now involved with Eva, a wealthy Los Angeles gallery owner. Quite by surprise Allen receives a visit from an... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Chamberlain ... Thaddeus MacKenzie
Michael Imperioli ... Allen Hayden
Ute Lemper ... Eva Kline
James Duval ... Jaime
Austin Pendleton ... Billy
Talia Shire ... Jaime's Mother
Mike Starr ... Frank
Richard Riehle ... Heavyset Man
Michael Saucedo ... Luis
James Karen ... Ray
Michael Kearns Michael Kearns ... Arthur
Michael O'Hagan ... Jack
Lewis Arquette ... Vagabond
Paul Marius Paul Marius ... Turk
Jon Powell ... Martin
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Allen, a struggling young artist who once survived by working in the streets, is now involved with Eva, a wealthy Los Angeles gallery owner. Quite by surprise Allen receives a visit from an old john, Thaddeus, who is dying from aids and has come to spend his last days somewhere humble ans spare. Allen reluctantly takes him in, straining his relationship with Eva, who slowly discovers the truth about their past. When Thaddeus implores Allen to find Jamie, a young hustler he had once tried to rescue, Allen returns to the streets where he must choose between what he left behind and the uncertainty that lies ahead. Written by Alie Heidema <heidema@wxs.nl>

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English

Release Date:

20 June 2003 (Finland) See more »

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Cicatrizes do Passado See more »

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Island Park Films Inc. See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Thaddeus MacKenzie: Why do you turn your back on everything? On the people who care about you?
Allen Hayden: Thaddeus, who do you think I am? What did you think we were? Did you think you were my savior? The rich, charitable man who reached out and saved the poor lonely child? No, man, you were a john. You were a sucker. Don't look to me for caring because I don't care. I'll take anyone, I'll take Eva, I'll take you, I'll take anyone, it doesn't matter, because I am a hustler. Whether it's sex, or this bullshit that I sell, ...
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Brilliance at all levels
19 October 2005 | by john-n-spagnuolo-jrSee all my reviews

I recently came across this film (DVD) never having had any clue of its existence. I was profoundly affected by it in no small measure due to the wonderful work of the major players (as well as those of the supporting cast of very competent Hollywood regulars). Richard Chamberlain (Thaddeus), Michael Imperioli (Allen) and James Duval (Jaime) in particular give heartfelt performances that, in my opinion, either confirmed reasons for (as in the case of Chamberlain) or predicted (as in the case of Imperioli and Duval) the great success of these actors . Chamberlain has intonations and expressions that come from nothing short of great insight into the pains of a character who is facing a death with romantic frustrations. Imperioli, on the other hand, displays a mix of decency and occasional rage which so typifies a person who has internal good but still has been adversely affected up by the world around him. James Duval displays uncanny understanding of the nuances of psychological complexity associated with many street hustlers who, very often, need a little love even when they may not let themselves admit it. He will forever be remembered and seen in this movie as the good looking, clean cut, tough, street smart kid who holds it all in until the end when he comes to realize the feelings he holds that he has previously been afraid to embrace. It's all masterfully summed up with his tearful expressions of affection towards the end of the film. The renderings of Clare De Lune in the background of the Santa Monica street scene at the beginning of the film and Mozart's Requiem at the end express the fleeting nature of youth, beauty and life while emoting deep feelings of sorrow and tragedy. The appropriate playing of Ave Verum Corpus towards the end of the film during the art show aptly coincides with an action that Jamie has initiated which, as the ending of the movie seems to indicate, results in a step towards his salvation (as well as Allen's). A director's cut DVD should be made including a "making of "documentary. Independent films such as this are not to be forgotten. Period.


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