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Speed of Life (1999)

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A son is stuck with caring for his Alzheimer victim father, a former professor who can now barely communicate. Depressed and struggling to make ends meet, an old buddy tries to get him to ... See full summary »

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Rob Schmidt (as Robert Schmidt)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Caan ... Drew
Leo Burmester ... Dad
Mia Kirshner ... Sarah
Anthony Ruivivar ... Arturo / Satan
Geoffrey Cantor ... Carter
Sally Stewart ... Eileen
Cesar Leonardo Cesar Leonardo ... Dealer #1 (as Cesar L. Aramburu)
Mtume Gant Mtume Gant ... Dealer #2
Peggy Gormley ... Louise
Matt Servitto ... Dr. Wrye
Byron West ... Mr. Corber
Kate Rigg ... Mean Nurse
Solomon Cobitt Solomon Cobitt ... Soda Man
Brenda Denmark Brenda Denmark ... Overworked Nurse (as Brenda Thomas Denmark)
Chad L. Coleman ... Orderly (as Chad Coleman)
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A son is stuck with caring for his Alzheimer victim father, a former professor who can now barely communicate. Depressed and struggling to make ends meet, an old buddy tries to get him to become a pusher. He gets further drawn in by a wild girl for whom he does procure drugs and gets involved in a wild sexual relationship. All of these factors weigh on the man until the inevitable conclusion is reached. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated R for strong sexuality, drug use, language, nudity and brief violence
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1999 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Realistic, Moving Drama
19 August 2007 | by sbrazieSee all my reviews

Speed of Life is a drama about a young man who's mother has died and who now has the unenviable task of caring for his father, a once brilliant professor who is now crippled by the onset of Alzheimers Disease and cannot perform any functions such as bathing, eating, or using the restroom on his own. They live in a loft in a drug-ridden borough of NYC. The film follows his attempts to care for his father, earn money, and go to school while meeting a young artist who also happens to be a drug addict.

Excellent film, from writing, acting, script, sets, camera work, etc. Realistic, moving. Scott Caan shows he has range beyond playing the stereotypical criminal and Mia Kirschner in a small but pivotal role excels as usual. The actor portraying the invalid father was phenomenal. A drama that is both depressing and uplifting, worth seeing for avid film watchers.


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