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The Adventures of Sebastian Cole (1998)

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In June, 1983, in Dutchess County, New York, Sebastian Cole joins his mother, step-father, and sister for dinner. Hank, Sebastian's step-father, drops a bomb: he announces he's changing ... See full summary »

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Tod Williams

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Tod Williams
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrian Grenier ... Sebastian Cole
Clark Gregg ... Hank / Henrietta
Aleksa Palladino ... Mary
Margaret Colin ... Joan Cole
John Shea ... Hartley Cole
Marni Lustig ... Jessica Cole
Joan Copeland ... Grandmother Cole
Tom Lacy Tom Lacy ... Grandfather Cole
Gabriel Macht ... Troy
Herbert Russell ... Wayne (as Russel Harper)
Greg Haberny ... Jimmy Bogardus
Peter McRobbie ... Principal
Merritt Wever ... Susan
Marisol Padilla Sánchez ... Woman In Dessert
Rory Cochrane ... Chinatown
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Storyline

In June, 1983, in Dutchess County, New York, Sebastian Cole joins his mother, step-father, and sister for dinner. Hank, Sebastian's step-father, drops a bomb: he announces he's changing sexes. Sebastian's sister splits immediately for California, and his mother takes him back to England. Jump ahead eight months, Sebastian is back in New York, knocking on Hank's door. Hank (now Henrietta, although all the surgeries aren't complete) takes Sebastian in and is his rock over the next few months of high school. Sebastian's "adventures" are mostly self-destructive. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and crude sexual references, and for some substance abuse | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Paramount Classics

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Abenteuer des Sebastian Cole See more »

Filming Locations:

Clermont, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,598, 8 August 1999

Gross USA:

$100,841

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$100,841
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Culpan Productions LLC See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Shea (I) and Margaret Colin also play a divorced couple in "Gossip Girl" (2007). See more »

Goofs

Though set in Dutchess County, NY, most of the locations shown are actually in neighboring Ulster County, NY (e.g. the liquor store is in Kingston, NY - the high school is Onteora Jr/Sr High in Boiceville, NY) See more »

Quotes

Wayne: Why do you want to get out early anyway? What are you going to do with yourself?
Sebastian Cole: Well, get a haircut, pay taxes, die.
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Alternate Versions

UK versions are cut by 1m 23s to remove a scene of instructional drug taking. See more »

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References Enter the Dragon (1973) See more »

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Banana in My Cabana (I Wanna Put My)
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written and directed well
30 October 2001 | by dreaming2001See all my reviews

The film is criticized for not going anywhere, but I think this is because some critics can't handle a storyline that doesn't have an action-based, simplified plot. The story is coherent and flows well. There is no wasted time - small moments are significant. The visual symbolism (such as the arrow that falls between Sebastian and Mary) is fantastic, as is the dialogue. There is no empty imagery.

Many films rely too much of the visual element. The writing was great, and so was the camera work. And the acting. Bravo to the whole crew.

I hope that Tod Williams is in it for the long haul and writes _and_ directs more work of his own, and soon. If someone out there knows him and thinks he needs an ego boost on a bad day, please pass this along.


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