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Earthly Possessions (1999)

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A bored wife, who is planning to run away from her minister husband, is taken hostage in a bank robbery. However, she sees the thrill in being involved in the chase and becomes an ... See full summary »

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James Lapine

Writers:

Anne Tyler (book), Steven Rogers (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Sarandon ... Charlotte Emory
Phoebe Lapine Phoebe Lapine ... Cheerleader #1
Anna Rose Menken Anna Rose Menken ... Cheerleader #2 (as Anna Manken)
Marge Redmond ... Old Woman In Bank
Danielle Ferland Danielle Ferland ... Baby Whitehead
Stephen Dorff ... Jake Simms, Jr.
Marialisa Costanzo Marialisa Costanzo ... Screaming Woman
William Hill ... Bank Guard
Brenda Currin ... Street Witness
Margo Martindale ... Libby
Julyana Soelistyo Julyana Soelistyo ... Sour Waitress
Tak Wah Eng Tak Wah Eng ... Bartender
Boyd Gaines ... Announcer
Deborah Rush ... Heidi Anderson
John Christopher Jones John Christopher Jones ... Marvel Hodge
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A bored wife, who is planning to run away from her minister husband, is taken hostage in a bank robbery. However, she sees the thrill in being involved in the chase and becomes an accomplice to helping the younger robber escape his pursuers. As things progress, she learns he pulled the robbery to get enough money to help his pregnant girlfriend leave a home for unwed mothers. The two have a brief flirtation, but it is clear the housewife just needs something to enliven her life. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Charlotte wasn't looking to meet Jake. And Jake wasn't looking to take a hostage. Some people should look where they're going.

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Destino fatale See more »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Rastar Pictures See more »
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Color
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The film was shot entirely on location in the New York/New Jersey area at the request of star Susan Sarandon due to her well-known and publicized policy of filming projects close to home during the school year in order to be close to her children and not to disrupt their routine. See more »

Quotes

Jake: You're gonna move over, and you're gonna steer the fuckin' car!
Charlotte: Okay.
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Roy
Written by Jim Finklea
Performed by Gringo
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Interesting use of Susan Sarandon
22 January 2006 | by RtsloisSee all my reviews

When I think of Susan Sarandin I think of a hip, sexy, woman with no reserves about anything. It was really interesting to see her play a character so totally opposite. In this she is a virtual recluse in a town she has never left since girlhood, a non-Christian married to a Minister! On the day she plans to take her money from the bank and run she is taken hostage by(Jake) played by actor Stephen Dorff,a very appealing guy! .

Here is Susan, dressed as a frump ,trapped and in tow, by a confused and possibly dangerous handsome guy fresh out of prison. Their interaction and eventual meshing of opposites is FUN to experience in their day by day relationship. The situations are sometimes heartfelt, or sexy, or scary!

By the end, we see Susan as we all know Susan,dressed in red boots and a mini -skirt.

All the time through the film, Stephen Dorff's inner violence ,just under his calmer surface, smolders. What is he capable of? Is he mellow? Or a tiger?

There is a surprise "almost end" (I thought it was the end,) to the film that blows your mind, and it positively shocked me.

You need to see this movie. Maybe you can find it on eBay or Half.com. I hope so. I think you will enjoy it .


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