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Sugar Town (1999)

Unimpassioned look at the lives of struggling L.A. scene rock stars follows main character, Gwen, on her quest for the top. Working as an assistant to a film production designer, she tries ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jade Gordon ... Gwen
John Taylor ... Clive
Michael Des Barres ... Nick
Martin Kemp ... Jonesy
Larry Klein Larry Klein ... Burt
John Doe ... Carl
Lucinda Jenney ... Kate
Marion Moseley ... In Utero Baby
Veronica Nommenson Veronica Nommenson ... Violet
Elena Nommensen Elena Nommensen ... Rose
Amelia Nommenson Amelia Nommenson ... Daisy
Ally Sheedy ... Liz
Nicholas Walker ... Masseuse
Rosanna Arquette ... Eva
Jeffrey McDonald Jeffrey McDonald ... Kevin (as Jeff McDonald)
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Unimpassioned look at the lives of struggling L.A. scene rock stars follows main character, Gwen, on her quest for the top. Working as an assistant to a film production designer, she tries to steal her boy friend who is a music producer by offering sexual favors. The producer meanwhile is trying to orchestrate a comeback for a former glam band played by Michael Des Barres (of Power Station fame), John Taylor (from Duran Duran), and Martin Kemp (from Spandau Ballet). Rosanna Arquette plays the former movie star wife of the lead singer, who is fretting because she has just been offered the role as the mother of one of the new ingenious. Beverly D'Angelo also shows up as a millionairess who agrees to bankroll the group, but only if she gets a roll in the hay with the lead singer. All of the career problems, including drug proclivity, are represented in this film. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, some drug content and sexuality | See all certifications »
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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Anders-Voss Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,668, 19 September 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$177,840, 14 November 1999
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The groupies for John Taylor's character "Clive" were real John Taylor fans recruited by Allison Anders from John's website. See more »


Soundtracks

In the Garden of Earthly Delights
Written by Michael Cudahy and Liz Cox (as Lily Banquette)
Performed by Combustible Edison
Published by Combustible Edison, Ltd. (BMI)
Courtesy of Sub Pop Records
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It's good, it's funny, it's cute, it's cool.
1 March 1999 | by kelly-51See all my reviews

I loved it. It's a good movie. Very Allison Anders-y (if you've seen any of her other films, you know she has a distinct style). Little stories told in parallel, sometimes intersecting, sometimes not. There is no Grand Plot, no apocalyptic scene...just characters, people, doing their thing. Kept my interest completely (yes, even in scenes that didn't include John Taylor *wink*) from start to finish, and I refuse to divulge any critical details, because the movie's better if you go into it not knowing too much.

WILL, however, say a few things:

* JT is _really_ good in it! Who knew he'd be such a good actor? Yes, he's playing himself, basically, but still. He does a _great_ job. *Proud Johnfan Moment* :)

* Michael Des Barres is, as usual, delightful and hilarious.

* Martin Kemp employs a kickass Cockney accent (but then, he IS on EastEnders nowadays, and is also quite good.

(who knew these musicians could act?!!)

* The woman who played Tita in the movie "Like Water For Chocolate" is in Sugar Town.

* Allison used real Duranies to play fans in the movie, bless her. One, Alyse, even uses her real name when 'Clive' (played by John) signs an autograph for her.

* some of the dialogue is unintentionally hysterical, because it SO parallels the real lives of the actors-- e.g. Clive remarks to his bandmates that they were all in "seminal bands [of the 80s]", and it is also mentioned later in the film that "in the early 80s, our singer landed no fewer than 42 magazine covers in _one year_...", prompting giggles from me and surely any other fan of 80s pop bands.

What's it ABOUT??? I'm not telling. Surprise is good.

The best line in the movie is Clive's:

"Because on that tour I made a point...of only getting blow jobs."

(he's denying that he had sex with a fan)

(I howled)

K. -- kellygirl


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