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Urbania (2000)

R | | Drama | 9 August 2001 (Israel)
A tour of The Anger Stage.

Director:

Jon Shear

Writers:

Daniel Reitz (play), Daniel Reitz (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dan Futterman ... Charlie
Sam Ball ... Dean (as Samuel Ball)
Lothaire Bluteau ... Bill
Alan Cumming ... Brett
Josh Hamilton ... Matt
Matt Keeslar ... Chris
James Simon ... Sam
Megan Dodds ... Deedee
Gabriel Olds ... Ron
Barbara Sukowa ... Clara - The Married Woman
Gerry Bamman ... Don
Scott Denny Scott Denny ... Ken
Pamela Shaw ... Judy - The Photo Lady
David Wheir David Wheir ... Gary
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christopher Bradley ... Efraim - The Window Couple
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Storyline

Charlie takes an odyssey through grief during a fall weekend in New York City. His encounters are planned and chance: with a homeless man who sleeps by his building, with a friend who's dying, with the couple who lives (and noisily loves) in the flat above him, with a bartender and a one-night-stand he follows home, and with a tattooed stranger whom he seeks out and befriends. Along the way, Charlie inhabits a city full of moments of violence and of stories and legends: a kidney thief, a microwaved poodle, a rat in a hot dog bun, a baby left on a car top, a tourist's toothbrush, needles in public-phone change slots. Charlie lives and tells his own stories. What caused his melancholy? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violent and sexual content, including related dialogue, and for language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 2001 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Urban Folk Tales See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$225,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$72,129, 17 September 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,032,075
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When Matt is describing his encounter with Clara, she eats the cherry the moment he gives her the drink, but in subsequent shots, the cherry is still floating on the surface of the drink. See more »

Quotes

Charlie: Distract me, man. Take me out of my own head for two minutes.
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References Women in Love (1969) See more »

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Powerful drama is a genuine cathartic experience
27 January 2000 | by FargoUTSee all my reviews

"Urbania" is a film that deals with tough issues in a complex way. Directed by first-timer Jon Shear with amazing surehandedness, "Urbania" tells the story of recently-singled Charlie, who has seemingly become disillusioned from society. Shear's script, based on the play "Urban Folk Tales," is a sharp and occasionally hilarious look at a gay man's search for redemption and love. Obsessed with a man he's only seen on the street, Charlie wanders the streets, looking for love, and hoping to rekindle his past relationship. It's a simple story, dealing with some hard issues in a non-linear way.

Dan Futterman is heartbreaking in a very challenging role that requires him to gain our sympathy in spite of his problems. On top of it all, however, is Shear, who handles this material with affection and heart. His direction manages to be moody, atmospheric, suspenseful, and scary, all the while maintaining our sympathy for Charlie. Thankfully, just as the film gets too serious for its own good, Shear throws in numerous asides to urban folk tales and reenacts them. It's very funny, but in the end, it's as cathartic a film as you will see all year. Do yourself a favor and catch this emotionally-haunting film but remember: bring tissues. You'll need 'em.


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