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Sordid Lives (2000)

R | | Comedy, Romance | 11 May 2001 (USA)
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As three generations of a family in a small Texas town gather for a funeral, we learn the hilarious, sad, trashy truth of their "Sordid Lives."

Director:

Del Shores

Writers:

Del Shores (play), Del Shores (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Olivia Newton-John ... Bitsy Mae Harling
Kirk Geiger ... Ty Williamson
Sarah Hunley ... Juanita Bartlett
Newell Alexander ... Wardell 'Bubba' Owens
Beau Bridges ... G.W. Nethercott
Earl Houston Bullock Earl Houston Bullock ... Odell Owens (as Earl H. Bullock)
Beth Grant ... Sissy Hickey
Delta Burke ... Noleta Nethercott
Leslie Jordan ... Earl 'Brother Boy' Ingram
Mitch Carter ... Bumper
Bonnie Bedelia ... Latrelle Williamson
Sharron Alexis ... Sara Kaufman
Ann Walker ... LaVonda DuPree
Mary Margaret Lewis ... Ethel (as Mary-Margaret Lewis)
Rosemary Alexander ... Dr. Eve Bolinger
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Storyline

We become intimate with the "Sordid Lives" of a family in a small Texas town preparing for their mother's funeral. Among the characters are the grandson trying to find his identity in West Hollywood, the son who has spent the past 23 years dressed as Tammy Wynette, the sister and her best friend who live in delightfully kitschy homes, and the two daughters--one strait-laced, the other quite a bit looser. Written by Randall Gellens <imdb+add@randy.pensive.org>

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They're all connected... whether they like it or not! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The character of Juanita does not appear in the original play. She proved so popular in the film, however, that Del Shores wrote alternate versions of scene 2 and 4 for theaters that wanted to include her. See more »

Goofs

During Brother Boy's therapy session, his fingernails are dark red. Immediately following the session, he performs as Tammy Wynette, and his fingernails are now pale pink. See more »

Quotes

Brother Boy: Ohhhkaayyyyyyy
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Crazy Credits

The featured cast sings a karaoke type song at the beginning of the final credits. This is frequently interrupted by Juanita making inane comments. See more »

Connections

References Thelma & Louise (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Will The Circle Be Unbroken
Written by Ada R. Habershon and Charles Gabriel, often attributed to A.P. Carter
Arranged by Olivia Newton-John and George S. Clinton
Performed by Olivia Newton-John
Published by 'APRS (BMI)
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Tryin' fer Tolerance in Texas
10 June 2002 | by Rogue-32See all my reviews

Sordid Lives is the screen adaptation of Del Shores' play, and it's a hoot (and a holler) from beginning to end. When I saw it last night, I had no idea what it would be about except that Olivia Newton-John was in it, along with Beau Bridges and Bonnie Bedelia, which was more than enough to get me in the theatre. I was not disappointed. The film starts out over the top and goes only farther in that direction with every scene. It's got a wacked-out cartoon tone to it, but yet the characters ARE real, you do relate to their foibles and situations. The most fully-realized character in the piece has to be Leslie Jordan's cross-dressing Brother Boy, who makes you laugh every time he appears - you are laughing WITH him, though, not AT him, and by the end you are happy for him as well. In the wrong hands, this movie could have been a travesty of major proportions, but Del Shores (who wrote and directed) is confident enough in the value of the piece to make it work.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 2001 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Gross USA:

$1,111,273

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,111,273
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Dolby

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Color
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