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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 the "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 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 Ann Walker ... LaVonda DuPree
Mary Margaret Lewis 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 the funeral of the mother. Among the characters are the grandson trying to find his identity in West Hollywood, the son who has spent the past twenty-three years dressed as Tammy Wynette, the sister and her best friend (who live in delightfully kitschy homes), and the two daughters (one strait-laced and one quite a bit looser). Written by Randall Gellens <imdb+add@randy.pensive.org>

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Taglines:

A black comedy about white trash. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nedza zywota See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,167, 13 May 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,111,273
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

This film contains many of the original actors from the long running stage-production, with the actors who originated the Bonnie Bedelia and Beau Bridges roles (Mary Margaret Lewis and Mitch Carter) playing the receptionist Ethel and security guard in the mental institution. See more »

Goofs

When Latrelle arrives at Sissy's house, her shoes are white. She climbs onto a chair to check the air vent and her shoes are black. The white shoes reappear in the following scene. See more »

Quotes

Brother Boy: Ohhhkaayyyyyyy
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Crazy Credits

After all the credits, Grandma Peggy asks "Where'd everyone go?" See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Pink Flamingos (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Sordid Lives
Written by Margot Rose and Beverly Nero
Performed by Olivia Newton-John
Arranged by Olivia Newton-John
Courtesy of Varese Serabande
Under license from Sordid Lives LLC
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Best-kept secret in filmdom?
9 April 2002 | by dawolochSee all my reviews

We found out about "Sordid Lives" earlier this year while visiting Palm Springs, where it had been playing for many weeks (maybe it still is...?)

We loved it! I'm not a film reviewer, and the only reason for this note is to wonder out loud why film has not been released on video. Could it be because it's still packing 'em in (in very select theaters and festivals) or because the distributor doesn't think the video will sell?

And it's not just a "gay" movie, even though there are a lot of gay issues presented. There are all kinds of issues--social, cultural, regional, economic, alcoholic, disability---you name it. The cast is superb. As for its "Politically Incorrectness?" Take this up with Bill Maher....

dw


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