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The Sleepy Time Gal (2001)

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A young woman, played by Martha Plimpton learns of her adoption and eventually quits her law firm job in NYC and goes on a journey to find her birth mother - played by Jaqueline Bissett.

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Christopher Munch

Writers:

Christopher Munch, Alice Elliott Dark (excerpts from Betty's book written by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacqueline Bisset ... Frances
Martha Plimpton ... Rebecca
Nick Stahl ... Morgan
Amy Madigan ... Maggie
Frankie Faison ... Jimmy Dupree (as Frankie R. Faison)
Carmen Zapata Carmen Zapata ... Anna
Peggy Gormley ... Betty
Seymour Cassel ... Bob
Molly Price ... Rebecca's Colleague
Kate McGregor-Stewart ... Miriam
Clara Bellar Clara Bellar ... Mushroom Girl
Justin Theroux ... Rebecca's Boyfriend
Mark Tymchyshyn ... Larry Mosher
Anibal O. Lleras ... Mr. Vega
Phyllis Somerville ... Rebecca's Adoptive Mother
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Storyline

Frances had been a radio DJ in Florida; she's now living in San Francisco and dying of cancer, with one son living nearby whose work as a photographer is beginning to take off and another, mostly estranged, living in London. She makes a trip to rural Pennsylvania to visit an old lover (and his wife). Meanwhile, Rebecca is searching for her birth mother, who is, of course, Frances. Their lives intersect in other unexpected ways as her search and her work, inspecting the books of radio stations being acquired, progress. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief nudity and language
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Backwards Looks, Far Corners See more »

Filming Locations:

Daytona Beach, Florida, USA See more »

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Stereo

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1.85 : 1
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Carmen Zapata's last film. See more »

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Suite For Unaccompanied Cello #5
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Lou Ellin
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Jacqueline Bisset Gives the Performance of Her Life in an Extraordinary Film
3 April 2002 | by sdiner82See all my reviews

Forget about Sissy Spacek and Halle Berry. If "The Sleepy Time Gal" had been released theatrically in 2001 (and the fact that no distributor picked it up is a tragic commentary on the state of today's film scene), the glorious Jacqueline Bisset would have been awarded the Best Actress Oscar at last week's dismal ceremony. Long-acclaimed for her dazzling beauty ("The Deep," "Class," etc.), but sadly overlooked for her impeccable acting abilities (was everyone dozing when she gave breathtaking performances of subtlety and nuance in "Under the Volcano," "Rich and Famous," "High Season," "Le Ceremonie," etc.), Ms. Bisset's portrayal of a woman trying to put her life in order when she is told she has terminal cancer is one of the finest performances ever committed to celluloid. Independently produced on a low-budget, "Sleepy Time Gal" is exactly the type of superior filmmaking so rare these days, and the fact that it was sold to the Sundance Channel (where it premiered on March 29, 2002) instead of being theatrically distributed to art-houses whose discerning patrons crave exactly this type of subtle, intelligent, exquisite jewel of a film) is a tragedy. Christopher Munch's direction/screenplay are sublime. In supporting roles, Amy Madigan, Seymour Cassell, Nick Stahl, and Martha Plimpton give performances of astonishing intelligence and warmth. As does Jacqueline Bisset, probably the finest and most underrated (as well as achingly beautiful) actress of all time. Ms. Bisset's performance, heartfelt, honest, totally devoid of histrionics, is truly to be cherished! As is "The Sleepy Time Gal."


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