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Credited cast:
Susan Reno Susan Reno ... Mrs. Buckley
Kristian Monday Kristian Monday ... Terry
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brett Beardslee Brett Beardslee ... Phil Buckley
John Campana John Campana ... Max
Timothy 'TJ' James Driscoll Timothy 'TJ' James Driscoll ... Dean
Scott Ford Scott Ford ... Tim
Michael Dean Jacobs ... The M.C.
Michael McReynolds Michael McReynolds ... Street Musician (as Michael Mcreynolds)
Lisa Records Lisa Records ... Lorraine Dempsey
Robert Joseph Reid Robert Joseph Reid ... Dan Buckley
Mike Roemer Mike Roemer ... Mr. Dempsey
Mark Sawicki Mark Sawicki ... Mr. Buckley
Gwen Somers Gwen Somers ... Mrs. Dempsey
Jason Kyle Webb Jason Kyle Webb ... Moustapha Hakim
David Zink David Zink ... Bobby Lee Baker
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Becker Films

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USA

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English

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$350,000 (estimated)
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a wonderful, unseen film
21 November 2006 | by stobin31See all my reviews

It is a down right shame that this, easily the best film by it's notoriously outspoken director, has still not found a means of distribution (outside of being up in 13 parts on you tube...not an ideal way to enjoy it's beautiful production value).

What I enjoy so much about this film is how different it is, both technically and aesthetically from the regular indie style most are accustomed to. There's no improvisation in a Becker film and while that's worked for some (Cassavetes, Jost, Leigh, etc.) most of the time it can come dangerously close to falling flat for an audience. Becker works like a poor man's Billy Wilder, filling his films with doses of humor, believable dialog, high production standards and perfectly structured scripts. This film, a not so sly jab at the dumbing down of art/music/film (entertainment in general) is a joy, shot on gorgeous 35mm with a wonderful cast of unknowns (probably the big reason for it's non-secured distribution status). It may not be a work of genius, but it's at least saying something. What was the last thing on the mind of Tarantino or Rodriguez?

Well worth the effort of seeking out.


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