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Tape (2001)

R | | Drama | 12 July 2002 (Denmark)
Three old high school friends meet in a Michigan motel room to dissect painful memories from their past.

Director:

Richard Linklater

Writers:

Stephen Belber (screenplay), Stephen Belber (play)

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ethan Hawke ... Vin
Robert Sean Leonard ... Jon
Uma Thurman ... Amy
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Storyline

Twenty-eight year olds Jon and Vince, friends from high school, meet in Vince's seedy motel room in Lansing, Michigan. Jon had invited Vince to town from his current residence of Oakland to help celebrate the fact of his latest movie, independently shot, having a screening at the local film festival the following day, the first public screening of one of his movies. While Jon seems to have grown up in having this career path and a nice room in an upscale hotel provided by the festival, Vince, who, in preparing for the evening has already had a few beer by the time Jon arrives, hasn't, he who deals drugs for a living with no change on the horizon, and his girlfriend, who was supposed to accompany him to Lansing, having broken up with him, indirectly because of his immaturity. This divergence quickly becomes an issue of contention between the two. But as Vince's behavior is seemingly more and more substance affected, he having broken out the weed and coke, his intention with Jon may be ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Some things can't be erased

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and drug content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 2002 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Amargo Reencontro See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,424, 4 November 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$490,475, 16 December 2001
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ethan Hawke is connected to all the actors and the director. Hawke and Robert Sean Leonard were co-stars in Dead Poets Society (1989), Hawke and Uma Thurman were previously in Gattaca (1997) and they were married at the time, on top of all that, Hawke later worked with director Richard Linklater on his 12 year project, Boyhood (2014) and worked with him on the "Before" Trilogy See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie, Vince is drinking in front of the bathroom mirror, and a camera and cameraman are reflected in the mirror. See more »

Quotes

Amy: People change. They end up having nothing to say to each other even if they were best friends years before.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits move across the screen in the motions of tape inside a playing cassette. See more »


Soundtracks

I'm Sorry
Performed by Brenda Lee
Written by Ronnie Self and Dub Allbritten
Published by Universal Champion Music
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
[Played during end credits]
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A gem
18 August 2003 | by spazzissimoSee all my reviews

Tape is a really smart movie. It debats the ideas of principles and perceptions as your own perception is constantly changed as the story (or should I say dialogue) unfolds. This movie is filled with layers just like it's characters (Ethan Hawk is incredibly funny b-t-w)and the ending adds a superb twist. Don't worry about the somewhat overly artsy camera angles in the beginning, you get used to it (and even start to enjoy it).


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