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By Hook or by Crook (2001)

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By Hook or by Crook chronicles the tale of two unlikely friends who commit petty crimes as they search for a path to understanding themselves and the outside world. Silas Howard plays Shy (... See full summary »

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Harry Dodge (as Harriet Dodge), Silas Howard

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Cast

Credited cast:
Silas Howard ... Shy
Harry Dodge Harry Dodge ... Valentine
Stanya Kahn Stanya Kahn ... Billie
Carina Gia Carina Gia ... Isabelle
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Cotner ... Attacker
Joan Jett ... News Interviewee
Kris Kovic Kris Kovic ... Crazy Nut in Park
Maia Lorian ... Parasol Girl
Tina Marie Murray ... Ms. Red
Aldo Pisano Aldo Pisano ... Driver
Nancy Stone ... Waitress
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By Hook or by Crook chronicles the tale of two unlikely friends who commit petty crimes as they search for a path to understanding themselves and the outside world. Silas Howard plays Shy (a transgender man), who leaves his small town after the death of his father, and heads to the big city to live a life of crime. Along the way, he encounters Valentine, a quirky adoptee, in search of his birth mother. An immediate kinship is sparked between these men and they become partners in crime. Suffering money troubles, emotional problems, and physical confrontations, the duo face their issues head on and learn to trust each other and support each other in pursuit of their goals. Written by azr

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 2001 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,802, 27 October 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,802, 27 October 2002
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Kid: Are you a girl or a boy?
Shy: Both.
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The film is "dedicated to Kovic." (Kris), who also plays the part of the "old man in park." See more »

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Ode To Caroline
Written by Corner Tour
Performed by Corner Tour
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A delightful challenge to gender stereotypes
14 November 2004 | by benrobinSee all my reviews

I loved this movie from the opening sequence right through to the end. I found the director/ actor's style of directly addressing me/the audience very engaging.

What I found most exciting and refreshing about this movie was its ignoring -- and thus challenging -- of gender and class stereotypes. The idiosyncrasies of the characters are portrayed as strengths, and the absence of judgment -- and the characters' acceptance of themselves and each other -- enabled me to embrace them and allow myself to be drawn into their world. Without preaching, and with intelligence and gentle and loving humor, this movie has the power to open us to new possibilities, and offers hope for a world in which people see and accept each other as unique and precious individuals. I look forward to more offerings from this creative and talented director.


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