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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 »


Harry Dodge (as Harriet Dodge), Silas Howard


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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


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







Release Date:

17 June 2001 (USA) See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,802, 27 October 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,802, 27 October 2002
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Valentine: Did you ever hear about those monks, who just walk around real slow and careful, and they're careful about everything, and they don't step on any bugs, and the main thing is that they don't hurt or kill anything their whole lives?
Shy: What's your point?
Valentine: Well... we're just hitting lots of bugs all the way along here.
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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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Great dialogue
9 November 2003 | by roger_hart01See all my reviews

This low budget digital video film has strengths in the right places--writing and acting. In addition the digital photography is the best of the lot so far. In low light conditions the characteristic video umber tone prevails but, surprising, it rivals film stock for brightness, clarity, and, saturation in brightly lit situations. This is grass roots film making at its best with snappy dialogue carrying a "Midnight Cowboy" kind of story about grifters doing whatever it takes to survive in urban San Francisco.

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