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By Hook or by Crook (2001)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 17 June 2001 (USA)
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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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated
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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

Gross USA:

$1,802

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,802
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Color
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Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

The film is "dedicated to Kovic." (Kris), who also plays the part of the "old man in park." See more »

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Featured in Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (2006) See more »

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Out Of The Dark
Written by Jason Mason
Performed by Whiskey Biscuit
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One of a kind
13 November 2004 | by fagboibugSee all my reviews

I find this piece amazing, one of the few portrayals of butch identity in film. It's a buddy story really, mixed a lil with road movie and a dash of coming of age story. The writer/director/actor team of Howard and Dodge prove their versatility and strength by bringing characters to life that are so marginalized out in the world. Also a great performance by Stanya Kahn as Billie: an awesome Fem character that deserves a whole movie of her own. Visually, this is one of the better digital films you will see from 2001. The soundtrack kicks. "A man's journey is but the search for the first great images that gained access to his heart."

One of a kind, highly recommended.


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