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Hysterical Blindness (2002)

TV-MA | | Drama | TV Movie 21 August 2002
Two friends lament their unhappy single lives while searching for Mr. Right in 1980s New Jersey.

Director:

Mira Nair

Writers:

Laura Cahill (play), Laura Cahill (teleplay)
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Uma Thurman ... Debby Miller
Gena Rowlands ... Virginia Miller
Juliette Lewis ... Beth
Justin Chambers ... Rick
Ben Gazzara ... Nick
Anthony DeSando ... Bobby (as Anthony De Sando)
Jolie Peters ... Amber Autumn
Callie Thorne ... Carolann
Lisa Altomare Lisa Altomare ... Dora
Laura Cahill Laura Cahill ... Tonya
Johann Carlo ... Susan
Alex Draper ... Michael
Russell Gibson Russell Gibson ... Diner Customer
Jayne Haynes Jayne Haynes ... Annie
Susan Isaacs ... Theresa
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Storyline

In this bittersweet slice of working class single New Jersey life, best friends Debby and Beth (both pushing thirty) go looking for love in the wrong place - namely their favorite bar, Oliver's. Rugged contractor Rick eyes Beth but ends up going home with the more assertive Debby. Beth's style is further cramped by the responsibilities of single motherhood. As Debby tries to parlay what was essentially a casual fling into possible marriage with an indifferent Rick, her mother Virginia wonders if her affair with widower Nick is the real thing. Rounding out the romantic possibilities is Bobby, the bartender who flirts with Beth. The women clash as plans go awry, tragedy strikes, and hearts get broken. In the end, Debby, Beth, and Virginia find, if not the relationships of their dreams, peace with each other and within themselves. Written by Schleppy

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In the 80's, they said love was a battlefield...they were right.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Trivia

During filming at the Bar exterior, a freight train rumbled right through the set, shutting down filming for several minutes and igniting a reflective light screen, which had been blown onto a light by the wind from the passing train. See more »

Goofs

At about 1 hour 10 minutes during Debbie's bedroom scene a hand holding the boom can be seen in the left side of the mirror. See more »

Quotes

Debby Miller: Beth!Why'd you have to congratulate her?
Beth: I don't know.She's a human being, isn't she?
Debby Miller: She's wearing pink shoes.
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Connections

Featured in The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2003) See more »

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Tunnel of Love
Written and performed by Bruce Springsteen
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Rowlands and Thurman are Excellent
20 June 2004 | by caspian1978See all my reviews

Hysterical Blindness starts where 1980's Gloria ended. Gena Rowlands is one of the most under-rated actresses in Hollywood. She is nothing less than terrific in this movie. Surprisingly, Uma Thurman is just as good. Most of her career has been dubbed as eye candy and a beautiful body with nothing else to offer. In the past few years, Uma has broke away from her earlier career to become a decent actor. Here, Uma gives her best performance. At time, Rowlands and Thurman make you want to switch the channel because their performances are too good. Moments of embarrassment and sadness over whelm you to believe that both characters are doomed to find happiness and to have fun with their lives. A somewhat happy ending, the movie identifies with the lives that these characters have. They are almost doomed from the very start of the film, but manages to find shreds of happiness to keep living. Somewhat of a Cassavetes depiction on human emotion, the movie falls under the category of yet another great film produced by HBO.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cegueira Histérica See more »

Filming Locations:

Bayonne, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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