Professional motorcycle racer Bud Clay heads from New Hampshire to California to race again. Along the way he meets various needy women who provide him with the cure to his own loneliness, but only a certain woman from his past will truly satisfy him.


Vincent Gallo


Vincent Gallo
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Complete credited cast:
Vincent Gallo ... Bud Clay
Chloë Sevigny ... Daisy (as Chloe Sevigny)
Cheryl Tiegs ... Lilly
Elizabeth Blake Elizabeth Blake ... Rose
Anna Vareschi Anna Vareschi ... Violet
Mary Morasky Mary Morasky ... Mrs. Lemon
Jeffrey Wood Jeffrey Wood ... Featured Racer
Eric Wood Eric Wood ... Featured Racer
Michael Martire Michael Martire ... Featured Racer
Rick Doucette Rick Doucette ... Featured Racer
Jim Lester Jim Lester ... Featured Racer
Michael Niksa Michael Niksa ... Featured Racer


After racing in New Hampshire, the lonely motorcycle racer Bud Clay drives his van in a five-day journey to California for the next race. Along his trip, he meets fan, lonely women, prostitutes, but he leaves them since he is actually looking for the woman he loves, Daisy. He goes to her house and leaves a note telling where he is lodged. Out of the blue, Daisy appears in his hotel room and soon he learns why he cannot find her. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The film was shot in 16 mm and then blown up in 35 mm, which gives the photography a typical "old-school grain". See more »


In the first shot that clearly shows Lilly at the rest area, she uncrosses her legs & then re-crosses them, right-over-left. In the next shot they are left-over-right, then another cut shows them right-over-left again. See more »


[first lines]
[Bud walks up to a young woman, working behind the counter in a gas station store]
Bud Clay: Hi.
Violet: Hello... Did you just come from the race track?
Bud Clay: Mmhm.
Violet: Did you win?
Bud Clay: No.
Violet: Oh.
Bud Clay: How much is this?
Violet: $2... Will you be racing again?
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Alternate Versions

Since its world premiere at Cannes the movie has been re-edited although the sex scenes remain intact. The version that premiered theatrically in the US is 26 minutes shorter than the Cannes cut. See more »


Referenced in Brows Held High: Me and You and Everyone We Know (2011) See more »


Milk and Honey
Written and Performed by Jackson C. Frank
Courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group
Published by Maxwood Music, Ltd.
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Tapestry of Sadness
15 September 2004 | by maratspolanSee all my reviews

The Brown Bunny, Vincent Gallo's latest travelogue of sorrow, charts the journey of the sort of disenchanted hero one comes across in the obituary page of their local paper. America, as seen through the window of Gallo's hollow black van, merges into a singular one-story wasteland of Main Streets lined with reds, whites and blues. Here, where many entertainment-seeking viewers will have long left the theater, one suddenly realizes that Gallo's is not a simple indie flick; but instead, a floating canvas able to tap into a higher meditative consciousness within the viewer. By creating a film of singular vision perhaps only attainable by doing what few directors have the tenacity or perseverance to undertake, Gallo has achieved what has eluded many an 'independent' director: a film created almost solely by the director. Gallo's characters are ethereal spirits cast upon a harsh, unfriendly world. Chloë Sevigny, in yet another hypnotic role as Daisy, redefines the modern insistence on two-dimensional antagonists. For Bud, Gallo playing the sort of brooding innocent Marlon Brando once jarred audiences with, the American tapestry becomes a home movie of the banality of human existence. Cheryl Tiegs, the popular Seventies model, makes an unexpected cinematic comeback, delivering a beautifully poetic performance as a lonely woman in a nowhere rest stop. In a sterile, white motel room, Gallo's film culminates with a scene of erotic abandon. Yet here again, the Audience, as an extension of Bud's own painful emptiness, will find no release. The arid lovemaking of this star-crossed couple, in a room lit like an operating room before a lobotomy, appears so natural that at its' heart could only be the sheer necessity of moral and emotional collapse seeking salvation. To see The Brown Bunny requires the sort of patience and reverence reserved for museums and galleries. For those few who choose, it can open the heart and the soul as only a masterpiece can.

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Release Date:

14 November 2003 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

The Brown Bunny See more »

Filming Locations:

New Hampshire, USA See more »


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,601, 29 August 2004

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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