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Camp (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Musical, Drama | 29 August 2003 (USA)
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After a series of Broadway flops, songwriter Bert Hanley (Dixon) goes to work at a musical camp for young performers. Inspired by the kids, he finds an opportunity to regain success by staging an altogether new production.

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Todd Graff

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Todd Graff
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Letterle ... Vlad
Joanna Chilcoat Joanna Chilcoat ... Ellen
Robin de Jesus ... Michael (as Robin De Jesus)
Steven Cutts Steven Cutts ... Shaun
Vince Rimoldi ... Spitzer
Kahiry Bess ... Petie
Tiffany Taylor Tiffany Taylor ... Jenna
Sasha Allen ... Dee
Alana Allen ... Jill
Anna Kendrick ... Fritzi
Don Dixon Don Dixon ... Bert
Robert Orosco Robert Orosco ... Emil
Stephen DiMenna Stephen DiMenna ... Glen
Omar Edwards Omar Edwards ... Alston
Camilla Millican Samuelson Camilla Millican Samuelson ... Hillary
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Storyline

Misfits in their lives back home, a group of young people live it up at musical-theater camp. While the sports counselor is completely ignored, the kids' spend all their time in rehearsal for a grueling schedule that involves a new show every two weeks. Several personal stories come to the fore. Is talented golden-boy Vlad honest in his feelings about Ellen? Can cross-dressing Michael have a relationship with his parents? Will one-hit-wonder musical playwrite and now camp counselor Bert Hanley remain mired in drink and cynicism? Fireworks are in store when Fritzi, who slavishly serves glamour girl Jill, is finally told to get a life, and the parents of Jenna, whose jaw has been wired shut in a compromise to avoid being sent to "fat camp", learn a valuable lesson at the summer's big end-of-season benefit. Written by Martin Lewison <dr@martinlewison.com>

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You can't fit in when you already stand out. See more »

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Comedy | Musical | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements regarding teen sexual issues, and some language | See all certifications »

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During a 2016 interview with Terry Gross on the National Public Radio program "Fresh Air," Anna Kendrick said that when she performed "Ladies Who Lunch" for this movie at 16, she had never seen "Company," the musical from which it comes. But she had seen the song's original performer, Elaine Stritch, sing the song three years earlier when both Kendrick and Stritch had been performers in a Broadway revue at Carnegie Hall called "My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies." About the experience of being in the same rehearsal and performance space as Broadway legend Elaine Stritch at just 13 years old, Kendrick said, "she did walk around in just a man's shirt and tights, which, you know, was a dream come true to watch her in action actually doing that.....to have seen how unapologetic she was off stage as well, that was very inspirational for that moment in my - in my teen performance of that song. ....she kind of threw herself around and, you know, any room she entered she just announced what it was that she needed. I mean, we - you know, we were doing a performance. It wasn't like we were hanging out at dinner, and she just came in and was like, somebody get me some bread. But she was - I don't know - she just seemed like very comfortable with the fact that she was a living legend. I mean that in the absolute best way." See more »

Goofs

When Ellen and Vlad are making out after dancing when Vlad kisses her he leans to the left. In the next shot their heads are tilted to the right See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[scene opens on Dee, Shaun and Company singing "How Shall I See You Through My Tears"]
[as singing continues, scene shifts to Vlad in his bedroom]
Vlad: To all the critics out there, I know they're gonna review this, and I know they're gonna try to knock me - is it OK if I say this to the camera, Amber? - Okay. I only am who I am 'cause I was born that way. I have a gift, and I'm trying not to be selfish about it, but to use it. Okay? If you're gonna knock me for that, that's your problem....
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Midway through the credits, Fritzi and Patrick are shown playing Martha and George in an adaptation of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" See more »

Connections

Referenced in Another Gay Movie (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Desire
Written by Tristan Avakian, Sam Slavick, Sterling Campbell and John Naslas
Published by Copyright Control
Performed by The Pedantics
Courtesy of The Pedantics
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Thanks Todd Graff
29 July 2003 | by Allen-27See all my reviews

Does Stephen Trask (HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH) ever write a note of bad music?

This is a wonderful movie. Admittedly, the pace is not perfection. But the music is great, the jokes are funny and most importantly it portrays a specific milieu. And movies that bring the audience into a milieu they might not know exists are almost always interesting. I've seen this movie once and I'll see it again.

Ignore the critics who want to tell you what the movie isn't and what it should be. They'll only keep you from enjoying a good movie. Todd Graff has something to say. This is his movie and it works. One magazine reviewer noted that the kids in this movie emerge as full-blown professionals. Well -- they are! Most of these kids have never done anything before. That's part of what is being said here. There's all this talent that no one has ever seen. There are kids who are this good. Todd Graff found them.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 August 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Seattle, Washington, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,294, 27 July 2003

Gross USA:

$1,629,862

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,707,738
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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