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Dear Wendy (2005)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 4 February 2005 (Denmark)
A young boy in a nameless, timeless American town establishes a gang of youthful misfits united in their love of guns and their code of honor.

Director:

Thomas Vinterberg

Writer:

Lars von Trier

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jamie Bell ... Dick Dandelion
Bill Pullman ... Krugsby
Michael Angarano ... Freddie
Danso Gordon ... Sebastian
Novella Nelson ... Clarabelle
Chris Owen ... Huey
Alison Pill ... Susan
Mark Webber ... Stevie
Trevor Cooper ... Dick's Dad
Matthew Géczy ... Young Officer
William Hootkins ... Marshall Walker
Teddy Kempner ... Mr. Salomon
Thomas Bo Larsen ... Customer
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Storyline

DEAR WENDY is a story about the young loner Dick who lives in the poor mining town of Estherslope. When he happens upon a small handgun one day, he finds himself strangely drawn to it, despite his fervent pacifist views. Together with his newfound partner he soon convinces the other young outcasts in the town to join him in a secret club he calls The Dandies. A club based on the principals of pacifism and guns. Despite their firm belief in the most important Dandy rule of all - never draw your weapons - they soon find themselves in a predicament where they realise that rules are made to be broken. Written by Distributionsselskabet

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One shot is all it takes.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

Denmark | France | Germany | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 2005 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Querida Wendy See more »

Filming Locations:

North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

DKK 50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£27,907 (United Kingdom), 7 August 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,222, 25 September 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$23,106, 5 March 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Director Nicolas Winding Refn stated in an interview with Mads Brügger on Den 11. time (2007), that Lars von Trier offered him the chance to direct this film, but he declined (6th September, 2007). According to Refn, it was largely because he felt von Trier was condescending to him and ignored his request of help in negotiating a deal so Refn could buy back the rights to the original "Pusher". Refn says he had told von Trier how important it was to him and was hurt when von Trier seemed to ignore his plea. See more »

Quotes

Dick Dandelion: The Regulations are, that the most important thing for a Dandy is never to show off his partner, whatever the provocation. We carry them as moral supports. And that's the most important thing. They may be carried, but never brandished. That would be the worst thing of all.
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Dick Dandelion: Not one of us were in doubt about the most important thing of all. The reason why our partners could only be fired in the darkness of the old mine and could never be exposed to full light ...
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Connections

References Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

The Way I Feel Inside
Written and Performed by The Zombies
Zombies Heaven, "Begin Here & Singles" (c)
Courtesy of Marquis Enterprises
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Lush and surprising
31 January 2005 | by nm-20See all my reviews

I went into this film extremely hesitant. I don't know Vinterberg well, but I do know there isn't much about Lars that I like at all. Top that with a subject matter that I'm rather sensitive about as well. But the film was beautifully filmed and the performances were enjoyable. I enjoyed all of it. I disagree with critics who say the film attacked America or had a heavy-hitting message in it. I think it's subtler than that. For me it was the big surprise of Sundance 05. Rich and fun. In the script, the characters were twice as old as those in the film, and I think Vinterberg made a wise choice in changing that. What is powerful in a teenager can look dorky in a 30-something.


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