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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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Taglines:

One shot is all it takes.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Both director Thomas Vinterberg and screenwriter Lars von Trier state that there is no hidden meaning or message against weapons in the film, and that the story is not meant as a political allegory against guns or America. 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.
[contiunes as voice-over narrative]
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 and...
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References Barry Lyndon (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

She's Not There
Written and Performed by The Zombies
Zombies Heaven, "Begin Here & Singles" (c)
Courtesy of Marquis Enterprises
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Eyes? Happy. Brain? Sad.
28 May 2006 | by imwithspazSee all my reviews

While the cinematography was very pleasing to the eyes and the young actors did a commendable job, the story itself leaves something to be desired. Though it starts out with an interesting concept, Dear Wendy winds its way into a ridiculous hole. The "twists" are random and unfounded, probably there for the sole reason of providing conflict. Also, the movie tends to be sluggish: watching for an hour feels like two or three. On the positive side, the young actors did a very good job (for the most part). At times dramatic pauses cause more laughter than thought, but that's difficult to avoid with the script. Eye-catching camera angles were used, along with some interesting techniques. To sum up, the director, cinematographer, and actors are probably usually amazing at their jobs; however, if they enjoy their careers they should stay away from writing like this.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 2005 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

DKK50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,222, 25 September 2005

Gross USA:

$23,106

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$607,229
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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