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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.

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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

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.
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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 »

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Time of the Season
Written and Performed by The Zombies
Zombies Heaven, "Odessey & Oracle and the Lost Album" (c)
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Vinterberg aims at something, but doesn't really hit anything
13 January 2008 | by d-trick-bSee all my reviews

There is something very fundamental that shouldn't go wrong in a film, and that is the so-called "suspension of disbelief". When you sit watching a film and can't keep yourself from thinking that it's all just a film with actors saying their lines on a film set, then it's obviously gone wrong. And that's the very thing that happens to "Dear Wendy". It's a cleverly thought-out, well conceived plan, but it doesn't come to life. The characters feel two-dimensional all the way through, I didn't care for any of them, so I just kept watching from the outside, which felt a bit like looking at fish in an aquarium. Furthermore, the story is painfully predictable - once people take a gun in their hands, it's always an easy guess to tell what will happen in the end, and so it does. Cinematography and everything is good as usual, but cinematography and everything never made a boring film good. "Festen" was such a great, deep, human film - where did the guy go who made it?


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