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Dopamine (2003)

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A San Franciscan computer programmer falls in love with a schoolteacher in the days after the dot.com boom.


Mark Decena
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Credited cast:
John Livingston ... Rand
Sabrina Lloyd ... Sarah McCaulley
Bruno Campos ... Winston
Rueben Grundy ... Johnson
William Windom ... Tom - Rand's father
Nicole Wilder Nicole Wilder ... Machiko
Kathleen Antonia ... Tammy
Julian Diminyatz Julian Diminyatz ... Dave
Wanda McCaddon Wanda McCaddon ... Margie - Rand's mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Timothy Breitbach Timothy Breitbach ... Mike the bartender
Emma Kanter Emma Kanter ... Bubble Girl
Ivan Kraljevic Ivan Kraljevic ... Sleazy Guy
Dennis Yen Dennis Yen ... Toru


Rand, Winston, and Johnson have a small tech startup company in the Bay Area that's developing a artificially-lived computer character, Koy Koy the bird, who can hear and see and interact with the user. Koy Koy gets placed in a kids schoolroom for testing, and Rand develops a relationship with one of the teachers, Sarah. Rand learns that his scientific understanding of human mating isn't necessarily a roadmap for the real thing. Written by Martin Lewison <dr@martinlewison.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexuality and brief drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

23 January 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Допамин See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,278, 12 October 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,278, 12 October 2003
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Kontent Films See more »
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Technical Specs


| (Sundance Channel Library Print) (dvd release)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the first films to use the Panasonic AJ-HDC27 Varicam Digital Cinema Camera. See more »


Sarah McCaulley: So tell me, why'd that art gallery freak you out so much? You don't have to tell me. Here
[hands him the wood stick]
Rand: What's this? A talking stick? Oh, oh I see. So I can join the generation of emasulated males given permission to talk about their feelings? Sorry, it's a joke.
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N (Eli Janney Mix)
Written by Heinz Riegler, Anthony Hills, and Simon Lambert
Performed by Not From There
Kool Arrow Records 2001
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Has a feel of Requiem for a Dream with more pleasant content.
11 October 2003 | by LfiataSee all my reviews

People are giving this movie unfair ratings. It was both analytic, which we all feel compelled to be, and sensitive. The soundtrack was amazing, and the camera work done with the high speed film perfectly conveyed the mood of the film at the appropriate moments. If you don't like this movie, perhaps you're missing at heart because it certainly pulled at mine.

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