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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 »

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


Rand: My question is, does the chemical make-up between two human mammals make up our personal involvement a moot point?
Sarah McCaulley: Of course, it's all chemical to start with. It's all just signals to communicate with these bodies we live in, but true love is incredible, all consuming.
Rand: No I totally agree with you, all consuming. BUt so is the lust, I mean is it possibly rooted in physiology rather then
[hand quotes]
Rand: our hearts?
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Written by Bob Dylan
Performed and Produced by Tim Hockenberry
Courtesy of Ram's Horn Music 1976
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Great experience
29 April 2004 | by breitbapSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed the unfolding of these characters, all of which have their own challenges.

The interplay between the programmers is especially witty. Bruno Campos is very funny and Grundy plays a great straight man.

Great visual portrayal of San Francisco.

Sarah has a genuineness about her that reflects reality, not stereotypes or cliches.

I look forward to future works by Decena and Breitbach and they continue to evolve as filmakers.

The Sundance process is one that needs to be supported and I hope to see the Sundance Film Series be a regular thing.

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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

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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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