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Cactuses (2006)

Simon Brodigan gives up on just about everything in his life, and just about everyone in his life has given up on him. He passes the time in his unfulfilling life by working an honest ... See full summary »


Matt Hannon (co-director), Rick Rapoza (co-director)

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Cast overview:
Cliff Chamberlain ... Simon
Carmencristina Moreno Carmencristina Moreno ... Mary Beth
John White John White ... Johann
Ari Gwasdoff Ari Gwasdoff ... Reggie
Jeremy Meyer Jeremy Meyer ... Burton
Alex Navarro Alex Navarro ... Josephine
Travis Chamerlain Travis Chamerlain ... Andrew
Roem Baur Roem Baur ... Thomas
Sara Crua Sara Crua ... Samantha
Joey Trimmer Joey Trimmer ... Frank
Jbar Turner Jbar Turner ... Ian


Simon Brodigan gives up on just about everything in his life, and just about everyone in his life has given up on him. He passes the time in his unfulfilling life by working an honest part-time job with a not-so-honest scam on the side. Simon cuts corners, runs from responsibility, and definitely doesn't want to be helped. Eventually, he is estranged from everyone in his life except for one person -- an eccentric old woman that he steals from. Mary Beth is surprisingly tolerant of Simon's self-destructive behavior, and her persistent interest in Simon's life eventually gets the best of him. While working for Mary Beth at her Cactus shop, Simon finds that his reluctance turns to willingness, even eagerness, to improve the quality of his life and the relationships that he has seemingly ruined. Flirting with the concept of ambition, Simon tries to mend some of the wreckage of his past by making up with the father who has disowned him. But things do not go as planned... With hopes dashed,... Written by Matt Hannon

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Manteca, California, USA

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Production Co:

Pocket Change Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Taped primarily in 2002, Cactuses is the result of a unique, non-profit moviemaking venture that interned 24 high school students to fill primary crew positions. See more »

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Works really well
12 May 2007 | by tikrasSee all my reviews

This movie works really well. In my opinion, it has quite a strong effect with the storyline, which is one of the best that I have seen. The movie concentrates well on the issues in some places, and I appreciate that it made me feel different about myself too.

I give 10/10 because of the storyline and the effect it had on me. But this does not go anywhere to the actual film quality, as it was not good. The movie is really feeling like homemade, there is little editing applied and some noise is also present in the audio. And come on - who films with a shaking hand? The view is shaking all the way through-out and that really does annoy me.

I wish to see more from these authors though, as the story line is really great and just strongly affects anybody watching the movie.

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