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From the Head (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama | 24 June 2011 (USA)
Written by veteran strip club bathroom attendant, George Griffith, From The Head paints unflinching portraits of the men and women who people the dysfunctional family of the strip club, and... See full summary »

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George Griffith

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George Griffith
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Griffith ... Shoes
Matthew Lillard ... Jimmy
Jeffrey Doornbos ... Gordy
Samantha Lemole ... Ruby
Ahna O'Reilly ... Lily
Jon Polito ... Vinnie
James Urbaniak ... Danny
Nathan Anderson ... Darren
Giuseppe Andrews ... Ramone
Jay Giannone ... Mark
Nick Jameson ... Joey
Jack Conley ... Vincent
Joe Hursley ... John
Amy Sloan ... Sophia
Nathan Wetherington ... Brian
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Written by veteran strip club bathroom attendant, George Griffith, From The Head paints unflinching portraits of the men and women who people the dysfunctional family of the strip club, and their affect on the psyche of its resident bathroom attendant. Meshing a journalist's perspective with a dramatic flair, Griffith has crafted a truly independent screenplay. The story unfolds in real time, and is told from Shoes' perspective. If there's a dollar to be made, he doesn't leave the bathroom. And if Shoes doesn't leave, neither does the viewer. Through years of meticulous journaling, Griffith secretly recorded hours of conversations with customers. The result is a fascinating exploration of the host/parasite relationships that are cultivated in this underbelly of Broadway. With disarming authenticity, Griffith uncovers glimpses of wisdom in the unlikeliest of characters. While the rest of the world tramples through the tourist traps above ground, take the journey down the long stairs, ... Written by Anonymous

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Not Rated
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Language:

English

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24 June 2011 (USA) See more »

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The spectator shoes that appear in the movie are the actual shoes that George Griffith wore while working in the clubs. Though seen infrequently, he wore them during every shot of the film. He bought the shoes for $15 at a New York City flea market. See more »

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References Dr. No (1962) See more »

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Fear And Loathing
Written by Dalton Grant
Performed by dBMusicWorks
Courtesy of Entirely Correct Music/BMI
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Smart, Funny, Unique, and Great idea for a movie!
1 March 2012 | by BTurtleSee all my reviews

Set largely within the confined space of the men's bathroom of a New York strip club, FROM THE HEAD is an original and "outside the box" (outside the 'john'?) exercise in character study and personal introspection.

George Griffith - who also wrote and directed - plays Shoes, the bathroom attendant (aka, the guy with the gum, the smokes, the jokes, the cologne, and in this case a yo-yo and signature Cab Calloway-esque wing-tips) at the club. Despite the film being more dialogue driven, Shoes is economical with his words when bantering with the bathroom "clientelle". With each new patron, Shoes says enough without saying too much to coax out some of their story or to share some of his. His is a story of career discontent. The money may be good, but is he wasting his time, his true potential... wasting his life away? The endless stream of characters who enter and exit the restroom range from "I know someone EXACTLY like that guy!" to "I can't believe someone like that could actually exist" and their stories provide compelling vignettes in and of themselves. They all weave in and out seamlessly avoiding a rote set- up/punchline repetition. And though each character has his own performance, it is Shoes who is the charismatic ringleader keeping the circus connected. Equal parts ball-breaker, philosopher, and self-analyzing everyman, Shoes is an easy character to root for, even though you never want him to leave the restroom!


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