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Story

The traditions of old-fashioned melodrama are given a hip facelift in this homage to the Brill Building era (the late 1950s to the early 1970s) of pop-music glory, providing a perfect match between writer-director Allison Anders and her excellent cast. Illeana Douglas plays a singer-songwriter (loosely modeled after Brill recording artist Carole King) whose life runs emotionally parallel to popular music trends. John Turturro is a stand-in for "wall of sound" producer Phil Spector and Matt Dillon is a thinly disguised version of maverick Beach Boy Brian Wilson. It's a bit too schematic in the way the central character is always in the right place at the right time, but as a tale of fame and romantic highs and lows in the '50s and '60s the movie is funny, touching, and sincere. It's a lively and loving tribute to timeless music and the colorful characters who created it. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Widescreen
  • Closed-captioned
  • Dolby

Cast

Illeana DouglasDenise Waverly/Edna Buxton
Christina PicklesMrs. Buxton
Jennifer Leigh WarrenDoris Shelley
Richard SchiffAudition Record Producer
John TurturroJoel Millner
Eric StoltzHoward Cazsatt
Bruce DavisonJohn Murray
Patsy KensitCheryl Steed
Bridget FondaKelly Porter
Lucinda JenneyMarion
Matt DillonJay Phillips
J. MascisThe Riptides' Engineer
Peter FondaGuru Dave

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Allison Anders
  • Producer: Universal
  • Length: 116 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaSep 13, 1996
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaMA
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaApr 18, 2000
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