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Shy People (1987)

R | | Drama | 11 March 1988 (USA)
New York journalist visits her distant cousin for the first time to write an article about her hard life in the bayous of Louisiana. Journalist's wild drug addicted daughter just adds to tensions between two families' cultures.

Director:

Andrey Konchalovskiy (as Andrei Konchalovsky)

Writers:

Andrey Konchalovskiy (story) (as Andrei Konchalovsky), Gérard Brach (screenplay) (as Gerard Brach) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jill Clayburgh ... Diana
Barbara Hershey ... Ruth
Martha Plimpton ... Grace
Merritt Butrick ... Mike
John Philbin ... Tommy
Don Swayze ... Mark
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Paul
Mare Winningham ... Candy
Michael Audley Michael Audley ... Louie
Brad Leland ... Larry
Tony Epper Tony Epper ... Jake
Paul Landry Paul Landry ... Henry
Warren Battiste Warren Battiste ... Dick
Edward Bunker ... Chuck
Vladimir Bibic Vladimir Bibic ... Welder
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Storyline

New York pretentious Diana Sullivan is writing a series of articles on the theme of "family" for Cosmopolitan magazine. Primarily to keep an eye on her but also because of the personal connection, Diana invites her mid-teen daughter, Grace Sullivan, to accompany her on a trip to research the next in the series, dealing with their own family, most specifically a wing that lives deep in the backwaters of the Louisiana bayou, which has been largely overtaken by oil companies of late. They are most directly connected by brothers: Diana's grandfather Mike, and Joe, the patriarch of the Louisiana wing. Diana and Grace have never met their Louisiana relations, they in turn who do not even know that Diana and Grace exist. As difficult as it becomes, Diana and Grace are able to meet their Louisiana relations, led by Joe's widowed young wife, Ruth Sullivan, who acts as if Joe is still with them, who sees anything related to the city as suspect, and who rules her household with an iron fist to ... Written by Huggo

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bayou | independent film | See All (2) »

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gente como nosotros See more »

Filming Locations:

Louisiana, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$769,119
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cannon Group See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Was #4 on Roger Ebert's list of the Best Films of 1988. See more »


Soundtracks

Goin' to Town
Written, Arranged and Produced by Tangerine Dream
Lyrics by Ron Boustead
Vocal Performance Arranged and Performed by Michael Bishop
Vocal Performance Produced by Michael Bishop and Barry Rudolph
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Great Flick
31 July 2011 | by duckblue99See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite movies. Barbara Hershey is awesome. The portrayal of the bayou is very realistic, claustrophobic, eerie, and downright real. It's kind of a feminine Deliverance. I'm glad I saw this when it came out as it is hard to find now--not on DVD. Definitely worth it. Should have been up for a few Oscars. Why can't it be out on DVD? This is an important film also in that it shows there is more drama to the swamp as landscape that one would think with all the swamp creature movies out there. Yes, there really are creatures in the swamp, but there are also people, just like us. The brothers are also great and the cinematography is stupendous.


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