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Bodies, Rest & Motion (1993)

R | | Drama | 9 April 1993 (USA)
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Nick is a feckless television salesman who gets fired and impulsively decides that he and his girlfriend, Beth, will move to Butte, MT, which he's read is "the city of the future." "I read ... See full summary »

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Michael Steinberg

Writers:

Roger Hedden (play), Roger Hedden (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Phoebe Cates ... Carol
Bridget Fonda ... Beth
Tim Roth ... Nick
Eric Stoltz ... Sid
Alicia Witt ... Elizabeth
Sandra Ellis Lafferty ... Yard Sale Lady (as Sandra Lafferty)
Sidney Dawson Sidney Dawson ... TV Customer
Jon Proudstar ... Station Attendant
Scott Johnson Scott Johnson ... Chip
Kezbah Weidner Kezbah Weidner ... Dine Woman
Peter Fonda ... Motorcycle Rider
Amaryllis Borrego ... Waitress
Rich Wheeler Rich Wheeler ... Elizabeth's Grandfather
Scott Frederick Scott Frederick ... TV Store Kid
Warren Burton Warren Burton ... Radio Preacher (voice)
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Nick is a feckless television salesman who gets fired and impulsively decides that he and his girlfriend, Beth, will move to Butte, MT, which he's read is "the city of the future." "I read that a while ago, so the future should be there by now," he enthuses. He waits until the last moment to tell Carol, his ex and Beth's best friend, about the move. While Nick is working his last day, Sid comes to the couple's house to paint it for the next tenants. He quickly develops an interest in Beth. He, Beth, and Carol get stoned and hang out. When Sid hears about the move, he tells Beth that he's never left Enfield, and has no interest in traveling. Meanwhile, Nick decides to take off on his own. When Beth gets word of this from Carol, she finds solace in Sid's arms. Sid proclaims his love the next morning, and implores Beth to stay. Meanwhile, Nick visits his childhood home, looking for his parents, has an epiphany, and decides to return to Carol. Written by Anonymous

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Nick is leaving. Beth is staying. Carol is waiting. Sid is painting. See more »

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arba Nishimot, Arba Tnuoat See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$764,083
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In the scene when Peter Fonda arrives on his motorcycle and asks Tim Roth if the phone works, Bridget Fonda is actually hiding in the back seat of the car Roth is in. If you look very closely, for a second you see a small blue patch behind the seat for a second as Roth is sitting up. The same color of the t-shirt Bridget wore in the Arizona scenes. In the audio commentary on the DVD, director Michael Steinberg explains, "Bridget wanted to be in a shot with her father. Of course you can't see her at all. She's ducked down behind in the back seat, but I guess it was not since Easy Rider that they'd been in a film together." See more »

Quotes

Carol: You get all the stuff that you want to sell, and I'll make some yard sale signs.
Beth: No one's gonna buy my shit. It's all junk.
Carol: That's what people buy at yard sales.
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References Powaqqatsi (1988) See more »

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Hot Burrito #1
Performed by The Flying Burrito Brothers
Written by Chris Ethridge / Gram Parsons
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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Meaningless, self-absorbed, pretentious and, worst of all, deadly dull
9 April 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Nick is a TV salesman who is discontented with his life with Beth and plans for them to move towns. Carol is Nick's friend and former lover who lives next door and Sid is a painter who has a crush on Beth. This film follows the movement of these generation X'ers as they affect each other's lives.

Done at the same time as gen X movies were in vogue and on the back of Tarantino fever – Roth and Stoltz both benefiting from his success. This claims to have a story but it hides it beneath layer and layer of pretension, making it hard to get involved in. The story does have some clever parallels between the character's lives and Newton's rule that a body remains stationary until affected by another. However the characters are unrealistic and selfish – making it hard to care about them.

The film is actually really dull – it's only 90 minutes long but it felt like a 3 hour epic. The story is really meaningless despite thinking that shots of cacti and using African music will somehow make this deeply profound!

Roth, Fonda, Stoltz and Cates have al been good at least once. Here they're all hampered by bad characters and pretentious dialogue.

Overall, meaningless, self-absorbed, pretentious and, worst of all, deadly dull. What a major disappointment.


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