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Hysterical Blindness (2002)

TV-MA | | Drama | TV Movie 21 August 2002
Two friends lament their unhappy single lives while searching for Mr. Right in 1980s New Jersey.

Director:

Mira Nair

Writers:

Laura Cahill (play), Laura Cahill (teleplay)
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Uma Thurman ... Debby Miller
Gena Rowlands ... Virginia Miller
Juliette Lewis ... Beth
Justin Chambers ... Rick
Ben Gazzara ... Nick
Anthony DeSando ... Bobby (as Anthony De Sando)
Jolie Peters ... Amber Autumn
Callie Thorne ... Carolann
Lisa Altomare Lisa Altomare ... Dora
Laura Cahill Laura Cahill ... Tonya
Johann Carlo ... Susan
Alex Draper ... Michael
Russell Gibson Russell Gibson ... Diner Customer
Jayne Haynes Jayne Haynes ... Annie
Susan Isaacs ... Theresa
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Storyline

In this bittersweet slice of working class single New Jersey life, best friends Debby and Beth (both pushing thirty) go looking for love in the wrong place - namely their favorite bar, Oliver's. Rugged contractor Rick eyes Beth but ends up going home with the more assertive Debby. Beth's style is further cramped by the responsibilities of single motherhood. As Debby tries to parlay what was essentially a casual fling into possible marriage with an indifferent Rick, her mother Virginia wonders if her affair with widower Nick is the real thing. Rounding out the romantic possibilities is Bobby, the bartender who flirts with Beth. The women clash as plans go awry, tragedy strikes, and hearts get broken. In the end, Debby, Beth, and Virginia find, if not the relationships of their dreams, peace with each other and within themselves. Written by Schleppy

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In the 80's, they said love was a battlefield...they were right.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cegueira Histérica See more »

Filming Locations:

Bayonne, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The scene in Rick (Justin Chambers)'s house - where Debby (Uma Thurman) offers to make breakfast had to be shot that way because the house actually had no kitchen. It had been gutted for renovation prior to being selected as a location for the film. The filmmakers contemplated building a fake kitchen, but the homeowner refused. See more »

Goofs

The movie is set in 1987, but there are many late-90's model vehicles. See more »

Quotes

Beth: Play anything by Zeppelin, you can't go wrong.
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Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.196 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

What You Need
Written by Andrew Farriss and Michael Hutchence
Performed by INXS
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AMAZING!!!
9 June 2004 | by KIDDO1235See all my reviews

This film was AMAZING!!! Being as how UMA THURMAN is already my favorite actress, this movie just made me love her more. It's a great story. It lets us look at love from so many different angles. All the female characters in this film are strong an independent, but each is so lonesome, and yearnful for love, that they inevitably seek love in all the wrong places. This is a movie that will make you think about your life, and the way you search for happiness and contentment. There are ASTOUNDING performances by Uma Thurman (obviously,she won the golden globe she was so great) and also by Gena Rowlands and Jullite Lewis.I'll admit it, I laughed and cried during the course of this movie. You feel so bad for the characters when bad things happen. You connect with them all, and try to relate to them. It's a great feeling to go see a movie, and be able to leave a different person. Thats what happened to me after seeing this film! You all should check out this movie and appreciate all the love and heartbreak it brings to the screen!


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