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Beautiful Girls (1996)

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A piano player at a crossroads in his life returns home to his friends and their own problems with life and love.

Director:

Ted Demme

Writer:

Scott Rosenberg
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Dillon ... Tommy 'Birdman' Rowland
Noah Emmerich ... Michael 'Mo' Morris
Annabeth Gish ... Tracy Stover
Lauren Holly ... Darian Smalls
Timothy Hutton ... Willie Conway
Rosie O'Donnell ... Gina Barrisano
Max Perlich ... Kev
Martha Plimpton ... Jan
Natalie Portman ... Marty
Michael Rapaport ... Paul Kirkwood
Mira Sorvino ... Sharon Cassidy
Uma Thurman ... Andera
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Stanley 'Stinky' Womack
Anne Bobby ... Sarah Morris
Richard Bright ... Dick Conway
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Storyline

New York based jazz pianist Willie Conway heads back to his small hometown of Knights Ridge, Massachusetts for a high school reunion. The trip is as much to go to the reunion and see his old friends - none of whom left Knights Ridge after graduation - as it is to get away from his current life, at which he is at a crossroads both personally and professionally. He is just eking out a living with his piano playing gigs, and as such he is thinking about taking a sales job. He's also not sure if he's ready to marry his long time girlfriend, lawyer Tracy Stover. Most of Willie's Knights Ridge blue collar friends' best days were in high school, they still having that "trophy" mentality of girlfriends and wives. Only Michael "Mo" Morris is happily married with a family. Paul Kirkwood, whose room is plastered with magazine pictures of models, wants his waitress ex-girlfriend Jan back only because he knows now that he can't have her. And Tommy "Birdman" Rowland, who was the big man in high ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

good times never seemed so good

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and nude pin-ups | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brincando de Seduzir See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,761,790, 11 February 1996

Gross USA:

$10,597,759

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,597,759
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Gina opens up a Penthouse magazine and uses the centerfold to criticize the media's unrealistic portrayal of women. The woman in the centerfold is Lynn Turner from the March 1995 issue of Penthouse. See more »

Goofs

Paul's windshield wipers while plowing Jan's driveway the first time. See more »

Quotes

Willie Conway: You know how it is, the beginnings? When you first fall in love and you can't eat, you can't sleep and getting a call from her, it makes your day. It's like seeing a shooting star.
Andera: It's the best.
Willie Conway: Yeah, but, inevitably it goes away. It quiets down. So, this is my thing see, why get married now? Why not have two, three more of those beginning things before I, you know, settle into the big fade?
Andera: The big fade, that's a awful way to put it.
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Connections

References Lolita (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Suffering
Written by Shawn Smith, Regan Hagar, Cory Kane & John Hoag
Performed by Satchel
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Beautiful Find
10 November 2004 | by heysheckieSee all my reviews

Channel surfing on a snowy day last winter, stumbled on this movie with an intriguing name: 'Beautiful Girls.' Found a terrific movie I had somehow missed when it came out. An incredible cast, great characters, sweet, funny, engaging, and good music to boot. I recently saved it on Tivo, and one of its many charms is that like a book you love, you can pick it up at any spot in the story and be engaged for 5-10-30 minutes or an hour, put it down, and pick it up again.

I keep telling my friends to rent it, but I think they are put off by the title –they expect some movie with Mira Sorvino, Uma Thurman, Natalie Portman, Lauren Holly, and Annabeth Gish to be something this movie isn't – an exploitative movie about 'beautiful girls' – when it is in fact a charming movie about how people move through life yet retain a sense of who they are if they can remember where they came from.


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