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Sweet Jane (1998)

Jane, an HIV-positive heroin addict, meets Tony, a young AIDS victim with no family, and the two form a bond.

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Joe Gayton

Writer:

Joe Gayton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samantha Mathis ... Jane
Barbara Pilavin ... Old Woman Patient
Kimberly Scott ... Dr. Gordon
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Tony
Derek Webster ... Darryl
Nicki Micheaux ... Martielle
Phil Fondacaro ... Bob
Russell Gray Russell Gray ... Silhouette
Mary Woronov ... Sales Lady
Rex Ryan Rex Ryan ... Clemenzo
Bud Cort ... Dr. Geiler
Daniel Roebuck ... Kellygreen
Gary Bullock ... Figure
William McNamara ... Stan Bleeker
Milton Quon ... Korean Clerk
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Storyline

Jane is a drug addict who has just been diagnosed HIV-positive. Teenage boy Tony gets close to her and accepts her as a surrogate mother, but he's also terminally ill with AIDS. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lepers See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$59, 16 July 2000

Gross USA:

$967
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Company Credits

Production Co:

NEO Motion Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Quotes

Jane: I know you're following me, little man.
Tony: You're a goddamn junkie, ain't you?
Jane: Junk-ette. Fact, I used to dance in The Junk-ettes.
Tony: My brother was a goddamn junkie.
Jane: So, is he no longer with us?
Tony: No. He's in the big junkyard in heaven.
Jane: That's pretty funny.
Tony: Tell him Tony says hey when you get there.
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Referenced in Mulholland Drive (2001) See more »

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Touching, beautiful, but forgotten film
24 July 2008 | by snewhousSee all my reviews

I rented this movie on netflix with my sister, and though neither of us expected to enjoy it, we were both quickly sucked in by the heartfelt, passionate acting. Both Samantha Mathis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt do a great job, Gordon-Levitt especially impressive despite being so young.

I feel like this film gave me the same deep satisfaction that a really good play can give you. The story is fascinating and moving, the characters are lovable and real, and when it ends, you wish there was more you could watch - a sequel, another movie, just something else with these characters. Luckily Mathis and Gordon-Levitt can be seen in lots of other great movies.

Definitely give it a chance - I won't spoil any of the surprises in the plot, but even at moments when you think it's going to be corny or dumb, it maintains an interesting and real atmosphere. There are interesting literary and cultural references dotted throughout the movie, and I think its a really well-written screenplay. Give it a chance and enjoy!


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