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Dear Wendy (2005)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 4 February 2005 (Denmark)
A young boy in a nameless, timeless American town establishes a gang of youthful misfits united in their love of guns and their code of honor.

Director:

Thomas Vinterberg

Writer:

Lars von Trier
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jamie Bell ... Dick Dandelion
Bill Pullman ... Krugsby
Michael Angarano ... Freddie
Danso Gordon ... Sebastian
Novella Nelson ... Clarabelle
Chris Owen ... Huey
Alison Pill ... Susan
Mark Webber ... Stevie
Trevor Cooper ... Dick's Dad
Matthew Géczy ... Young Officer
William Hootkins ... Marshall Walker
Teddy Kempner ... Mr. Salomon
Thomas Bo Larsen ... Customer
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Storyline

DEAR WENDY is a story about the young loner Dick who lives in the poor mining town of Estherslope. When he happens upon a small handgun one day, he finds himself strangely drawn to it, despite his fervent pacifist views. Together with his newfound partner he soon convinces the other young outcasts in the town to join him in a secret club he calls The Dandies. A club based on the principals of pacifism and guns. Despite their firm belief in the most important Dandy rule of all - never draw your weapons - they soon find themselves in a predicament where they realise that rules are made to be broken. Written by Distributionsselskabet

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Country:

Denmark | France | Germany | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 2005 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Querida Wendy See more »

Filming Locations:

North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

DKK50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,222, 25 September 2005

Gross USA:

$23,106

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$604,400
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In Lars von Trier's script, the main characters were in their 20s. Director Thomas Vinterberg decided to change it, so they became children instead. Lars von Trier later stated that he thought the age change was a brilliant idea. See more »

Quotes

Dick Dandelion: The Regulations are, that the most important thing for a Dandy is never to show off his partner, whatever the provocation. We carry them as moral supports. And that's the most important thing. They may be carried, but never brandished. That would be the worst thing of all.
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Dick Dandelion: Not one of us were in doubt about the most important thing of all. The reason why our partners could only be fired in the darkness of the old mine and could never be exposed to full light ...
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Connections

References Dogville (2003) See more »

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Home in Tennessee
Written by Martin Laight & John Weekes
Courtesy of Carlin Music, United Kingdom
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Eyes? Happy. Brain? Sad.
28 May 2006 | by imwithspazSee all my reviews

While the cinematography was very pleasing to the eyes and the young actors did a commendable job, the story itself leaves something to be desired. Though it starts out with an interesting concept, Dear Wendy winds its way into a ridiculous hole. The "twists" are random and unfounded, probably there for the sole reason of providing conflict. Also, the movie tends to be sluggish: watching for an hour feels like two or three. On the positive side, the young actors did a very good job (for the most part). At times dramatic pauses cause more laughter than thought, but that's difficult to avoid with the script. Eye-catching camera angles were used, along with some interesting techniques. To sum up, the director, cinematographer, and actors are probably usually amazing at their jobs; however, if they enjoy their careers they should stay away from writing like this.


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