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Beautiful Girls (9-Feb-1996)

Director: Ted Demme

Writer: Scott Rosenberg

Original Score by: Dave Stewart

Producer: Cary Woods

Keywords: Drama

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
David Arquette
8-Sep-1971   Muppets From Space
Matt Dillon
18-Feb-1964   Drugstore Cowboy
Noah Emmerich
27-Feb-1965   The Truman Show
Annabeth Gish
13-Mar-1971   Monica Reyes on The X Files
Lauren Holly
28-Oct-1963   Pavement
Timothy Hutton
16-Aug-1960   Ordinary People
John Carroll Lynch
1-Aug-1963   The Drew Carey Show
Rosie O'Donnell
Talk Show Host
21-Mar-1962   The Rosie O'Donnell Show
Max Perlich
28-Mar-1968   Brodie on Homicide
Martha Plimpton
16-Nov-1970   The Goonies
Natalie Portman
9-Jun-1981   Black Swan
Michael Rapaport
20-Mar-1970   Zebrahead
Sam Robards
16-Dec-1961   Get a Life
Mira Sorvino
28-Sep-1967   Mighty Aphrodite
Uma Thurman
29-Apr-1970   Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Pruitt Taylor Vince
5-Jul-1960   American character actor


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
Sam Robards   ...   Steve Rossmore
David Arquette   ...   Bobby Conway
Richard Bright   ...   Dick Conway
Adam LeFevre   ...   Victor
John Carroll Lynch   ...   Frank Womack
Sarah Katz   ...   Kristen Rossmore
Camille D'Ambrose   ...   Sharon's Mother
Martin Ruben   ...   Chip
Tom Gibis   ...   Peter the Eater
Allison Levine   ...   Waitress at Moonlight Mile
Earl R. Burt   ...   Bartender
Gregory Dulli   ...   Lead Singer, Afghan Whigs
Trent Nicholas Thompson "TNT"   ...   Michael Morris, Jr.
Nicole Ranallo   ...   Cheryl Morris
Joyce Lacey   ...   Reunion Classmate #1
Matthew Nathan Castens   ...   Reunion Classmate #2
Anne W. Erickson   ...   Coffee Shop Waitress
Oliver Osterberg   ...   Drinker #1
Sterling Robson   ...   Drinker #2
Edward Kaspszak   ...   Drinker #3
John Scurti   ...   Ticket Agent
Herbie Ade   ...   Bar Owner
Ben Gooding   ...   Customer
Frank Anello   ...   Irv
Lucky the Saint Bernard   ...   Elle MacPherson


Review by Richard Conner (posted on 21-Aug-2007)

This film can only be described as a pleasant surprise. Timothy Hutton's character returns to his roots in a visit to his family home in his New England home town one winter. Planning to marry, but unsure, he has had a career as a pianist in New York, and faces reunion with friends who have remained in the town, and not achieved significant success. Those characters constituting his friends are very well acted, and feature such prominent actors as Michael Rapaport, Mira Sorvino, Uma Thurman, and a fifteen year old who steals the show. Natalie Portman plays his family's next door neighbor, age 13, who is precocious self described "old soul", wise beyond her years, and having amazing charisma. She grabs Hutton's heart, much to his amazement and bemusement, and to our surprise. It is an extraordinary acting job by such a young actress, and gives hints of her talent, showcased in a variety of subsequent roles. How the film plays out is best left to surprise the viewer rather than to detail here, but the interactions among the adult characters are believable and appropriate for the ambiance of the film. Most viewers will be left pleased but wistful of what could have been in a most unusual sense.

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