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Sordid Lives (2000)

R | | Comedy, Romance | 11 May 2001 (USA)
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As three generations of a family in a small Texas town gather for a funeral, we learn the hilarious, sad, trashy truth of their "Sordid Lives."

Director:

Del Shores

Writers:

Del Shores (play), Del Shores (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Olivia Newton-John ... Bitsy Mae Harling
Kirk Geiger ... Ty Williamson
Sarah Hunley ... Juanita Bartlett
Newell Alexander ... Wardell 'Bubba' Owens
Beau Bridges ... G.W. Nethercott
Earl Houston Bullock Earl Houston Bullock ... Odell Owens (as Earl H. Bullock)
Beth Grant ... Sissy Hickey
Delta Burke ... Noleta Nethercott
Leslie Jordan ... Earl 'Brother Boy' Ingram
Mitch Carter ... Bumper
Bonnie Bedelia ... Latrelle Williamson
Sharron Alexis ... Sara Kaufman
Ann Walker ... LaVonda DuPree
Mary Margaret Lewis ... Ethel (as Mary-Margaret Lewis)
Rosemary Alexander ... Dr. Eve Bolinger
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Storyline

We become intimate with the "Sordid Lives" of a family in a small Texas town preparing for the funeral of the mother. Among the characters are the grandson trying to find his identity in West Hollywood, the son who has spent the past twenty-three years dressed as Tammy Wynette, the sister and her best friend (who live in delightfully kitschy homes), and the two daughters (one strait-laced and one quite a bit looser). Written by Randall Gellens <imdb+add@randy.pensive.org>

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A black comedy about white trash. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nedza zywota See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,111,273

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,111,273
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Delta Burke's role was originally supposed to be played as a larger woman, but when she showed up on the set having lost a lot of weight, a pivotal scene was played as if she had lost the weight, but her neglectful husband hadn't noticed. (The role was originally to be played by Patrika Darbo.) See more »

Goofs

After their arrival to the funeral, sometimes we see Nolita and G.W. in the audience, and sometimes we do not. See more »

Quotes

Sissy: [as she looks at a card on the flowers in the church after paying last respects to her sister] "Jesus called, Peggy answered... Awwwwwwwww"
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Crazy Credits

The DVD has an extended (but deleted) version of Grandma Peggy's rant after the credits. See more »

Connections

References Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Till I Can Make It On My Own
Written by George Richey, Billy Sherrill and Tammy Wynette
Performed by Tammy Wynette
Used by permission of EMI ALGEE MUSIC CORP/SONG OF UNIVERSAL, INC.
Courtesy of Sony Special Products
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Hysterical!! One of the funniest films ever!
10 April 2003 | by dgrandy1012See all my reviews

This movie was so hilarious and entertaining! A friend recommended this to rent and I wound up buying the movie and soundtrack afterwards because I thought it was so brilliant! I personally don't have family members like these characters but I do know people who do! I think it was a real look at small town lower income family drama with alot of comedy! All the actors were brilliant and the comedic timing was perfect. When the film first started, it seems the quality of the film was shot on home video, but as the movies rolls on, you begin not to notice. It struck me that this might have been done purposely to add to the effect of the "white trash" the movie was trying to portray and it did make it more real like you're watching a friend's crazy family on home video.


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