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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Fans of the cult band Ween will not hear the song "I'll Miss You" as it's only on the soundtrack album. See more »

Goofs

During the fight, Tommy is held against his truck by two of Steve's friends. The friend on Tommy's left in the rear shots is holding his head. In the alternating frontal shots the hand disappears. In the final frontal scene Steve's friend on the right is holding Tommy's head. See more »

Quotes

Marty: I might just grow to be five-ten. I'll be hot.
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Soundtracks

That's How Strong My Love Is
Written by Roosevelt Jamison
Performed by Roland Gift
Courtesy of MCA Records for North America and London Records for the world exclusive of North America
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Yeah a few pretty girls
6 July 2020 | by kfesporpSee all my reviews

I never get tired of seeing this ensemble movie. Countless times I've watched it since the 1st time seeing it in the cinema, it holds up well; still gets to me. There's sadness, sexiness, dreams fulfilled and failed, mystery and joy. Great actors, Good actresses, some early in their careers. Well worth the watch a couple times a year.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beautiful Girls 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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